Many people know that while dogs make incredible pets, they can also help people all over the world. Many individuals require service dogs for multiple reasons, and, in order for dogs to be qualified for service, they must go through training. While they are adorable, fluffy, and sweet, it’s a known fact that dogs who are in service training are not there to play—they’re working, like any of us do at our own jobs.
Recently, one mom went viral online for being ridiculously entitled and rude to women who were out with service dogs, after they denied her daughter the ability to pet the dogs. While it’s nothing against her daughter, dogs in training and in serevice are working.
ML Leigh shared the video and story on her Facebook page, and many responded with anger. She told Bored Panda:
“I’d rather people ask than just lean in and try to grab her, which happens every day… but I don’t always have the energy to explain what she’s doing or why she can’t be petted.”
“I’m autistic and sometimes just can’t speak very efficiently at all so I can’t explain even if I wanted to. I might shake my head no, or indicate in some other short way not to pet her or talk to her, and I just want to have that respected. People also often take pictures of us without asking and that makes me really super uncomfortable, I don’t want people to do that at all.”
Had this crazy experience yesterday at the mall where some lady asked if she could pet the dogs. People ask us all the time so I just said, “no.” All the dogs are working so it’s my go to answer. And they walked away. No big deal right? This lady went out of her way to come back with her child and yell at us for saying “no” and for not saying, “nO iM sOrRy ThEy’Re TrAiNiNg.” And we should “have a sign or something.” You mean the 20 patches on my dog that say don’t pet? 🙃 Entitlement these days is real. They even got mall security because we said they couldn’t pet the working dogs. 🙃😂 Security said that the lady was crying 😂 So much harassment for just saying no. This video is public and is shareable. There was no common sense here.
Posted by ML Leigh on Thursday, December 20, 2018
People online were outraged, and the video has been seen over 8 million times.
Maybe next year this mother will learn her damn lesson.