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Eureka Times Standard

What do dogs, cats, and PTSD have in common?

Doris Day Animal League:Best Friends for life http://www.ddal.or g/pubs/bestfriends / Fair Housing Act http://www.justice .gov/crt/housing/t itle8.php An Emotional Support Animal (which is what it sounds like your chi is to your fiance) can be in non pets housing with a note from the doctor stating need, and you requesting a reasonable accommodation.  (Jan 4, 2010 | post #58)

Eureka Times Standard

What do dogs, cats, and PTSD have in common?

"There are "service dogs" and "companion dogs" (I have myself written "prescription s" for a companion dog (pets), actually not a "Rx" prescription but a detailed letter of reason and support, which allows people to have pets in rented apartments, etc.). " Yup, another name for those companion dogs is ESA. The problem is, many people are becoming very confused, and think that they can bring that in home companion animal into public places with them since the state of CA gave them a tag. You do seem to be one of those that gets the subtle difference in different names for dogs, such as, service, emotional support, and therapy.  (Jan 4, 2010 | post #54)

Eureka Times Standard

What do dogs, cats, and PTSD have in common?

"We were in a restaurant the other day when a lady with a small dog began sharing her meal with the animal. The dog was actually on the table eating from her fork. When the server asked her to remove the dog the lady produced a Humboldt County document that certified the animal as a “service dog.” She refused to stop feeding the animal and indicated that the dog’s purpose was to help her feel more comfortable eating in public places. Is this a legitimate use of the animal as a “service dog?” How did she obtain this county document? Thanks. " Apparently in CA if someone has a doctors note saying that John or Jane Doe needs fluffy there to make them feel better, Animal Control will give a special tag, however, this does not make the dog a service animal under the ADA. The dog you described is called an Emotional Support Animal which is a pet. It is allowed in non pets housing and on airplanes with proper documentation. They are not trained for public access or any skills to help their handler. They tend to look cute. The ADA specifically states that a service dog handler must have a physical or mental disability that significantly impairs the person with regard to one or more major life activities and the dog must be trained to mitigate the persons disability (and to behave.) A "service animal" that is not behaving (and in cases where the handler is not doing anything to control the situation) can legally be removed and the person allowed to return without the dog for goods and services. ADA Business Brief: http://www.ada.gov /svcanimb.htm ADA FAQ: http://www.ada.gov /qasrvc.htm Example of a public access standard test, which is not required formally, but a responsible and true service dog team can pass pretty easily. http://www.psychdo g.org/publicaccess .html I would recommend printing a copy of the ADA briefs above and give them to the manager with an explanation of the scene you witnessed. Many businesses do not realize they have rights also. PS. The fine in CA for faking a SD is $1,000  (Jan 4, 2010 | post #44)

Eureka Times Standard

What do dogs, cats, and PTSD have in common?

SDC is ok on some information, that said, beware of the fact they refuse to acknowledge that the actual ADA says work or tasks, they only focus on the word tasks. The full text of the ADA definition of service animal and disability: http://www.ada.gov /reg3a.html  (Jan 3, 2010 | post #32)

Eureka Times Standard

What do dogs, cats, and PTSD have in common?

As a PSD partner (although not in CA anymore), I think that the author was in this case trying to do the right thing, however as happens all the time, he got the terms ESA and PSD confused...heck, even the DOT can't seem to understand it. I thought I saw something in previous comments about the author writing another article, and maybe he can talk to people like the head of PSDS (psychdog.org ...her info is on the front page ;) )before sending it to print to verify the accuracy of the article or for additional input. I have found in my readings that often reporters use the terms interchangeably, when they are in fact legally totally different. The main thing I think people don't get: ESA has no required training of any kind, tho we can at least hope for basic obedience. They can go in non pets housing and on airplanes with proper documentation. A PSD (like any other service dog) has hundreds of hours of public access and work/task training. They are allowed anywhere their disabled handler goes with a few exceptions such as operating rooms and open parts of zoos (aka kids petting part etc). A SD can be asked to leave if it is not behaving properly.  (Jan 3, 2010 | post #29)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Disability hardships sour BayFest outing - Hawaii Editorials

