NEW PROPOSED LAW TO ALLOW PETS IN RESTAURANTS / A Service Dog Handler's View of HB 249

NEW PROPOSED LAW TO ALLOW PETS IN RESTAURANTS / A Service Dog Handler's View of HB 249

My reactions and feelings for this new bill.
01/30/2019

New Hampshire’s House Bill 249

Presently, state laws allow service animals but ban all other animals in restaurants.

The idea for this bill/new law: “to give veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder a chance to stay comforted in restaurants with their animals, and put restaurant owners in the driver’s seat.”

article
https://www.concordmonitor.com/New-Hampshire-House-bill-allow-dogs-in-restaurants-22841171

bill text
https://legiscan.com/NH/text/HB249/2019

4 Comments

  1. Casie French on May 25, 2022 at 12:52 am

    Dear fellow service dog handlers, how often would you go to a restaurant if they where pet friendly? Never? sometimes? just as much as you do now?

  2. Adam Guymon on May 25, 2022 at 12:58 am

    I love your video. I am disabled myself and I am legally blind and I use a power chair. I don’t have a service dog but I believe that the laws we have now are not very strong and the way that businesses handle SD access issues can scare someone who really needs a service dog away from wanting to get one and that is disabling people.
    #ServiceDogsAreHeros!
    One the people who want this bill are people who are not "DISABLED" to begin with. The people that say they "REPRESENT" you and I are not Disabled and most of them don’t think about Access Issues that PWD have or even see what all of us go through. When it comes to Disabilities and Access we are at the bottom of the "Totem Pole" but if they thought about disabilities then everyone would be treated the same and everyone would get the same access but that is not true in today’s world. I hope that bill doesn’t go through because it is bad enough that we have to struggle to fight to just survive? As a matter of fact, I wish there was a nationwide federal law that ALL types of businesses would have to go through a training from the ADA and they would have to prove that they understand and will agree to follow the ADA laws or the business would not be allowed to receive their business licenses. Their employees or volunteers would have to agree to these same rules or they would not be able to work there? The other thing is if someone fakes a SD or a business breaks the laws of the ADA they can face major fines and if a SD team is hurt or killed because of a Fake SD the person and even the company can face Life in Prison Without the possibility of Prole.

  3. Brooklyne Hurley on May 25, 2022 at 1:12 am

    I would never go to a pet friendly restaurant. First because I’d fear for the safety of my service dog. Pets and ESA’s don’t have to be trained, and many owners have no shame. I’ve seen owners trying to pass off dogs that are dirty, matted, running around public places, eliminating in the floor as Service Animals! If people exist that believe they can pass that off as a highly trained animal, then I can only imagine how many more people would bring pets like that if they knew they were allowed to. I’m sure you keep your service dog to similar standards to myself. He is always clean, brushed, and follows a bathroom schedule that ensures he would only have an accident if he was to randomly get sick (if he was sick before we were going into public, then I’d just stay home). He is taken regularly for worm tests and is up to date on every vaccination. And of course, my standards for his behavior are just as high. But the general public don’t have to meet these standards for their pets. The only vaccination required in my state is rabies, so people often don’t vaccinate their dogs for parvo, distemper, leptospirosis, ect. I don’t want to subject my dog or my food to potentially diseased pets. And let’s not even forget the worm crisis this would cause. My dog is tested and dewormed very regularly, but a lot of pet owners don’t do this. We all know how much pets poo in pet-friendly places like Petco, the same would definitely happen in pet friendly restaurants. I don’t want to eat my food next to tape worm infested crap that’s some elderly lady’s ungroomed shihtzu freshly laid in the middle of the dining room, regardless if if I have a service animal or not.
    It goes without saying that to have a service animal comes with a massive amount of responsibility. Sadly, that responsibility is not required of pet owners.
    Throughout my dog’s youth he was rewarded for letting toddlers pull his ears, his tail, he was praised for accidentally getting stepped on. He was socialize with cats, rabbits, toddlers, all different sizes and sexes of dogs, even squirrels. I have no doubt in my mind that if some unruly toddler ran over slapped him right in the face, he’d just let out a yelp and then turn excitedly to me expecting his treat and pettings. This is not something you can expect out of every pet dog, in fact I’d say most pets, unless raised in a household with small children, wouldn’t tolerate this. I feel like that is a good way to get a lot of people’s pets put down for biting, when they shouldn’t have been put in the situation to bite to begin with.
    It also really grinds my gears but they are specifically saying that veterans should be able to bring pets and esa’s. I have non-combat related PTSD, and I would hope my condition was taken just as seriously as theirs as a veteran with the same condition. I had to train my dog up to not only best help me, but also to allow us into public without being a nuisance to others. I don’t see why veterans shouldn’t be held to the same standards. There are also so many more programs available to veterans. I could not get my service dog from a program, so I had to raise the dog myself. Veterans already have a bit more of a chance of finding a program dog, so to assume that they should just settle for ESA’s or pets, or that their ESA’s and pets are to be considered equivalent to our highly trained service animals is offensive to both Veterans and other service animal teams.
    Sorry for the rant, but that bill just seems like it was specifically designed for the people already trying to pass of their untrained animals as service animals to get a free pass.

  4. bridgidthepirateelf on May 25, 2022 at 1:27 am

    I hope it doesn’t pass. I live in California and if anything like that passed here, I’d be even more terrified to go out in public, and the whole thing of having a service dog is to give me more freedom and control over my disabilities. Also if you are a veteran with PTSD so bad you need constant comfort, get a service dog. I have PTSD I know what it is like, that is one of the reasons I have a service dog.

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