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While I was in NC visiting my father I stayed at the Residence Inn near the Greensboro Airport. My father hasn’t been well so I flew down from NY to visit him for a few days. There was a free breakfast in the hotel in the morning so I decided to go. And that’s where all the trouble started.
Feeling hungry I took Douglas my hearing dog with me into the dining room. He had on his service dog vest like usual. And he was very well behaved. I went over to get a plate and started putting some scrambled eggs on it. As I tried to get my orange juice and some bacon a girl from the kitchen interrupted me. She said no dogs allowed.
I told her Douglas is a service animal and he is definitely allowed in the hotel. Then she said no he’s not permitted in there. And I said did you read his vest? She said it doesn’t matter he is a dog. At that point I just walked away and I told her she was wrong.
Not knowing she worked there in the kitchen I just ignored her. She approached me in a pretty rude way that I didn’t feel I had to listen. I am hard of hearing and that is why I have a hearing dog. If a person doesn’t face me so I can lipread them I may not understand the words.
While I had the dog’s leash in one hand I continued to gather the rest of my breakfast. I was certainly starving and had no time to be disturbed. As I tried to walk to a table with my food that same girl came from behind me again. She told me to get my dog out of there. Knowing I was on vacation I wasn’t going to accept being mistreated in the hotel.
Because she kept bothering me about the dog, I went over to the manager myself. I told him everything that the girl said to me. He said she was wrong and he apologized for the inconvenience. And I told him I was on vacation and was trying to just enjoy a breakfast in that hotel. He again told me that the girl didn’t know.
Then 4 hours later that same girl came over and apologized to me. She didn’t seem to show any remorse. She only did it because the manager must of told her to. What I said to her was that she didn’t read his vest. And I also told her that I said he was a service dog. And she refused to listen to me the first time. The manager just kept shaking his head knowing I was right.
These things do happen as some people out there are not educated about service dogs.
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on here. Most of my articles were written back in 2013. Seems like the older I get the less I write as I am spending a lot of time with Douglas. He just wants a ton of attention.
As a working hearing dog, he still goes to work with me every week. And at home he stays in the same room with me. The reason is so he can notify me of any sounds I might not hear. A few weeks ago I was waiting for a painter to stop by.
And at the time Douglas was with me in the basement while I was gathering the laundry from my washing machine. Little did I know the painter was going to be 15 minutes early. Due to my severe hearing loss I could not hear anyone come to the door.
But Douglas heard it and he notified me right away. He turned his head towards the stairs and ran to me and tapped me to let me know someone was outside. If it wasn’t for this dog I would of never answered the door on time.
Thank god Douglas can help me out at times like this when I can’t hear the doorbell or knocking. He make life easier in certain ways.
Whenever I go out shopping I always bring Douglas my hearing dog along. He is here to help to notify me of sounds I can’t hear at home. Without my hearing aids on I am completely deaf. In most places we go to there are usually never any problems. At the stores people spend a lot of time admiring the dog. They usually come up to me and tell he how cute he looks. He puts smiles on people’s faces everywhere I go.
Anyway I decided to stop at the Dollar General store yesterday. Douglas had his orange hearing dog vest on as we went inside. Also I always hold onto the leash and have him close to me whenever we go shopping. When I was nearly done shopping, a cashier followed us in the store. I was wondering why she was not up front working. All of a sudden she started yelling something to me.
Oh no not again is what I told myself. She came up to me with an annoyed look on her face. Then she nastily said that Douglas cannot be in the store. She said again no dogs were allowed there. This woman was standing right next to me and I wondered why she didn’t observe what his vest said. Finally she took the time to read it. Then she asked me if he was a hearing dog. And I said yes. He is a service dog and he’s allowed in public places.
Then she said something to me that I didn’t appreciate. The next thing I knew she was telling me to keep him close to me. It’s almost as if she was trying to tell me I did something wrong. He is always next to me on the leash that I always hold. So I was not happy that she was giving me orders on my service dog. Not only that she was wrong to ask him to leave. Anyway that was one unpleasant experience in the General Dollar Store.
In this world not many people are educated on these hearing dogs. This is why things like this happen when I go out in public sometimes. All I can do is to help more people to understand more about hearing dogs. Let’s help to spread this information out on these wonderful hearing dogs.
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Douglas my hearing dog goes almost everywhere with me. Lately he has been attending church services as well. Usually he just sits next to me on the bench or on the floor and listens to the service. Occasionally I’ll give him some dog bones during the service to keep him busy. He is very well loved by the church members.
Good afternoon everyone. My summer has been going great. Just recently I took my hearing dog Douglas to Ohio with me. We went out to eat at some restaurants and he came with us. While he was there, he was quiet and behaved pretty good. He never barked in the restaurants. Now he responds automatically to the doorbell, phone, alarm clock and smoke alarm. When I’m not wearing my hearing aids I can’t hear a thing. So it is very helpful that he is here to notify me of those sounds.
You might want to read more about my hearing dog below.
Today I went to Mississippi Mudds to attend another ASL social event. You can read about it by clicking on that link above. There I greeted some hearing and deaf signers. We got to chat in sign language the whole time. So that was something that I have been wanting to do for a long time. The restaurant was right by the river. I thought the view from there was quite beautiful. Some day I would like to go back there again on a nice day for lunch.