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  1. Wow, I haven't been on here since October!!! I didn't think it had been that long! My condolences to those who lost pets and service dogs! Sorry that you guys had to deal with an emotional support pet owner believing one of those scam registry sites over the actual laws (which specifically state that emotional support animals are not service animals)! It is sad that those sites steal from people and angering that they tell them they can take their pets into public places. Passing your pet/emotional support pet off as a service dog is illegal in many states, sometimes with jail time as a result, and of course taking a pet/emotional support pet into a restaurant or business that serves/sells food is against the health codes laws (and the business will be fined for that when caught). While there are legit emotional support pets for people who have legit mental disabilities, there are so many fakers that emotional support pets may not be allowed on airplanes anymore soon. For both airplanes and housing, a doctor's letter is needed to verify the disability and the need for the dog for the disability. They're not otherwise allowed elsewhere under the laws. As for hotels, service dogs are definitely allowed on the pool deck (not in the pool itself) and the restaurants/breakfast areas. Service dogs are never allowed to be left alone in a hotel room, as per the Department of Justice (the ADA folks). I would assume cruise cabins count as hotel rooms, too. I never tell a hotel I have a service dog when booking, which I normally do online anyway. Sometimes they don't even notice her at check-in, either. Roz, so sorry to hear about your car accident! I hope you are healed or almost healed now. I highly recommend to all service dog handlers (and pet owners) to use a crash-tested car safety harness. I have two - one is bigger to fit on top of the mobility harness - that are Sleepypod Utility Sport harnesses. You can see their crash test videos on their Web site. They are coming out with a new, better version soon - and it even has a place to attach "Service Dog" patches and has saddlebags you can use with it. A car harness not only protects your dog, but you and other passengers (flying dogs can have enough force in a high-speed crash to decapitate a person), and it also prevents your dog from running away through a smashed window or when first responders open the doors. Our service dogs are not only extremely important to our lives as our medical equipment and just being dogs, but they are expensive, too, so need to be protected. As for pet insurance for veterinary care, it isn't worth it. Instead, take the same amount of money you'd be paying each month for the insurance and put it in a special savings account. If your service dog ever needs expensive medical care, you have all the money in that account to use for it - and it will all be yours until you do. I am sad to hear that the cruise lines still have not gotten the dog potty thing down yet! That's just ridiculous. It isn't a complicated thing. It is why I brought my own potty area on my last two cruises. I put artificial grass (made for backyards) in a suitcase and a ton of disposable potty pads in a duffel bag, plus large garbage bags to put under everything to protect the balcony floor. If I ever cruise again, I would see about getting a big silicone tray made in place of the garbage bags, with sides high enough to help keep the wind from blowing the pads and grass up. The silicone can be easily rolled up. They make ones sized for one potty pad, but of course that's not big enough for a medium or large dog. Roz, just to clarify, what you described the PTSD dog do (check the rooms and such) are tasks. Psychiatric service dogs are task-trained just like all other types of service dogs. It is emotional support dogs that aren't trained, and of course those are not service dogs. Also, neurological diseases and disorders are physical and dogs for them are service dogs for physical disabilities just like guide and hearing dogs; they are not "neurological support dogs" or psychiatric service dogs for mental disabilities. Seizure alert dogs are one type of service dogs for neurological diseases. I am glad those of you who went on cruises had mostly good reports (besides potty box issues and all)! Someone mentioned the airport relief areas inside security that too many airports still don't have despite the law - it is aggravating that they haven't been done yet! One good thing I found, though, was the Delta Airlines app has maps of airports and they include the service dog relief areas on the maps! That's better than the airports' own Web sites. So, even if you don't fly Delta, I would recommend getting the app so you can use the maps to see exactly where the relief areas are. The post-security outdoor ones are on the maps, too. As for going through TSA, it is best to go through separate from your dog, otherwise if the detector sounds, you have to be patted down (which can be pretty invasive, especially if you have chronic pain issues) even if it was the dog's collar setting it off. If you go through separately, if you don't set it off, you don't need to be searched, even if your dog set it off (your dog will probably enjoy the pat-down). I send my dog through first so I don't have to worry about any idiots behind me trying to distract her, but many others go through first and then call their dog to them. I don't remove her collar, leash, or mobility harness, but do remove her pack and put it through the x-ray. I wrap her leash around the harness handle so it doesn't drag on the floor. As for what to bring on a cruise for your dog, that would be stuff like the paperwork, food, travel bowls (I use plastic ones that fold flat - got them on eBay), supplements, measuring cups, spatchula thing I use to mix and serve the dehydrated raw food, a small first aid kit (put a dog first aid app on your phone), dog tag with travel info. like ship and cabin number on it, a toy or two, toothbrush and toothpaste, some treats, dog water bottle (has a top like a hamster bottle that they lick to get the water out) for excursions, paper towels to clean feeding items and such, etc. I don't recall what else was talked about, so I will end here. :-)
  2. Wow, that sounds like the original location was a horrible decision on the cruise line's part! They should have moved it immediately upon your complaint of not being able to use it! Ridiculous that it took that long for them to move it, but I am glad that they finally did. What line are you on? Have fun!
