This is Alfie, a Golden-Doodle service dog belonging to the presenter at an afternoon conference I attended today for some Continuing Education Units.  It was titled, “Service Dogs for Veterans” but it cast a wider net in that he explained a great deal about Service Dogs and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

It accomplished my main goal, which was to understand if and what the difference is between a Service Dog and an emotional assistance animal.  In Washington, there is very much a difference.  It has to do with public access.  A Service Dog has public access, which means it can go anywhere the handler can go:  restaurant, grocery store, medical clinic, library, etc.  An emotional assistance animal can not.  And it is a felony to try to pass off an emotional assistance animal, or a pet, as a Service Dog.   There is a lot more information on this but I will stop with that.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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