So I had my eye surgery yesterday morning, and I am now recovering at home. I was texting a friend to let them know I wouldn’t be attending prom this Saturday, and she and my other friend had come up with a plan for us to still take prom photos together!
They knew I’m not going to have enough energy for prom, but they still wanted to include me, and it just makes me feel so loved!
I have wanted to be a photographer for as long as I can remember. But this year has kicked my butt like many of you out there too. So my dream has taken a backseat for now. But this year I found this app / website that I love. Its called 500px. Its similar to instagram, so it's easy to use. I post all my photos i take and edit on there. This is not me trying to get noticed. This is not me trying to sell anything. This is not me promoting an app or website or brand. My only want is to share the beauty I have personally experienced with the rest of the world so that maybe I can brighten someone's dark day. This is me wanting to put a smile on your face because you are having a hard time and you need it more than ever. I don't want praise or thank you's, I just want to spread happiness to those that need it most right now. Maybe I expressed a feeling you felt in a way that you couldn't through my photos. Maybe you just needed a virtual hug. I hope my photos can be whatever you need right now. Remember you're not alone.
Here's my link :https://500px.com/tori_bradford
It's always a curious thing when people see my service dog. Not all #ServiceDogs are the same. there's no one dog must fit all. some dogs are for #medicalalerts , others help with #VisionLoss or #impairments , some help with mobility, some help with #PTSD triggered, And some are just an amazing lifeline to everything. I know the only two questions that I am legally allowed to asked. I know that registration companies are a huge waste of money. And I know social etiquette is #DoNotPetAServiceAnimal , do not take #Photos of the service dog, not make kissy noises at the service dog, or distract the dog from working in any other manner.
I constantly get bombarded with questions, mainly all stemming because Jethro is a huge dog. He is a nearly full grown and you can see him from a mile away. And I love his size because he helps so much with my #stability when I am #ambulatory . I do enjoy that he takes most of the attention off of me and my huge #Braces and wheelchair.
No one asks me questions when Jethro is with me like "what is wrong with you?" I'm not bombarded with horrible questions by strangers that think that they have the right to my #medicalhistory .
I wish that there was more representation of proper service dog #Etiquette in TV shows, movies, and on social media. I see so many amazing memes and lines that would be amazing on a shirt. For example, "would you ask to pet my wheelchair? Thought not."
There needs to be more sharing that not all dogs perform the same #tasks , behave the same way, look the same, are of the same breed, or come from the same #trainer . each dog has their own personality, own habits, and own little quirks. Lastly, the general public need to understand that dogs can be self trained to do the minimal #TwoTasks necessary to become a #ServiceDog.
So what are some good practices for the general public to deal with service animals? That's a great question.
🐕🦺First off never touch one unless you have #permission.
🦮Also, you do not need to show service animals attention. They are working and sometimes it can be #deadly if they're distracted.
🐕🦺Look at the handlers' eyes, not the animal. engage with the handler.
🦮If a service animal comes to you without their handler, follow it. Don't touch it, don't pick it up, don't catch it and put it somewhere confined. Follow it because you might be saving that handler's life.
🐕🦺Service animals are allowed everywhere and protected by many laws; However, #EmotionalSupportAnimals and are not.
🦮Service animals in a grocery store or a restaurant is NOT a violation of any health code.
🐕🦺 Service animals provide for a better quality of life, assist handlers in tasks that might otherwise be #painful, dangerous for the handler due to #medical issues, or exhausting for that patient.
🦮Because service animals are considered a piece of #medicalequipment , handlers cannot be charged pet fees in places like hotels or on #Airlines .
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