  3. I don't know countries you're going to, so can't look them up for you, but you can look up their requirements and see. Most say no sooner than 30 days. There's a reason why you can't do a rabies titer until 30 days after the vaccine has been given. Of course, we all know these boosters are stupid and are hurting our dogs, but rabies is required by law, so we don't have a choice but to give it every three years and to follow the import requirements for the different countries (some require rabies to be given no later than one year). Here's hoping the Rabies Challenge Study ends up changing the laws, especially in those one-year countries! Too many vets still push over-vaccinating the other vaccines, though.
  4. Hi, everyone! I hope you're doing well and enjoying all those cruises! Maybe one day I will go on another, but who knows. Okay, that cruise ship potty that was cardboard with turf on top is utterly ridiculous!!! Who in their right mind thought that would work?! Glad you finally got it resolved, but it should not have happened in the first place. Roz, no monkeys, huh? You need to search YouTube for videos of the drunk monkeys on one of the Caribbean islands - hysterical stuff! I so wanted to go to the bar they hung out at, but unfortunately it closed down before that trip, so I never got to buy a drink for a monkey and see him fall off the table drunk! :p Well, it was nice to have a six-month break from one of my disabilities being chronic (only happened two to four days per month during that time), but now it is back to chronic. Fun times. :( I really hope I am not coming down with the bug a family member is trying to get over, too. Oh well, whatcha gonna do? My girl is doing well. Not really anything new to report, so I guess that's good news! :)
  5. This is not true, especially since it takes weeks, sometimes a month when the testing facility is busy, to get back the results of a rabies titer test. Also, they used to require a six-month wait between the blood draw for the test and the dog entering Hawaii (still required for pets). Here are the current requirements for entering Hawaii with a service dog (note that this information does not apply to pets, which have different requirements): http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/animal-quarantine-information-page/guide-service-dogs-entering-hawaii/
  6. The requirements of the ADA are what determines whether or not a dog is a service dog. The cruise lines can ask the two questions, just like other businesses. The cruise lines can also observe the dog's behavior upon arrival and during the cruise, as they can the passengers' behavior. A service dog has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with the disability and those tasks/work must directly relate to the disability. They must also be housebroken and behave in public. The person must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as seeing, walking, hearing, caring for self, etc. The ADA does not allow service dogs to be left alone in hotel rooms (the dogs must always be under the handler's control), so the same would go for cruise cabins. The cruise lines generally have rules against it, too. Service dogs are not supposed to be sitting on furniture in public places and the ADA states businesses do not have to allow it as an accommodation. Service dogs are allowed to be carried, but should not be carried next to the buffet. Service dogs should walk on the floor next to the buffets and other serving and dining areas, though this is not a law. Service dogs must be leashed unless the person's disability prevents them from using a leash or while the dog is performing a task that it needs to be off-leash for, such as a distance retrieve or getting help when their person is having a seizure.