My ex was stationed at K-bay, and I was around for the first couple Bayfests. (I really miss that island.) I am also disabled. There's a few things in play here. The base has separate rules from the ADA. Sucky, but true. I can't think of the actual federal law thing offhand, but they have a different set of rules. Bayfest (unless something has changed) is held on what is normally an active flightline. It is on the completely opposite end of the base as the gate, and there is no true straight path. There really was no way to make a special accessible section the way they were able to position the stage etc (when I was there). If they made a section, there would really be no way to see over all the people standing in front of the stage. As for directing traffic, remember it's a bunch of barely 18 year old kids that aren't even all truly trained as MP's, just voluntold from different base units and told to send the cars in whatever direction. As much as it's a pain on the side of the PWD, remember the key is reasonable accommodation and there's only so much they can do. I do agree that making you try to go a mile in a WC with no curb cuts not reasonable on their part. That should earn a phone call to the base commanders office. Maybe peacefully expressing your concerns can make a change for next year.  (Aug 22, 2009 | post #41)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Police report in on frozen 93 year old

Probably they could. I do hope some kind of justice is served. I also wonder in there, if you have someone that is starting to get to where they get that confused as to not be able to pay a bill, who should have been helping him with things like this? I know, hindsight and all, but it is pretty crazy that the utilities can leave people literally freezing to death.  (Apr 8, 2009 | post #2)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Dear Nipple Police, Attn. Judy Rose

"What was the name of that bar in the first Police Academy movie? " The Blue Oyster,I love google. ;)  (Apr 7, 2009 | post #36)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Get pitbulls fixed for free

"can we just outlaw pit bull's already? noboby needs one. they are dangerous. it is a fact. let's be done with it and move on. get a chiuaua, get a lab, even get a doberman for god's sake, but let's be done with pit bulls, for everybody's sake." Could you please be willing to show me where you get your "fact" from? Pit bulls are no more dangerous than any other breed. Unfortunately they have had so many people train them for the wrong reasons and they have a bad rap. Any dog can potentially be dangerous. If a dog has not been socialized, or has been abused it has a higher chance of becoming a "bad dog". On one of my training lists there's a lab that might have to get put down due to fear aggression from mistreatment. I have seen chihuahuas that would happily take your hand off if they could get past your ankles. It's not a breed issue, it's a training issue.  (Apr 7, 2009 | post #15)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Get pitbulls fixed for free

Why would you limit it to only one breed of dog... And please, don't go into the but pits are vicious act...as any dog that is not properly socialized and is mistreated can be vicious. Next thing you know we'll be seeing BSL here too. Also any intact male dog of any breed will tend to have more aggressive and dominant behavior.  (Apr 7, 2009 | post #1)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Breaking here Meijer Concert Series

The only thing I would possibly go see is George Throrghgood. Sorry to say, but wholly not impressed with the lineup.  (Apr 3, 2009 | post #7)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Man jailed in unconscious sex assault

"He looks as though he is mentally disturbed in his picture...scary even. He definitely needs to be seeing a psychiatrist that's for sure! " Could you please explain what someone with a mental issue "looks like"? I've seen some pretty scary looking people that are actually not the ones that you should be afraid of while the clean cut kid next door is the one that is on some serious medications. The guy that went to jail for rape, yes, he definitely needs some serious therapy, tho I'm sure the inmates will also help him learn that lesson.  (Mar 25, 2009 | post #16)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Alleged go kart thief caught in paddock

"Tractor Company? Nice job Woodtv " The actual name of the business is Tractor Supply Company It's a farm supplier.  (Mar 24, 2009 | post #5)