Service Angel Percy recently posted a great video describing some of the pros and cons of having a Service Dog.
I’ve noticed that many new or potential Service Dog handlers focus a lot on the pros side of things and don’t consider the cons enough. Which is understandable. Getting a Service Dog (or any dog!) is exciting and has the potential to change your life. But having a Service Dog is also a lot of work and responsibility. They draw attention and turn a quick milk run into an hour long affair.
My Top Pro
There are many good points in the video, but I would have to say that my top Pro of having a Service Dog is:
- Never being alone.
Chronic illness can be a very lonely thing. It’s difficult for people to understand. Even those who live with you and see you everyday. Having a dog that loves you no matter how sick you are and is by your side through every struggle is such a blessing. A Service Dog never gets tired of listening to you talk about your illness and never gets annoyed when you’re too sick to go out.
My Top Con
On the flip side, my top Con of having a Service Dog is:
- People judging you.
Anytime you leave the house with a Service Dog, people are going to notice you. Most of the time, in my experience, people are sweet and curious. But sometimes people can be rude and invasive. They feel the need to assess whether or not you are “disabled enough” for a Service Dog. If they don’t deem it so, they can become downright nasty. You need to develop somewhat of a thick skin if you want a Service Dog, because you will become a spectacle no matter where you go.
Do you agree with the points that are made in the video? What are your biggest Pros and Cons of having a Service Dog?