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254. Service Animals
Jose Luis was taking the train to work
day when he noticed a woman with a
German Shepard getting on the train. This made
nervous. What if that dog attacked someone? Jose
didn't know that people could bring pets with
onto trains. It seemed unsafe. He stepped closer
the dog. The German Shepard seemed friendly enough.
as he put out his hand to pet
dog, the woman stopped him.
"Please don't pet
. He's working," the lady told him. Jose Luis
't understand. The woman explained that she was blind
that the dog Hampton acted as her eyes,
her navigate her way around the city. The
pointed out the special vest that Hampton was
. The vest was printed with the words "service
Jose Luis had never heard of service animals
. "Service animals like Hampton are allowed into public
that most pets are not. Hampton is more
a pet. He helps me be self-sufficient and
the things that I need to do in
city," the woman explained. The woman also told
Luis that service animals had to go through
training so that they learn how to behave
public places and do not get distracted. "People
to help too though, by not petting him,"
The woman continued to explain that
animals do not just help the blind. Some
act as therapy animals. Therapy animals go into
and nursing homes. These animals lower the stress
of people who are very sick or who
just had operations. They also encourage people to
. Therapy animals are especially popular in children's hospitals.
really can be man's best friends.