Service dogs provide support to those with PTSD, one wag at a time

Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM.

However, Boles said, when he leaves the base he sometimes runs into problems having Fisher with him.

“People tell me I can’t come into their establishment with an animal,” Boles said. “People ask if I’m blind and when I say no, they often ask why I need a dog. Sometimes they even think Fisher is an attack dog.”

According to the American Disability Act, Boles is legally allowed to bring Fisher with him into all businesses and nonprofit organizations that serve the general public.

“The looks I get burn into me,” Boles said. “The eyes ask the question people don’t or won’t ask. They wonder why I’m there with a dog because I look OK.”

The Transportation Security Administration even gave him a hassle with Fisher last year as Boles was flying out of Colorado, he said.

“They made me strip him out of his vest and gear so they could search him,” Boles said. “Then they separated the two of us. It was very condescending to both of us. Neither of us deserved to be treated like that.”

One of Boles’ biggest pet peeves is when people touch or pet Fisher while he is wearing his vest. He is understanding of children though, he said.



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