Melissa Hope, a Twitter user, recently posted a PSA that got a lot of attention. When Melissa face-planted to the ground, her service dog sprang into action to look for help. While Melissa was totally fine otherwise, her dog was trained to find help in the event she has a seizure, which is what the dog thought had happened.
The service dog was shooed away from a woman who did not understand that the dog was trying to find help for its owner. This is when Melissa took to the Internet to post a very blunt PSA about service dogs and what it means when they approach you without their owner.
Interacting With A Service Dog
In her PSA, Melissa explains her situation and follows up with why service dogs need to be taken more seriously. “Don’t get scared, don’t get annoyed, follow the dog! If it had been an emergency situation, I could have vomited and choked, I could have hit my head, I could have had so many things happen to me,” Melissa suggests.
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Many people took to social media to support Melissa’s PSA. They encouraged people to learn about service dogs. After Melissa’s PSA many people began sharing their personal experiences with service dogs and how they’ve had success when encountering these special animals. Candid tips and personal stories are very helpful, but if you’re looking for more information, The U.S. Department of Justice’s FAQ page on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and service animals is very helpful.
I love this advice from Gretchen!
Even local pet associations have commented on the PSA with their full support!
Most, if not all, service dogs will have some form of uniform on. It’s usually a bright colored vest. If seen without their owner, they are probably seeking help because it’s what they’re all trained to do!
Meet Nigel, a service dog in training and the unofficial mascot of #ire18. He is the sweetest thing and we all love him! @AndreaMcCarren pic.twitter.com/swAf1vspST
— Meghan Goth (@MeghanGoth) June 15, 2018
It’s evident that Melissa’s PSA was a blatant yet helpful wake-up call. Many people online didn’t even realize that being approached by a service dog may signify that their owner is in danger.
We can’t imagine why anyone would shoo away a dog in general, but now we’re all that much more informed! Thank you, Melissa!
What did you think about Melissa’s service dog PSA? Try your best not to laugh when you watch the video below!
I grew up with Lassie fetching people to save her dumb boy all of the time!
Time to run some Lassie reruns!
Glenn J Shorkey says
I would’ve thought that a service dog without an owner would be a no brainer to follow for exactly that reason. Hey, its not just a pooch wanting your french fries!
Glenn J Shorkey says
That was a hysterical SNL skit, about the convoluted things Lassie was able to convey with barks. I continue to say, “So he wants an au jus roast beef sandwich, maj=yo on the side?” but the real ones, give them the benefit of doing what they’re trained to do, get attention for owner.