Pets in public places…is it inconsiderate or do people who have a problem with it need to get over it.  Tazabeth Foster chimed in with her 3 cents…

“Hi David this is Tazabeth Foster and I think people need to be more considerate when they bring their pets into stores. They don't require them like Walmart. They put them in baggies people put their food in there. There's a lot of people that have allergies. I myself am chronic asthmatic and I've had to run to my-locker to get my inhaler after somebody's had pets around.  Service animals are okay but it seems like people have no consideration for others any more. You know people just need to be more aware of their surroundings. There's rules for reasons. Thank you I think that's my three cents.”

On Facebook, Brenda challenged this a little with, “I see it two ways. 15 years ago I use to carry my toy Pomeranian  in my purse and most people didn't even know she was in the store. However. I don't know if she was ever in contact with anyone highly allergic. At the time I would've said I didn't care, because the person complaining was probably wearing enough perfume to put me in the bed sick for 2 days."

Abby chimed in with, “We had a diapered chicken in the museum a few years ago-complete with stroller. It was an assistance animal for anxiety. An anxiety chicken. We now have stricter rules for assistance animals.

Indeed we do.  The American Disabilities Act defines a service animal as “any dog… trained to do… tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. 

So a service animal can only be a dog… OR exceptions are made in some circumstances for wait for it… miniature horses.

There is a distinction made regarding service animals and therapy animals, like the anxiety chicken. While therapy animals do perform an important function, they don’t get a special designation by the ADA.

My 3 cents is if you are in a crowded area, consider others.  Your beloved pet may mean a day or so of sneezing and watery eyes to someone else.  Even users of service animals need to understand that people around them may have sensitivities and be as understanding as possible.  And that goes for folks wearing perfume or cologne, too.

That’s my 3 cents.  If you have a rant or a rave, I want to know about it.  Give me a call at 423-643-9722 and give me your 3 cents.