Features July 2013 Issue

Taking Advantage of Federal Legislation to Help the Disabled, Service-Dog Imposters Abound.

Gander the Labradoodle is a service dog, trained by Freedom Service Dogs of America. Gander helps his owner, Lon Hodge, a a disabled veteran with PTSD and autoimmune mobility issues. As someone who depends on his dog to help him get through each day, Hodge says it’s obvious to him when someone is trying to pass off their dog as a service dog.

Taking Advantage of Federal Legislation to Help the Disabled, Service-Dog Imposters Abound.

Artificial Needs

An immaculately groomed Australian Shepherd sitting at his owner’s feet in an airplane’s bulkhead row. A yappy Malti-Poo in a shopping-cart seat at Target. A furiously wagging Lab-mix in line at the bank. If all three of these fictional Fidos were wearing vests that read “Service Dog,” you wouldn’t give them a second thought. Or would you?

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