There are only two or three places, where a guide dog can not legally go. They are Kitchen areas of restaurants, operating rooms in hospitals, and bed and breakfasts with five or fewer rooms where the owner lives on the premissess. Those are the ones that I am aware of. Are there places not recommended to take your dog sure there. Oh, Religious institutions are also protected, but that is a very slippery slope and usually bad ppublicity will change their mind. Smile. Taxi drivers can not refuse our guide dogs, do they yes, and there are things we can do about it. In most places refusall of a service animal can get the cabbies license taken away. I have had to do this on a couple of occassions. Religious reasons are not valid to refuse a ride, as are allergies, or fears. Smile. Shelley L. Rhodes B.S. Ed, CTVI and Judson, guiding golden juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc. Graduate Alumni Association Board www.guidedogs.com Dog ownership is like a rainbow. Puppies are the joy at one end. Old dogs are the treasure at the other. Carolyn Alexander ----- Original Message ----- From: "Natalie B." <lemina007@xxxxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2006 11:09 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OT: Question for any guide dog owners Hello all, I have a question for anyone who owns a guide dog. I don't own a dog myself, so am not aware of the pereimeters of the law. A little background info first. Where I live we have a service here that allows for the reservation of a van ride to all people with a legitimate disability. With our service, when the van can't make it, or is running behind in schedule, the company sends out a dispatch to a partnered cab service. From there, the cab will be dispatched to pick up the person. Well, a friend of mine who owns a cutey black lab was waiting for her ride. A cab drove up and immediately began to make a fuss. He claimed that he was fearful of dogs, and so on and so on. My friend is usually the most amiable of people, but this day she got very upset by this driver's attitude. He eventually took her to where she needed to go, but continued to make a big deal out of it. I would like to know, for my own personal information, about the extent of the law when concerning where guide dogs can go. For example, with this cab situation, could the driver have legally refused my friend? Is there any situations where guide dogs can't be admitted? Again, I don't own a guide dog, but I would really like to know. Most of my friends that have dogs and have situations like this happen to them choose to shrug it off and forget about it. They claim it's not worth the hassle to pursue the matter. Thanks for anyone who can respond to my question. Natalie B. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- No virus found in this incoming message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.1.408 / Virus Database: 268.13.4/475 - Release Date: 10/13/2006 To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.