I hate when people say to me “oh, you’re so lucky you get to take your dog everywhere!” That’s extremely rude and insensitive, would you tell someone using a wheelchair they are lucky to be sitting on their butt all day?
I don’t think it’s fun taking Banner with me. I am constantly judged by people who think I don’t look disabled enough or that I’m too young to suffer from PTSD. Banner is harassed by people feeling entitled to pet her or click their tongues at her or people trying to buy her from me.
If you do these things, Banner will give you a look so condescending because you’re a grown human acting like a child who’s been denied a lollipop. There’s no “connection” between you and my medical equipment, just because you want to pet her, doesn’t mean you can.
I just want to get my groceries and go home. If Banner wasn’t here to help me, I’d have to depend on another human. Do you know how it feels to be a burden? To not be able to do the things you used to do?
It’s not “fun” or “lucky” to be treated like an act in a freak show.
I don’t mind answering legitimate questions from people, but the moment you make a kissy sound at my service dog I lose any respect I had for you. It says on her harness DO NOT PET, DO NOT DISTRACT in big, bold letters.
Children can read that and keep their hands to themselves. Adults should be able to, too.
I’m lucky to have Banner in my life, because without her I would have no independence, and I would still feel like a loser. She gives me confidence, she gives me my life back, and I am thankful for her.
Please do not say these things to service dog teams. We honestly have enough on our plate without you giving us a side dish of “envy” that we are disabled and have medical equipment.
It’s rude, it’s weird.
The Purge: For 12 hours everything is legal, even murder 😈
Me: so, like, everything including immigration violations?
The Purge: *whispers* fuck, I think you’re right.