When it comes to dogs, there are a thousand reasons and one as to why they’ve earned their status as man’s best friend.
They can be loyal guardians and protectors, they can be ideal companions and pace setters in life. Perhaps their most valiant post, however, comes in their capacity as service dogs for men and women who need them.
Laura Joos knows this only too well. She has a service dog named Polly who helps let her know when she might lose consciousness. The dog goes everywhere with Joos, outfitted in a harness that clearly explains her duty.
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Back in June, Joos posted about an incident at Walmart involving a mom and her kids who didn’t know or care about what is and is not okay concerning a service dog.
Joos was at Walmart with her two children and her niece. She spotted an excitable family up ahead and, according to Joos, the mom said: “Yes look doggy, woof woof!”
“With people behind me, shelves on both sides,” Joos wrote in recollection. “I had no choice but to pass you.
“I was dreading it, I knew your kids where (sic) going to try and pet my dog. I knew you had no intention on telling them ‘don’t pet the dog, it’s workings (sic)”
Joos did all she could to mitigate the situation, but contact was made all the same. “Your daughter recached (sic) out and SMACKED my dog, hard (sic) an Audible thud as her hand hit her back.”
Joos now wants to raise awareness for her dog and all the service dogs around the world.
“She’s a service dog, please teach your kids not to pet them.
“And maybe you where (sic) having a bad day, maybe you think your the worlds best mom, maybe you just think your kids are angels and can do no wrong and allow them to do whatever they want. I don’t know. I have never seen you before, I may never see you again, but I hope that if I do, you have done a better job at trying to help your children, how to behave better around service dogs.”
Now, it may seem that Joos is overreacting; that perhaps she’s leaping to make a big deal out of nothing. When you dig deeper into her post, however, the truth is made clear.
From the outside, it may have looked like Joos was being overprotective, but that was far from the truth.
“5 minutes before I saw you I got an alert from my dog, my heart rate was steadily climbing, my chest was becoming tight, my vision was going fuzzy, I felt like I was under water,” Joos wrote.
“You couldn’t tell my hip was sliding in and out of place and every step I took was painful, agonizing. You couldn’t see that your daughters actions caused my dog to miss a second alert. My heart rate now nearly 120, I felt like I was going to vomit, luckily I made it to my car before The full effects of my heart rate hit me, like a ton of bricks. I almost lost Consciousness. Luckily my kids didn’t have to stand over their mother in the middle of the grocery store waiting for her to wake up.”
“Luckily your kids didn’t have to see some woman hit the ground, it can be scary for young kids, and even some adults.”
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“I’m sorry that my ‘tip’ to help you help your kids, and help the service dog Community, pissed you off, and you felt the need to snap at me “EXCUSE YOU” in a snotty holier than thou tone, but yes, excuse me, excuse me for expecting YOU as an adult to teach the children you are raising to be respectful of disabled individuals. I’m sure you wouldn’t allow them to grab someone’s cane, or yank on their nasal cannula that supplies their oxygen.
“My dog provides life saving assistance to me every day. She keeps me alive, and safe so that my kids, can enjoy their mother.”
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