Misuse of Service Dogs Hurts the Disabled and Responsible Dog Owners

Pomeranians In Shopping Cart
Who wouldn’t want to see this when you’re out shopping?!

As someone who has an Emotional Support Animal (ESA), it is very frustrating to see a “service dog” out and about that you know is fake.

There have been plenty of times that my illness has prevented me from going shopping or out with my hubby.  My instinct is to stay home.  On the occasions where I am able, I take my ESA with me to go out and their presence helps keep me focused elsewhere by interacting with them.  There are days where having my ESA with me is the difference between not leaving the house for days and venturing out into the world which also lessens my symptoms allowing me to recover faster.

While I wish ESA’s were more accepted, I abide by the boundaries and only go to places that allow dogs.  Places with outside terraces for dining, Lowe’s, Barnes and Noble, Home Depot, etc..  We are fortunate to have an entire mall that is dog friendly where the shops even keep water bowls by their doors.  I also keep them in a carrier or on leash at all times.  I would never bring a dog that is disruptive, anxious, or has a history of aggressive behaviors anywhere in that capacity.

I was at Goodwill one day and a lady had her toy breed in the seat of her cart.  She had her back to her while looking through the racks not paying attention.  A little girl approached and the dog growled very loudly at her.  The owner turned around and said, “No, no dear.  She does bite strangers.”.  What the hell??  I started talking to the owner and she had no problem with having her dog out even though it bites.  It’s people like this that ruin it for everyone.

Misuse of Service Dogs Hurts the Disabled and Responsible Dog Owners

Clearing Up the Confusion Surrounding Emotional Service Animals

12 Big Retail Chains You Didn’t Know Were Dog Friendly

DOT Clarifies the Use of Emotional Support Animals on Flights

Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA

Eliminate Afternoon Crashes For ADHDers

I hate afternoon crashes!  Sometimes I hit the wall so hard on the drive home from work I can barely keep my eyes open.  Medication management alone is not enough to combat hitting the wall.  It takes multiple devices to try and stay balanced.

It always a running “joke” wherever I work that my brain doesn’t “check in” until 10:00.  I am most productive and focused between about 10-2:00 and by 3-ish tend to be dragging.  One way I try to manage it is by not taking my lunch break until after 2:00 when my productive spurt is winding down, but before the fatigue sets in.  Taking a later break helps perk me up for the remainder of the day.  For lunch I try to minimize carbs for the most part and have something with a decent amount of protein.

I also drink a lot. I don’t drink coffee, and only minimally drink soda, but I do like to use caffeinated water enhancers (Mio, Kroger, or WalMart brands) to help jump start my day.  I keep a 24oz. Tervis Tumbler on my desk at work and refill it anywhere from 2-4 times a day depending on what I’m doing. Using a straw helps me get more water in.

I have realized that when I stay very well hydrated, I don’t have as many problems with eye fatigue which in turn contributes to the afternoon crash.

One other technique I employ to help keep me focused is definitely headphones.  I only listen in one ear so I am still aware of my surroundings and can hear if someone calls me, but it helps me focus by decreasing external distractions.  I alternate between music, podcasts, and documentaries depending on mood.

Of course, I often get home and all I want to do is take a nap on the couch.  I am seldom very productive once I get home having expended all my energy at work.  On the plus side, I seldom find the need to sneak off to grab a quick cat nap in the lavatory any more!

Being introverted by nature means that if I had a day where I had to lift my head from my spreadsheets and interact a lot with my peers, then the fatigue is heightened from stress/anxiety.  I haven’t found a trick for that afternoon slump!

Here are 14 things you can do to minimize or eliminate your afternoon crashes. The more suggestions you implement, the more results you will see!

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Spring Classes for Men

Spring Classes for Men at The Adult Learning Center

by Friday, April. 26, 2019


Class 1
How To Fill Up The Ice Cube Trays–Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.
Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 2
The Toilet Paper Roll–Does It Change Itself?

Round Table Discussion.
Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.

Class 3
Is It Possible To Urinate Using The Technique Of Lifting The Seat and Avoiding The Floor, Walls and Nearby Bathtub?–Group Practice.
Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 4
Fundamental Differences Between The Laundry Hamper and The Floor–Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.
Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 5
Dinner Dishes–Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Kitchen Sink?
Examples on Video.
Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning
at 7:00 PM

Class 6
Loss Of Identity–Losing The Remote To Your Significant Other.
Help Line Support and Support Groups.
Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM

Class 7
Learning How To Find Things–Starting With Looking In The Right Places And Not Turning The House Upside Down While Screaming.
Open Forum.
Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.

Class 8
Health Watch–Bringing Her Flowers Is Not Harmful To Your Health.
Graphics and Audio Tapes.
Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 9
Real Men Ask For Directions When Lost–Real Life Testimonials.
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined.

Class 10
Is It Genetically Impossible To Sit Quietly While She Parallel Parks?
Driving Simulations.
4 weeks, Saturday’s noon, 2 hours.

Class 11
Learning to Live–Basic Differences Between Mother and Wife.
Online Classes and role-playing .

Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined

Class 12
How to be the Ideal Shopping Companion
Relaxation Exercises, Meditation and Breathing Techniques.
Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 13
How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy–Remembering Birthdays, Anniversaries and Other Important Dates and Calling When You’re Going To Be Late.
Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies Offered.
Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 14
The Stove/Oven–What It Is and How It Is Used.
Live Demonstration.
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.


Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.