Hello , I'm new so bare with me,
I read a post on this forum questioning a Pomeranian as a service dog. I was have trouble with RA attack so typos were horrendous when I 1st wrote this letter. Please bare with me in an attempt to make repairs. Regarding the post I read I believe she was referring to me as I have the only legit pomeranian service dog in the USA that I'm aware of. Since 1st writing that I have come accross another Pomeranian service dog for a deaf women. How awesome is that? As for my service dog Teddy an alert and mobility dog.The only dog trained to alert to a breathing emergency. My pulmonary specialist, Dr. Robert Zaggagnini MD, is convinced Teddy's perception of my disorder is similar to that of a seizure patients. I have an acute sleep disorder both day and nights that is similar to a seizure as well as Rheumatoid Arthritis and he assist picking things up and is awesome taking off my ted hose. He's been all over the country for sleep studies as we're trying to train more service dogs to help those unable to use CPAP machine and those with Narcolepsy.I constantly find that when your service dog is small, not a Retriever or Shepherd they are considered fraudulent. That's not the case anymore and I'm currently trying to create a web page in hopes of educationg world that service dogs can come in all sizes. Also a suport group for those with smaller service animals. Teddy has completed 120hr public access training and passed the RIVIT test. This is extensive training that ensures the public as well as the handler is safe in public places and crowds. Those who know Teddy are amazed of his behavior. The reason he's in the basket and carrier is his size. The world is a dangerous for little legs and feet. Carts are dangerous to little legs and small feet plus people don't see him and step on him. He has a carrier with wheels he travels in alot to to keep people at a distance and to help prevent petting. He's cute and people want to touch. I'm on alot of meds, (humara, methotrexate, plaquenal, predisone, etc. for RA plus provigal for sleep disorder all lower my immune system and doctors feel lot's of hand touching him, then me touch him increases my risk of infection tenfold. Plus is distracts him from doing his job and I get tired of interuptions on my bad days when I feel poorly and just want to get my shopping done.
I hope that answers some questions. Please know their are many out there that are fraudulent and buying fake ID's and vest just so they can take their pets in stores. The law will catch up to them because it's not just local it's a federal crime that is spelled out in detail under the American Disabilities Act. It takes alot of training to be a service dog and they ARE NOT A PET! By taking a dog in to a public place that has not been through such extensive training not only put's the handler at risk but the public is at risk. They are the equivalent of a prosthetic leg, arm or wheel chair and should be treated with the same respect. Would you point and laugh at someone in a wheel chair, someone with a prosthetic leg or arm, I think not. Would you giggle at a blind person with the a Shepherd? Would you ask to pet the leg the wheel chair the arm. I know that sounds silly but put your self my shoes trying to get my shopping done being made fun of most the time doing it. Next time you see Teddy be grateful he's their to help me. He saves my life everyday and because of him I can lead aa normal life. He and I deserve the respect he so rightly deserves
I hope that answers some questions. You can see more about Teddy by going to his twitter or web page tedstersmom or get the whole story by going to google + Holly A.Clark
I hope this doesn't come across in a mean manner. I only goal is to educate the world on the smaller service dogs. The legit ones.
Holly A. Clark & Teddy USSERVICEDOGREGISTRY ID 1273465195