Sorry for slacking on these posts, but this weekend was pretty busy so I thought we’d just make it something that will happen each weekend this month – no “National Guide Dog Month” posts on weekends.
Today, Huib and I took Cessna and Rogue into town for a little sidewalk and intersection work. While walking the streets of Englehart, I heard a few people saying to their companions that they must not distract the working dogs. As I mentioned earlier in this post, we would actually like people to come up and ask to pet Rogue.
This got me thinking about all the service dog handlers who have a “absolutely no petting” policy, or who wish people would just stop asking.
Instead of taking the time to write a post about everything that has already been said by some other bloggers, I thought I’d just give links to their wonderful posts.
I am in the “ask, and I might let you pet my guide dog” camp.
I understand why some people have an “absolutely don’t pet my guide dog” policy.
And I understand why some get really annoyed by people constantly asking.
But, I have been blessed to have been matched with dogs who could care less about other people and their attempts at distracting them from their job.
I guess the bottom line is…to always ask someone before petting their dog, whether it’s a guide dog or pet. It’s just safer that way for everyone.