  7. Most countries don't allow dogs in if the rabies was done sooner than 30 days before entering, so the immunity has built up, so you would need to go get the vaccine done four to five weeks before you leave. You are so mean! Horton told me he wants to go on the zip-line, so you better strap him in and let him goooooooo! :p
  8. And there will never be another Horton; each dog is their own. :)
  9. Service dog in training laws vary from state to state, but if the state the hotel is in gives access to trainers with service dogs in training, the hotel would have to accept her with her dog and not charge a pet fee. Exactly! I never tell a US hotel ahead of time, but do for airlines because I need the bulkhead. The exception is that currently, those who have psychiatric service dogs must call the airlines at least 48 hours before their flight to notify them about the dog (they also need a doctor letter less than a year old). The DOT will soon be changing the regulations, likely doing away with emotional support animals (which are pets, not trained service animals) and perhaps changing more like requiring doctor letters for all types of service dogs - we shall see!
  10. Quampapetet

    Communication Onboard

    Check to see if your cruise line has an app that allows passengers to communicate with each other onboard. I know I saw at least one, but I don't recall which line it was.
  11. Well, now that I have read through the almost thirty pages of posts made since I was last here in May.... :o DKD, sorry to hear about the cancer, but I urge you to see a veterinary oncologist about it. Going to your regular vet is like you going to your GP (General Practitioner) for something like cancer. Rangely, same goes for you, and I can recommend a place in your area (New England Veterinary Oncology Group, NEVOG, which has multiple locations). Someone asked about St. Maarten. I was with a group, so we did our own private tours for the group in each port, but I didn't have any access issues, including to a delicious French bakery and large souvenir shop (I honestly can't remember where else we went on that island, maybe a beach?). I don't think I saw any stray dogs there. Jaeger's handler, congratulations on graduating from team training! Oh, and when flying with a service dog, feeding depends on the time of the flight. For morning flights, I don't feed breakfast until we reach the destination. For afternoon and evening flights (unless they're short), I feed breakfast early in the morning (around 5a) so they have the chance to potty it out before we leave. I have never done an overnight flight with a service dog, so flying has never interfered with dinner. Water is taken away a couple hours before leaving. HOWEVER, now that airports are required to have relief areas in the secure area, there's really no need anymore to withhold food or water. You may want to contact your airports in advance about where the relief areas are. We're doing okay here. It is hard to believe that it has already been eleven months since I brought my girl home from the trainer! (And a year since my for girl passed.) Crazy how time flies sometimes. She is doing great, her alerting is on point, and she's excellent at her other tasks. Maybe next time won't be as long checking in on you guys!
  12. I signed up, but kept forgetting to call for an appointment! I don't know if they'll still have any available, but I will call if I ever remember to do so during business hours! I participated twice with my previous service dog, including the first year they did it.
  13. Hawaii requires a six-month wait before entering after the blood draw for the titer test, which must be sent to a particular lab and it takes a few weeks to get the results back. There are other requirements, such as presenting either certification from an ADI-member program or a doctor's letter attesting to the disability, as well. You must contact Hawaii in advance. If flying, you can only fly into a certain airport to enter Hawaii before you can fly to the other islands. I am sure they make an exception to that rule for cruise ships because the handler can't control the itinerary - I believe I asked them years ago, but don't remember what the answer was.
  14. The first year, it is a series of two shots, but after that, if you need to continue giving it, it is just one. Do you mean the Himalayan Chews, which are cheese made of yak milk? My girl got one for Easter and it lasted a couple weeks. It isn't something I would buy often for the price it is at, plus I don't recall if it is fattening or not. My previous girl tried the Puffs that puff like popcorn in the microwave (I burned the first bag because you can't really hear them pop over the sound of the microwave) and liked those. I also have the ground-up food topper which I very occasionally use for some variety (my typical variety makers for her food are Canine Caviar's Dehydrated Veggie Mix and TruDog's Beef Boost ground-up dehydrated beef parts, plus I change the food varieties each bag for both the dehydrated raw and kibble).
  15. Have you tried using an air purifier in your home to help with the allergens? Make sure it is one made for allergens. You might want to look into a Roomba robotic vacuum, too. Of course, frequent grooming will help, too, especially if you have a neighbor who can do it for you outside (doing it yourself obviously isn't a good idea, but if you must, wear a grooming apron and gloves, and maybe do it before you get yourself in the shower). So, does this mean a Poodle is in your future?