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Old 10-09-2015, 05:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The only thing I'd suggest is attach a quick care sheet with your emergency contact info attached to the back of the carrier. If it's on top, it could block the view, same for the sides. Also the hot hands hand warmers that you snap and they heat up work as emergency heat.
With a dog or cat, you can check the collar. And their care is pretty straight forward, so there is minimal guessing for police/fire and ems personnel.
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Old 10-09-2015, 05:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The only thing I'd suggest is attach a quick care sheet with your emergency contact info attached to the back of the carrier. If it's on top, it could block the view, same for the sides. Also the hot hands hand warmers that you snap and they heat up work as emergency heat.
With a dog or cat, you can check the collar. And their care is pretty straight forward, so there is minimal guessing for police/fire and ems personnel.
Oh my gosh, thank you!!!! That's a great idea and will make me a lot less nervous about it
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Old 10-09-2015, 06:44 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Agreed with the comments about things to consider so far. But one thing that I consider very important and frequently see people ignore:

Do NOT take your hedgehog to a place where animals are not allowed due to food considerations. Restaurant, fast food place, grocery store, etc. I don't care where it is. If there is food, your hedgehog doesn't need to be there. I see way too many people brush this off because their hedgehog never leaves their purse or bag or whatever. I don't care. I think it's ridiculous, irresponsible, and selfish for people to risk this. If your hedgehog is found, it could cause issues for the people who work at the store, and there could be greater repercussions. Hedgehogs are illegal in a few states already, and there's been at least one silly salmonella news story that came out about hedgehogs. We don't need to cause bigger issues because we think our pets need to come everywhere with us. Service dogs are the only animals that should go into food-related areas, and that's only because their people need them.

(Also I know my message is rather strongly worded for me, this isn't meant to be at you. This is just a point of frustration for me, and something I feel strongly about! Hedgie outings are fine if the hedgie is fine with them, but they don't need to be frequent or to food places.)
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Old 10-09-2015, 06:53 PM   #14 (permalink)
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This is starting to become a real problem as "emotional support animals" gain traction. People think an ESA = a service animal, when in reality they are two completely different things. Basically all an ESA means is that you may be able to get around animal restrictions in residences in certain municipalities, but some people have been taking advantage of ignorance and claiming they can bring their pet anywhere. It's making everything more difficult for people who actually need service animals.

Complete off-topic, just something that's been a bother to me this year!
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This is starting to become a real problem as "emotional support animals" gain traction. People think an ESA = a service animal, when in reality they are two completely different things. Basically all an ESA means is that you may be able to get around animal restrictions in residences in certain municipalities, but some people have been taking advantage of ignorance and claiming they can bring their pet anywhere. It's making everything more difficult for people who actually need service animals.

Complete off-topic, just something that's been a bother to me this year!
Add therapy animal to the list as well. Also other animals technically could be service animals.
Sorry I see this often with other groups, not related to animals. Service animals can be trained for emotional/mental problems. They are not therapy or emotional support animals. They possibly are service animals, and have the same rights as any other service animal.
That being said. If you bring your animal into a store and try and pass it off as a service animal, you are consciously making things that much harder for those who actually need their animal to function in life.

End of rant...
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:19 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I believe the exact definition is, as you said, they are trained to provide a service. That could be something as relatively "simple" as cuddling up to a person who is having a panic attack to help them calm down, or something more complex like retrieving medication or guiding someone who is blind. I didn't mean to imply that service animals cannot provide therapeutic benefit, just that "emotional support animals" are not animals who are trained to provide a service and thus don't have the same rights as service animals to enter restaurants and other restricted areas.

But yes, there are a wide range of service animals. We typically imagine them to be dogs in coats, but they can be cats, monkeys, horses, ferrets...pretty much anything you can imagine that can be trained to serve a specific function.
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:28 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I love this rant and that people are talking about it I run the market portion of a large retail outlet and it makes me furious when people bring their non service animals into the grocery store TAKE YOU PETS INTO PET FRENDLY STORES like pet stores NOT grocery stores there are children and seniors with severe allergies and do you want to have pet dander on you produce and meat? Also for the jerks who put their dogs into the grocery cart; do you want your child's bare skin touching the same surface as a dogs
butthole? This is a major problem in PDX It's so inconsiderate... and ridiculous.Thanks for letting me rant.

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Old 10-09-2015, 07:41 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Generally speaking, those who have a legit service animal don't want the animal noticed. Am extension of this is they will go out of their way to make it appear the animal wasn't there. Ie. In a strange situation with a service animal is in the cart, not sure why, they would most likely wipe the cart down when they are done.
We are taught from a young age not to stare at a person on a wheel chair. The person wants to be noticed, not because of the chair. The same generally goes for an individual with a service animal. They wouldn't want you to remember them poorly for their animal.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:11 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I agree the genuine service animals are well behaved and very inconspicuous. I was referring to the entitled A$$&@*L's that think it is their universal right to take their dog into any public place. Not people w/disabilities.
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