She actually is not aggressive at all- unless she feels she needs to protect me.
She keeps me from taking harmful chemicals. Fact.
I will fight for Poppy like she fights for me, make no mistakes.
Keeping me natural like my medicine. Thank God.
I know some can't understand what Poppy does- it's not for you to understand.
She brings me peace... and our trip to California - she proved what a little rockstar she is!
Every Flight- she walked ahead on the plane with me towing my bag behind - Hooked to my belt so I am 'hands free'. EVERYone looked at her in amazement with many Awwwwwssssssss and giggles - I'd say "here it is" (meaning our seat ) and she jumped up! Then I'd buckle up and she lay on my lap - I'd cover her with her blanket and that was that, she never made a peep! Every time! 3 flights - hee hee - I'm going to put flight pins on her vest & EVERY single time I had flight attendants remark- "I forgot she was on the flight" & "she is by far the best service dog we've had!"
California was awesome! Poppy went to the movies & had many patio meals and went to the Getty!! I only had a couple of incidents with humans.. one customer in a 'subway' gave me such a dirty look and shook his head at 'us.. he did it to me 3 times! I was in line behind him holding Poppy, I lost my appetite. I said I wasn't hungry and would wait outside... when the gentleman emerged I look at him straight in the eye and calmly asked:
"Do you feel better passing judgement on me and you don't know anything about me?"
He stopped (caught off guard) "I wasn't judging you... I was frustrated at.. the woman behind the counter"
"Bullshit" was my reply.
He calked his head back and says "well o.k., but.. come on & I love dogs but really? "
He reached out to Poppy but she turned her head & ignored him (awesome)
"YOU judged me and you know nothing about me."
Who was he to look at me and shake his head in disgust... I was NOT harming anyone. Poppy was Not harming anyone. I was holding her.. she is cleaner than most construction workers in there for lunch.
He looked at me and said "I did."
I looked at him and said "enjoy your lunch.."
He walked away. Food for belly & mind - I hope.
God was with me. I knew what to say, calmly.
What is with people - Holy! Are there not more serious things to focus on right now- like TRUMP?? I get it if a dog is misbehaving but I feel like we are constantly paying for it.
If you see me having an attack, you get it. They are quick but fierce and I clutch her.. Some times she looks at me and jumps off my lap then stretches to be picked up again- "FOCUS on me" her eyes speak. She knows. It's not pleasant for others to see - trust me when I say it's much more unpleasant for me to experience so please.. get over it.
Poppy LOVED California! I loved California! Truly & the people in general MORE.. not just my friends. As Canadians I hope we send them our prayers/good vibes daily, too many are suffering right now and are living in fear and unstably.
All & all - California was friendly & very understanding of Poppy & I when we ventured out as a team & I am truly grateful for having had her with me for countless reasons.
Please Don't judge people with service animals- if the dog behaves badly - YES, address it. Please don't just assume we are all the "fakers". Do you really think I enjoy taking a dog with me everywhere? I don't. I LOVE her but it gets tiring... thankfully, when I am with someone I am comfortable with I can leave her - someone who understands and just rides it out with me for a few seconds. Next museum- in France (dream big baby!) no Poppy!
Well... she does like Vincent van Gogh!!
Poppy Loved California & my friend too - which was terrific - it made my visit more comfortable. I'm sure he is missing her. It inspired a funny card which gave me good giggle to paint! I'll share it another day. More On Poppys adventure with the customs officers soon but these are some of her favourite photos of California.