Every now and then, you see something on the internet that makes you realise that you definitely don't know everything - and this was one of those moments for me. It seems super obvious, but honestly I had never thought about what to do if a service dog came up to me. This information, however, could save a life.
After a personal experience that didn't quite go as planned, Twitter user Melissa Hope (@lissalet) shared a PSA that could potentially help a whole lot of people.
If an unaccompanied service animal approaches you, it means their owner is in need of assistance.
my classmate's service dog came up to me alone outside and i said "where's your mom?" he ran off and i ran with him. his mom was having a seizure on the sidewalk and i was there to put my sweater under her head to protect her.— gretchen (@solelymoving) June 18, 2018
always follow a service dog https://t.co/oruNJDW2YK
It seems a great deal of people didn't know this - I know I certainly didn't! However, people are very glad of the heads up.
I honestly didn't know that I was supposed to follow a service dog in a vest if it approached me by itself.— Jim Campbell (@JustJimWillDo) June 18, 2018
I do now.
So do you.
The world is a slightly better place. Well done us. https://t.co/uzVCs4zQNe
In other news, shoutout to service dogs - you guys are doing a great job.