A service dog is a type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental illnesses (such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)), seizure disorder, mobility impairment, and diabetes.
They are an extension of that person and help them lead a more normal life. But not everyone is excepting of these amazing animals – even though it’s the law!!! The Airlines told a disabled boy that he couldn’t ride on their plane because his service dog was too big.
Yes, you heard that right…Bryant Weasel, 12, was going on his first vacation ever when this event occurred.
Granted, Bryant’s dog, Chug, is a big dog at 110 pounds – but he IS a service dog. The uninformed flight attendant had the nerve to question if Chug was really a service dog at all. But Chug didn’t fit under the seat, as the airline requires, so they were thrown off.
Bryant has Dravet Syndrome – a rare kind of epilepsy. His service dog can tell when Bryant is going to have a seizure and helps him be safe.
Afterward, the airline apologized. Those apologies can’t replace the Thanksgiving dinner that was missed.