After months of dark, cold, rainy days, Portlanders have finally begun to enjoy a little sunshine and the great outdoors, something we hold dear.
I began a recent sunny Sunday with an early morning run at Powell Butte Nature Park. I was thrilled to run in the cool morning air, enjoying the sight of Mt. Hood, Adams, and St. Helens. While reveling in the view on my last trip down, my sense of peace was suddenly shattered.
Harold Hansen, owner and operator of “Heeling Free” Dog School in Eugene, contacted Spot recently to share an article he published recently in a human-focused medical publication. He felt — and we wholeheartedly agreed — that the information was important to share with all those who work, live with and love dogs. The article was originally created for physicians after Hansen received a call from a dog owner who said she wanted her doctor to write a letter saying she needed a “Service Dog.” She said her doctor wasn’t certain about the guidelines, so Hansen did the homework and learned that the definition had recently been clarified to read:
“Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), businesses and organizations that serve the public must allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals into all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go.”