feuerwerke, on 19 May 2014 - 07:58 PM, said:
...Why would you put a little dog like that in such a stressful and potentially dangerous situation?
JujuFox, on 19 May 2014 - 08:15 PM, said:
I saw him too, early in the morning. If he was brought into a crowded area that poor thing would have been kicked so many times by unaware people just trying to walk past. :<
I have seen small dogs like chihuahuas used as service dogs to help calm a person with a disorder or disability, but they were kept in a carrying case and were marked as a service dog with a sign on the case. I don't know if this was a service dog or not, but it wasn't right to be bringing him around the hall floor like that where he could be accidentally harmed.
Another service dog I saw was a yellow lab. He was being good and was wearing his proper service dog attire.
I can answer for the owner on this one, as I roomed with her this weekend. The "little dog" you speak of is a white chihuahua, yes, and is a registered support animal. He is also used to such "stressful and potentially dangerous situations" as you say. He is accustomed to crowds, knows how to behave himself, and is calm and collected around strangers... which is what he's *trained* to do. When and if the area became too crowded, the owner *did* pick him up and carry him, but there was never a situation in which the dog was in danger of being trampled, nor did he bother anyone at the con. (I don't know how you judge "being good" but not once did this little dog bark at *anyone* at the convention, costume or no.) On the contrary, he was often the center of attention due to his costumes (Ren from DMMd, Boba Fett, etc), and performed his duties as a *support dog* in the convention.
We had been working on getting him registered as a service animal before the con, and his clearance had just gone through, which is why I had asked the questions up above... once he was registered, the problems became moot.
He was also cleared with IRT and the support services at the con, FYI. He also did wear his support dog tag at all times, though it may not have always been visible. (It is not required that support dogs wear a "vest" or whatever "proper service attire" that you think is necessary, that's just for convenience.) The owner had a registered service dog badge that she wore as well, plus an extra clearance badge from the con.
Moral of the story: don't judge unless you know the situation, and don't go saying things are "not right" unless you know every aspect of what's going on. Cool? Awesome.
This post has been edited by Brightdreamer: 21 May 2014 - 12:16 AM