In regards to Leah Rosetti’s commentary on service dogs in the Oct. 21 Herald: First, thank you, Ms. Rosetti for your service to our country. It is much appreciated.
Secondly, thank you for this article which clearly explains just what a service dog is and isn’t. I have been involved in the dog community for most of my life — training, showing, doing rescue, sitting on boards including a short-lived service dog organization. It angers me to see people try to pass off their pets as service dogs.
It’s pretty apparent which ones are and which are not. It seems to be popular now to take your dog everywhere (especially toy breeds), including the grocery store.
I love dogs. They are my life. But I would never consider taking one of my dogs into a grocery store or other food establishment, unless it was a service dog. I have great respect for those dogs who do work in service for their owners. They are very special and their job should not be minimized by people who want to play pretend with their pets.
Nancy E. Borylla