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Old 12-18-2018, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by katharsis View Post
I think that there are three categories of "support" animals:

1. Trained service dogs for people with physical disabilities
2. "Legitimate" emotional support animals for people who are suffering from some kind of mental trauma, such as the OP
3. "Feel good" emotional support animals for people who just want the comfort/companionship of their pets

IMO, it should be easy (if it's not easy already) for those in the #2 category to get documentation from a doctor or therapist stating that a specific animal IS necessary for the well-being of its owner. In that case, I think that the same "privileges" should be given to those animals and owners as are service dogs and their owners.

However, I do agree that the needs of people should take precedence over someone who just wants to bring their pet gerbil (or whatever) on a flight for convenience and/or company. I think the problem is that people and animals in category #3 have made it more difficult for people with "legitimate" needs.

I also think that stores should advertise whether they are pet-friendly or not, and then people can decide for themselves whether to patronize those businesses or not. (I personally think that any lost business will be replaced with new business, but I could be wrong about that, of course.)
Excellent idea!

To be clear, though, many stores do advertise that they’re pet-friendly...some don’t, though. The real issue is that those anti-pet people (severe allergies, extreme fear) don’t do their due diligence in researching pet policies. Instead, they get angry at pet owners simply adhering to the store’s policy.
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Old 12-18-2018, 07:51 PM
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I can sum up my opinion of animals in a public place...………...many years ago this Weirdo/idiot? came into a bar I was seated at the bar/counter.The place was almost empty but this guy decided to sit in the stool next to me. With his 4 foot python wrapped around his neck and shoulders.immediately after sitting down he looked at me with this smirk on his face while I was keeping my eye on his "pet". He said " I hope your not afraid of snakes" I replied "hell no, but if that critter touches me i'm pulling its head off" He didn't say a word and got up and moved to the end of the bar.
You can bring your "pets" wherever you want but if "fluffy" touches me...…….I WILL defend my space...…..
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Old 12-19-2018, 04:21 AM
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I was in a store the other day a woman had a damn chicken in a straw basket in her shopping cart.
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Old 12-19-2018, 06:09 AM
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Originally Posted by MPowering1 View Post
And here's a woman whining that Walmart won't let her emotional support dogs (plural) sit in the carts anymore. Jesus, stay home if you can't cope.


By the way, the comments are priceless....lol.
No kidding!

Reminiscent of a few P&OC threads.
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