Topper, Danny and Murphy
Ramona had to cover rules for public outings because today was going to be our first official public outing with the dogs. I thought I knew quite a bit about the laws when it comes to service dogs but I was clearly wrong. I had a lot to learn. Service dogs are covered by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and have the right to go anywhere I go. This includes doctors offices, restaurants, hotels, shuttles, taxis, parks, zoos, grocery stores, and the list goes on and on. Services dogs are NOT pets, they are medically necessary to help perform tasks for an individual with a disability.
Annabelle thought Ramona needed help teaching
Rich and Topper
A business that denies you and your service dog access can open themselves up to federal and state penalties and civil litigation. Tennessee law states that a business who denies access to your service dog could face a Class C Misdemeanor resulting in up to 30 days in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.
After our lecture we all practiced the following commands.
Go to bed.
Ready to practice
Today's lunch was provided by volunteer Deb. She prepared a spinach lasagna, pepperoni lasagna, salad, chocolate cake, and Italian ice cake. During lunch we had our dogs practice a settle under the table while we ate. This was wonderful preparation for our real food outings that will start on Saturday.
Everyone settled for lunch
Good settle Topper
Always potty your dog before going in a store
Our help team
Shopping for mascara
Mason and Danny
Murphy's favorite aisle
DeeDee was a huge help
Card shopping with Danny
Waiting in line
Rich and Topper cruising the Walmart
Annabelle says YAY!!