As I write, one of our members is flying from Sydney to Brisbane with his previously 'unidentified' assistance dog. This dog enables our member to travel without the need for a human companion and provides him with Independence. Nope - not a guide dog, hearing dog or other dog trained by an organisation at the cost of $20,000, but a dog trained by his owner and recognised by the Disability Discrimination Act but not many State governments and pitifully few Local Governments. Qantas even provided doggie with an absorbent mat in case of a doggie accident. It won't happen as dog has flown before and is trained like most assistance dogs to toilet on command, but it is a gesture of kindness we appreciate.
6 months ago