Friday, January 29, 2016

Denials, demos and love: My life with a service dog

So many questions have been asked about my life with a service dog, that I finally created a You Tube video. It explains some of what we have faced and touches on the denial that we faced at the National Institutes of Health, Safra Family Lodge in 2014.

Of all places, who would think that I and my service dog denied there at the NIH? I never saw that one coming. Government agencies are usually better about ADA compliance. The DOJ complaint took a year, but had good results. I just hope the results are long lasting and a service dog denial won't happen there again.

Tomlin has been written about before, but this is the first time that he has strutted his skills in front of the camera. Tomlin does a couple of brief demos near the end of the video. It ends with a terribly cute scene of him licking my daughter all over. It's hard to say who enjoyed creating that part of the video more!

I hope this will help answer some of your questions. He is not a pet, companion, or therapy animal. He is a smart, loyal, loving service dog who truly enjoys working.  Click to watch the YouTube clip. You'll see what I mean. While you're there, if you could like the video and comment on it, we would appreciate the help.