Q- Did they sayon the "Sandy" application that Service Dogs were not allowed to try-out for the part?
A- No, it did not. It said "All breeds welcome".
|One of the chosen "Sandy" dogs and some of the orphans.|
Around the World in Eighty Days, May 15 - June 2From: bari newportTo: bari newportSent: Monday, August 20, 2012 11:55 AMSubject: Penobscot Theatre Company - Sandy AuditionsWhat a wonderful day Saturday was. I hope you and your doggie had a good, low-stress time of it.We ended up seeing 15 dogs of all shapes and sizes. Some dogs were super trained and had super skills and other dogs were goofy but well-behaved, family pets.Proof once again that dogs are simply THE MOST AMAZING.I underestimated how difficult the decision would be! In the end, we narrowed our choices down to five dogs. We did this by eliminating service dogs - they were clearly the most versatile in terms of what they are capable of doing - and certainly they are used to noises and lights, children and excitement - but casting them in a play seems counterintuitive to their role in your life, as you have trained them to do very specific tasks just for you - and it is important that their focus remains as such.And we narrowed the scope further based on what kind of energy and look the dog had. Incredibly tough decisions.I thank you most sincerely for sharing your furry family member with us. You were gracious and kind - and I am humbled to be a part of your community. Thank you.See you at the theatre!
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|Rosie and a fellow service dog who also tried out for the "Sandy" role. |
Here they are in a sit-stay in the middle of the Bangor Mall.
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What if I decided to try out for a part in a play that you all were putting on? Would you say no because I have a service dog and she would not be near me if I was in a play? OR would you say no because I am disabled. Period. Think carefully. If you choose wrong, you could have some legal problems arise.
Since the try-outs for the "Sandy" role, I attended the Paws on Parade fundraising event in Bangor, Maine. It was there that I heard your dog trainer talking to another person saying he did not know how medical alert dogs work, such as a Diabetic Alert dog or Seizure Alert dog, not even the cancer sniffing dogs. I thought every trainer knew this, or at least would have wanted to find out years ago when some of these types of service dogs came about. So this guy is supposed to understand individuals with disabilities, their service dogs and the Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA (Newly revised) as well? Does he even know about the Americans with Disabilities Act is?
And the above photographed chosen dog, a dog training friend of mine said the dog looked anxious when she tried out, that she even ran off the stage. In this photo it was suggested that the dog was showing some anxiety from turning away from everyone, and I saw an inability to follow any commands. I also think she was overheated and needed some water, or maybe the panting was another way she was showing her anxiety, but that is not what I am concerned about.