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Just wanted to share a heartwarming moment for me!! Last night as I was going to bed, I was having some "non-specific" anxiety issues (basically like a really mild panic attack, but one that you don't really know the cause of.... just an edgy, nervous feeling.). Usually when this happens my mind starts racing and I have trouble falling asleep and I figured this would be one of those nights! Well, all of the sudden Kahlua crawls over me and tucks her beloved Snuggle bear under my chin, before nudging the blanket up and burrowing under the comforter to snuggle beside my stomach. She actually "GAVE" me her Snuggle bear; her most prized possession that she carries around proudly and shows everyone and it makes her so happy. I really think she could sense something was a little off about me, and was trying to give me something to make me happy as it does for her. I thought it was so sweet... needless to say with her snuggled in "her spot" and a tiny raggedy Snuggle Bear beside my face I fell asleep quite peacefully. =)
Has your dog ever done something that is just not typical "dog" behavior that seemed a way of "reaching out" to you??
 

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I don't bring it up much as it's quite controversial but I have Kahlua registered as a service dog for anxiety too. The thing is; because of a huge loophole anyone can get away with doing it... so some people will take advantage of it. The fact is there is actually NO certification required for a dog to BE a service animal. Service dogs aren't actually even required to wear badges or have paper proof; but there are places online where you can, for FREE, register your dog as a service animal with a database. In fact they state on there that "We do not certify or authorize anyone to use a Service Animal — nor is certification required by law." But it's a lot easier to HAVE a badge or ID card or something to SHOW businesses, stores or people who ask; than to explain everything.
I will give the link to anyone in PM but don't want to post it here. As I said it leaves it open for a lot of people to take advantage of it. There are some places online where you can pay to have an evaluation done and a licensed doctor "prescribe" you a service animal... but those are scams trying to take advantage (and money) of people who don't know better that none of that is legally required. I would hate to see someone use the loophole to register their dog and possible put others in danger if they are rowdy and just want to draw attention bringing their pets wherever they go.... there really SHOULD be some requirements of a service dog with training. For my Kahlua who is registered, and I DO have quite debilitating anxiety which is why I don't (i.e. CAN'T) keep a "real" 9-5 job; it lets me bring her, IN A PURSE, where she is unable to bite anyone or pose any danger. She makes me feel better, simple as that. It's just for the United States. Again it's free to register your pet, they ask you questions about your disability and the dog as well as your name; and they assign you a number. You have the option to buy things like a certificate, ID card, etc. but none is necessary. You can just go to Ebay and buy a cheap $2 pet tag and have them engrave the number on it; that's what I did. And I did order just one $5 Service Dog badge to put on her one (enclosed) purse that I use as now nobody even asks questions if they see it.
I want to make a disclaimer that I am NOT suggesting anyone use this loophole to carry your dog around in a purse because you think its cute. If I'm bringing Kahlua she is in her enclosed purse/carrier and is there soley for *ME*; not for OTHERS to see. This has actually helped me SO many times through various situations that I would've otherwise never been able to go through with. That's the difference between anxiety, and DEBILITATING anxiety; when it actually directly affects your live and the decisions you make. People should just know that these rules are out there and they are wonderful for people with anxiety issues; just like the woman Carrie mentioned. I have absolutely no doubt that if there WAS an existing requirement or certification needed that my dog and I dog would qualify; and would be happy to share the link if you feel the same. I just really don't want to see people take advantage of it.
 
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