As you may already know, I have a service dog named Gunny. Gunny is a psychiatric service dog. But it seems like when ever you mention that word to people, they immediately think your a crackpot. I don’t consider myself a crackpot. I suffer from PTSD and it brings on panic attacks. Gunny handles this by begging for attention. This stops them by diverting my attention. To make it easy on everyone, when someone asks me what Gunny is for, I just tell them he is an Alert dog. This seems to satisfy people. As they automatically think he is a seizure dog. I don’t care if they think that. And technically he is an alert dog because he alerts me when I’m about to have an attack.
I began suffering from these 5 years ago. After seeing my best friend (who was more like a son to me) attacked and killed by a stranger. Despite my efforts to fend off the attacker, with the ending result that I shot and killed the attacker, my friend still died. I guess everyone’s mind has a limit on how much it can take. That was mine. It was after this that the panic attacks set in. I was diagnosed with PTSD. This is when I learned that you do not have to be a Veteran to have it.
Yesterday, while I was in Costco, I had someone come up to me and say with a sneer…”Is that really a service dog,or just a pet?” As much as I wanted to reply with a smart remark after his rude question, I simply replied “Well I would be in a awful lot of trouble if I was passing him off as one. Yes he is my Service Dog”
This led me to a question to post to the group. How do you handle rude questions? How do you handle it when someone asks you what your dog is for? Have you ever had someone so pushy that you ended up having to tell them that you would rather not talk about it, or to mind their own business?
Sussie and Gunny