I have decided to get an working dog, which I plan to train with the help of my daughters. He or she will help me carry my things, pick up those items I can't get on the floor, etc. ( will he wash the dishes... my kids won't ;}... and to prove to people that I actually live in major pain all the time and am disabled.
I feel like I need to hang my disabled sign from my car around my neck!
Fortunately I have raised and trained dogs in the past. I am reasonably mobile, and not in a wheel chair but hauling bags and walking long distances is really hard on me .
And after an absolutely horrible experience at the airport earlier this week where I had to prove my disability to the airline attendant and the obnoxious guy standing next to me who insisted there was nothing wrong with me and I was faking it all just to get on the flight.
I actually showed them my Edward Scissorhands back covered in scars, shocked the hell out of them all. But I am just so tired of this harassment and discrimination, it is time to take a stand ! I don't back down and just take it anymore.
Since the airline attendant made me miss my flight because I was 30 seconds late in checking in my bag, which needed to be 1 hour in advance. All after struggling to drag my bag over carpet surfaces, resulting in much more back pain, no porters or outside check in of course.
This resulted in a $50 fee to get me on and a (** edited to remove the airline company name)6 hour delay sitting ( which I am banned from doing for more than 30 minutes at a time) in the airport.
I forced the guy who was making all the crack comments about my inappropriate faking and comments pay the $50.00. He actually did it!
So stand up for yourself, we need to have a voice. Just because you aren't clearly disabled doesn't mean you aren't.
I have had problems with ** edited to remove the company airline name** every time I fly them, and I fly a lot as a coach and consultant. **Edited to remove airline name** is the best for helping out and being sensitive to my particular needs.
What are your thoughts about using a dog to help you get things, carry items etc? Would you do it?