You are in Disneyland… why are you using someone else’s service dog as entertainment?
The woman who posted the video was in Disneyland sitting in her wheelchair minding her own business when this family comes along with their kid and spot the service dog.
Since it is Disneyland and there is not much there to entertain kids the family decides to use the service dog as entertainment. The woman who owns the service was not having it and as a result asked the family to move along and stop distracting the animal.
The family did not take this well and decided to start problems… with a woman in a wheelchair…
The video was posted to the Facebook page Sulley the Service Dog with this description:
People have service dogs for all kinds of disabilities. These amazing dogs have spent roughly 2 years of training to guide the blind, sense oncoming seizures and other medical crisis, aid their person out of a dissociation state, alert to sounds their person can’t hear, and so much much more.
They are with their person as a much needed and loved medical tool and it can be very frustrating when the public doesn’t respect that. As was the case here….
We were sitting with friends near a bathroom in Disney California Adventure taking a much needed break. I wasn’t feeling great to start with. Sulley was tucked alongside my wheelchair.
I had noticed this man bringing his child continuously closer to “look at the doggie” and did my best to stave off my anxiety over it. After a few minutes I called Sulley to the other side of my chair in hopes making him less visible would give this man the hint that he was making me very uncomfortable. Instead he simply did his best to maneuver his child into view.
He began making kissy noises and other sounds in attempt to gain my service dog’s attention. This is when I couldn’t stay silent anymore. Deliberately distracting a service dog is DANGEROUS.
It can cause them to miss vital cues their handler gives for them to alert to their medical conditions. I looked over and politely said “sir, could you please leave us alone? You’re making me really uncomfortable.”
He was not pleased. Some choice words were said about how he’s only looking at the dog and I should “get over it.” I again addressed him with “you’re making me uncomfortable and you’re distracting my service dog from his job. Please leave us alone.”
His temper grew to the point his poor child ended up crying, which I noted to him. His wife then comes upon the scene, yells at me and begins filming. I told them to leave or I would have security called.
After calling for someone to please call security, I took out my own phone to film for safety. Sadly I’ve had people escalate to becoming physical over this in the past. Yes, physical, as in have been physically ass*ulted over asking to be left alone.
I don’t understand how we’ve reached a point where we can’t respect someone who politely says that you’re making them uncomfortable and to just move on.
I assure you, your child will be far happier to meet Pluto and Goofy than to merely hawk at my service dog that’s too busy and too well trained to pay any mind to them.
Edit to add: WOW I didn’t expect this to blow up like it has! I appreciate all the support and I hope this spreads a little awareness to just leave handlers and their dogs alone or at least respect people’s wishes in general if they find courage to speak up and say something you do is troubling to them.
So I messed up the subtitles a bit.
I have some auditory issues and their accents made it difficult for me to decipher. Apparently the unknown comment was calling me fat (I’m 5’7 and about 160lbs) and it was famous “on twitter” not “in two years.” Whoops! 😂 sorry about that everyone, I tried!
The video is nearing 400K views. Here it is:
Leave the lady in the wheelchair alone!!! pic.twitter.com/PmJLZw27u4— DudeComedyPodcast (@DudeComedy) January 4, 2019