Recently, a man posted on Reddit in the r/AmItheAsshole forum and asked if he was the asshole for not letting his friend’s diabetic alert dog into his home. The post quickly received a lot of criticism, and most concluded that, in this situation, he was indeed the asshole.
User AITAThrowawya8 posted on the forum with the title, “AITA for not letting my friend bring his service dog over.” The 39-year-old man explained that his friend recently got a service dog, specifically a diabetic alert dog. The problem with this is that the man wanted to bring the dog to hangouts and parties at his house.
“I’m not much of a dog person and really don’t want it at my house. It is a breed that sheds and I don’t want to have to deal with dog hair in my house. Also my kids regularly play in our yard and I don’t want them to encounter dog poop and pee.”
The man went on to explain that for the last 10 years, his house has turned into the hangout spot for all of his friends.
“I have a pool, I built a bar in my basement, those types of upgrades. I offered to meet out at a restaurant or someone else’s place and host less, but my house is the preferred destination among everyone else.”
He told his friend that the dog was not welcome and offered to pay for a monitoring device that he could use while at his house, but the friend did not take the offer well and did not show up to their annual Super Bowl party.
A diabetic alert dog (DAD) is a specially trained service animal that is trained to assist individuals with diabetes by detecting changes in their blood sugar levels. These dogs are trained to use their sense of smell to detect changes in the body chemistry of a person with diabetes, which can indicate high or low blood sugar levels. When a diabetic alert dog detects a change in their human’s blood sugar levels, they are trained to alert their human by performing a specific action, such as pawing or nudging them. This alert can give their owner an early warning of an impending low blood sugar or high blood sugar event, allowing them to take appropriate action to prevent further complications.
In a comment with over 34,000 upvotes, a user said,
“YTA. You need to stop equating your friend’s service dog to pets. This is a medical assistance device. Would you tell someone they couldn’t bring their wheelchair because you didn’t want the wheels tracking dirt on your floor?”
It’s important to remember that service animals play a vital role in helping people with disabilities to lead more independent and fulfilling lives. Denying them access to public and private spaces can have serious consequences for the individuals who rely on them.
“Service dogs aren’t pets. They’re not gonna eat crumbs off the floor or jump on children. They’re working,” another user said.
If you encounter a service animal in a public or private space, it’s important to treat them with respect and allow them to do their job. If you have concerns or questions about the animal’s behavior or presence, you can always ask the owner about their training and purpose.
What do you think? Is this man a bad guy for not letting his friend’s service dog in his home? Let us know in the comments!
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