A couple weeks ago I was at the Medicaid office, standing at the window waiting for my gas voucher. A family with a mom, a dad and a little boy about three or four came in and the little boy made a beeline for my service dog. He ran right up to Isaac and was nose-to-nose with him, hugging his head, before I realized what was going on.
I was talking to the employee at the window about my gas voucher but I stopped whatever it was that I was saying, bent down to look the little boy in the eye, and began giving him my standard lecture for kids that pet or hug or otherwise touch Isaac without asking. It's a lecture I've given maybe a dozen times since I've had him. I've given my adult version of the lecture many more times.
The little kid version of the lecture goes something like this. "It is not OK to pet a doggie you don't know without asking first. It is never OK to touch a doggie you don't know without asking because you don't know if he is a nice doggie or not." I don't get into the issue of distracting a service dog because the most important thing for little kids is not to touch any dog without asking.
So I give the little boy the lecture and his father, who is standing right there, says, "He knows that. He knows better than to do that."
I was thinking, umm, yeah, apparently he doesn't.