Isaac continues to be a novelty at the library when I am tutoring there. This week, when I went to use the restroom, a woman in there bent over to look more closely at him and then took a few steps after us, as if she was actually going to follow me into the stall. I pretty much had to shut the door in her face. How weird is that?
And when I was arranging my stuff on a table, a man that was tutoring a teenage kid at the nearest table (which was very close), started talking to the kid about my dog. "That's a helper dog. Or maybe it's a comfort dog. It's some sort of service dog."
I was seriously considering turning to him and saying, "You know I can hear you, right?"
Then he started explaining to the kid, "You never, ever pet a service dog."
The kid asked, "Why? Because it will bite?"
The man said, "No, it won't bite. Because it's busy working."
Now, I have a really good explanation for kids that want to know why you shouldn't pet a service dog. So I turned to them and said, "Because it distracts him when he is working. Just like if I came over there and started petting you while you are trying to do your homework. It would be hard to pay attention if I did that, wouldn't it?'
Kids always get that. I've used the same explanation when telling employees of various businesses why they aren't supposed to pet service dogs. "If I came over there and started petting you while you were trying to ring up my groceries, you'd have a hard time getting your job done, wouldn't you?" I think they get it, too, but they often also look at me as if they are a bit worried I might hop over the counter and start molesting them.