Today at the gym, a dog in a vest was lying down beside his owner who was running on the treadmill. I couldn't tell if the woman was physically (blind) or psychologically (crazy) handicapped.
I am much more relaxed and less likely to throw tantrums when my cat is around. As long as I keep her on a leash and buy her a special outfit, we will both be happier in life. And I dare someone to stop us.
I once researched that issue simply because there were too many apartments that restricted non-therapy animals. The legal answer is because to become a therapy dog, the "pet" must take an approved course and paperwork must be completed. Of course you could always find the right sympathetic doctor.
I understand you, OP. I am on disability because I am skittish. I have a therapy vole. We have matching eye patches and capes and are always allowed to be first in line at the Golden Corral.
A guide dog (for a visually impaired person) has thousands of hours of training. These dogs wear a special harness and are easy to spot.
What types of animals can be assistance animals, where they're allowed, and what certification (if any) is required depends on where you live.
Here's an example from New Hampshire:
The last line of the first post is why I want to keep this thread in my 'thread watcher'. I think there'll be more action ...
Kristin Chenoweth has an emotional support dog. I know she has menier's disease, but is that something to do with it? Otherwise, isn't it the adult equivalent of "I want this and I'll scream the place down if I can't bring it with me"?
Because it hats you
I think it's a wonderful idea, OP. Look up the type of outfit a therapy cat wears in public and fashion one for Tammy.
Introducing pets to social and work settings would decrease stress for everyone.
How did you know I was talking about Tammy?
How could it be any other cat than Tammy?
People at my gym wish I would leave my pussy home.
I've missed you people. Sigh.
You can get a cat registered as an emotional support animal and thrn bring it anywhere.
I put a fake vest on my dog once and someone threaded to sue. I googled it, and you can.
Because cats carry toxoplasma gondii, which causes toxoplasmosis in humans.
This thread is filled with fucking insane people.
My pussy is a therapy pussy!
Because you're cat is retarded.
R13, How would one get a cat registered as an "emotional support companion?" So many apts restrict pets, so that would be a great way around the rules.
My cat used to notify me way in advance of earthquakes or tremors. I also learned when the apt mgr had been in my home, illegally, with the way my cat reacted. When he was hungry, he used to literally open my bedroom door and raid the refrigerator in the middle of the night. He had the ability to open any door, including the oven (when it was off, of course.) Always wish I'd had a video camera way back when.
OP = The reason why people laugh and eye roll at cat people.
When I was single, I just wouldn't date a guy with a cat. People with cats are some of the most tiresome people in Western society.
Legally speaking, service animals do [bold]not[/bold] have to be registered, they do [bold]not[/bold] have to wear anything identifying them as a service animals, and you do [bold]not[/bold] have to carry any paperwork identifying your service animal as such.
[quote]you're cat is retarded.
Glass houses, dear.
Is this really an Umpylicious thread?
[quote]Introducing pets to social and work settings would decrease stress for everyone.
I agree with this.
R20 is insane.
When I was seeing a psychologist, she offered to sign a letter stating I needed a dog for medical reasons so I could get around my apartment building's no dog rule. I ended up adopting 2 cats and didn't need the letter as my building is cat-friendly. But I was pleasantly surprised by the loophole available.
Would much rather hang out with my cat than R20.
Any dog can be an emotional support dog.
That's how we got our dog in the building.
If your building wants to go to court over an ADA issue, they can.