Is there anything in connection with HELPPES that sticks in your craw?
Unfortunately, yes, mainly in relation to our “Helppesers”. People often actually believe that an assistance dog is public property which they can touch at any time without permission, and they don’t realize that it’s the same as someone reaching into their bag or rummaging through their pockets. I’m also annoyed by all those who believe that an assistance or a guide dog is a poor wretch with a sad expression on their face, who is merely trudging along beside a sight-impaired person or someone in a wheel chair. How else would they be able to perform their duties? By jumping, barking, or running around in circles? A well brought up dog, let alone an assistance dog, wouldn’t do that. The “sad” face is actually the face of concentration.
Most of what the canine helpers regret, and that people don’t realize, is that the dog’s services are only a small part of the day, and more over, their mission is a completely normal part of the dog’s life.
And the third thing that bothers me, actually really pisses me off, is when someone - without asking! - gives the assistance dog something to eat. A sight-impaired person often has no chance to catch this, not to mention the fact that this gift to the dog of a piece of sausage can cause health problems, or problems with the government or the life of the dog, and in the best case, often leads to hospitalization at the veterinarian.