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Access with a service dog

Last night and today I didn't quite have my access for Hermione denied but called into question.

Last night there was a pause as we were waiting to be seated at this restaurant and this waiter said out loud "No... service dogs have to be allowed in restaurants." We were seated by the door. The kids behaved atrociously the worst I've seen in a while. Getting up. Both C and Little T spilled full glasses of water. Hermione snoozed quietly except for when cold water was splashed on her. I made her DOWN again. Another waiter came over with a cloth and said "Don't worry." Hermione settled near the wetness then with a sigh settled on some ice. She has resigned herself to a life of cold water.

Today I had to take both kids to the dentist and as we were walking in the dental assistant said "Dr [] says pet dogs aren't allowed." I said matter of fact "She's a service dog and she's allowed here. It's federal law." Nothing more was said. Hermione sat near Little T then I moved her and she sat further away and the dental assistant said "Thanks" Hermione took another snooze.

Little T screamed partway through the process tired of having his teeth cleaned and examined. The steroids have destroyed the enamel in his back teeth so I imagine it feels weirder than for the average child. Hermione helped keep me calm.

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chamois_shimi
Mar. 26th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Do you have one of those vests for Hermione? I think I've seen ... oh... those might have been for puppies in training, only. Bother. If there were something like that she could wear, it would save you the hassle of having to explain to people.
waterowl
Mar. 26th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
I have a vest issued by CCI which she wears in public and I also have a California Assistance Dog gold medallion that she always wears. The vest helps people who know about assistance dogs but some people are evidently ignorant of access laws or assume that I'm not disabled.
chamois_shimi
Mar. 26th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Doesn't matter what they think of you, she would still have access. Dorks. :P
emerge
Mar. 26th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
((HUG)) Sounds like stuff really sucks sometimes. Those questioning or denial of access times are not always frustrating, depending on your mood and schedule of the day. But when they come at times when you least need/want it to happen, then it's frustrating. Do you think your kids will someday decide to stand up for you??? :)

Poor T at the dentist. :(
waterowl
Mar. 26th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
I don't want my kids to stand up for me but Special K is a vigorous defender of her mom. She has just not understood. Little T is too young.
haddayr
Mar. 26th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
"no service dogs have to be allowed in restaurants?"
WTF??!!?!?
waterowl
Mar. 26th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
Terribly sorry! Comma key broken now. That should be no...service dogs. I thought I put a comma in tere.
haddayr
Mar. 27th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
ah! got it.
poets_hand
Mar. 27th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
I think because your disability isn't apparent, they don't immediately recognize 'Mione as a service dog. If you were in a wheelchair it wouldn't be an issue.

But the "by the door" thing stinks. Maybe next time you could politely request a table further away from the door with the excuse that the draft bothers you or something. I've actually done that before, and they usually move us without a problem, so hopefully the dog won't slow them down too much from moving you to a better table.
goldenlily
Mar. 27th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
You know what really stinks.. is these people that take their dogs in bags into shops and restaurants and they aren't service dogs! No dogs, means no dogs with the exception of those providing service to our country and to individuals in need. Sorry, but your need to parade your 'cute' pink bag and dog around is not a need in my book!

HUG!
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