May 31st 2009 1:43AM OMG, the amount of mis-information out there really scares me. There is no official certifying agency when it comes to service animals. Assistance Dogs International, Inc. is a coalition of not for profit organizations that train and place Assistance Dogs. (Direct quote from their website) Some people are unable to get a program trained dog. Most programs have long waiting lists, or for some disabilities, there just isn't a program accessible to them that can tailor a dog to their individual needs. They have the right to train a dog themselves (with the help of a professional private trainer if they do not have the skills to do so themselves.) Most owner trainers will actually wash out several dogs before finding a dog with the proper temperament and drive to do service work. (Even with taking the standard temperament tests, things can happen, even with program bred dogs there are washouts.) Most owner trainers will hold their dogs to the same standards (and higher) that the large schools use. A service dog should be so well behaved and groomed that people tend to not notice them. My SD is owner trained for my individual disability. I am usually mobile and my disability is not always obvious. He is a 70lb lab, and has surprised people when standing up occasionally as they didn't even notice him waiting patiently for his next command be it a task or time to go. Unfortunately some people that do not fall under the category of having a disability by the ADA think they should be able to bring Fluffy with them everywhere. Fluffy tends to be some mean growling, yapping dog that lives in "mommy's" purse. It makes the SD community look bad to have an obviously untrained and unsocialized animal in public. It is also illegal to pretend you have a disability when you don't. Business don't stop her from bringing in the dog as they don't want to get in trouble for an ADA violation. In all the posts, I have noticed a distinct lack of mention of the 2 questions that business can ask. Businesses May ask:
1) Is this a Service Animal?
2) What tasks does the Service Animal perform?
Businesses May Not:
1) Require special identification for the animal.
2) Ask about the person's disability.
3) Charge additional fees because of the animal.
4) Refuse admittance, isolate, segregate, or treat this person less favorably than other patrons.
A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless:
1) the animal is out of control and the animal's owner does not take effective action to control it.
2) the animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. (Growling, lunging...)
There are currently some proposed changes to the ADA to make it dogs only, not other kinds of assistance animal.
Also, some places do not realize that they have to accept not only guides, but ALL service animals. ADA trumps state laws when it offers more protection to the PWD (Person with a disability) if there is a conflict. If the state law offers more protection, then the state law trumps.
There's actually basic SD etiquette on both sides of the coin. The person with the SD needs to make sure the dog is healthy, clean, trained, socialized, etc.
The general public needs to not pet the dog, do not whistle, attempt to feed, bark at (yes, even adults in stores have barked at my dog-he just cocks his head and looks at them funny for a moment.), and look at/talk to the handler and not the dog. Any time that the dog is distracted could be a chance for it to miss a command, an alert cue to a medical condition, or any number of things that can happen in a fraction of a second.
Please remember that a SD is not a pet (although they tend to get time to play just as hard as they work), it is a living breathing loving piece of medical equipment. If you wouldn't walk up to someone with a vision impairment and ask to pet their cane, don't expect a SD partner to allow you to pet the dog.
Feb 16th 2009 1:30PM Add me to the list of people that got dozens of rockets, petals, love fools, and other junk, 2 candy bags, and was short one candy. (I also had 6 dresses and 4 baskets) Sunday night I was actually sleeping with an alarm going off every hour to try and get that last candy. Blizzard-epic fail!
Feb 15th 2009 12:05PM I'm glad I'm not the only one. I've hit it every hour while awake and only got 1 bag of candies.
Jul 15th 2008 10:45AM I wonder if in the future they are going to move the druid travel form to a lower level? That was one of the best things about it, was being able to go faster than others for a few levels. Seems silly to get travel form at the same level you get a mount.
Jul 10th 2008 10:51AM Woot! I'm glad to see it coming, and plan to get myself one. I am also one of those "old" people that actually love to have something I can hold in my hand.
Jul 9th 2008 9:58AM Funny this should come up, I was just messing around on youtube recently and found this:
Personally, In a raid, yeah, mages having a table is pretty standard. I hear all the complaining about BG, but really, I notice it as general rudeness all around no matter what class the person is. That's why I don't run any BG anymore. I am tired of people that can't work together, but can take time to flame, tell others to leave the area, use language that would make the US Navy stop in its tracks, and all around show absolutely no regard to other players. Bring your own stuff, and if someone conjures up some lock cookies and manna biscuits, enjoy, but just like anything else, walk in prepared to have to support yourself.
Jun 21st 2008 9:13AM How do you get the pet? A few of us collect them. TIA ;)
Jun 8th 2008 3:22PM go avast..it's free ;) I also have noticed less problems with it than mcaffee or norton. THat and spybot is a nice free option that works quite well. (And ofc Firefox)
May 27th 2008 7:48PM If only I had known then what I know now ;( My druid has lost a form forever.