Was visiting Tissington in Derbyshire yesterday and had just completed a country walk. Therefore I had Jade with me but minus her harness as she had been free running.
My friends decided they wanted to look in a shop. The owner was near the door, so out of courtesy I told him that Jade was a guide dog and asked if I could go in even though I didn’t have her harness. I was told no because people had been known to fall over dogs in his shop.
He got away with it and I stayed outside. For two reasons. Firstly I was with relatively new friends and didn’t want to cause a scene on our first outing together. Secondly as I didn’t have Jade’s harness I couldn’t really argue the point that I needed her to work.
So he’s got away with it. He now probably thinks its perfectly OK to tell guide dog owners to stay outside. This doesn’t sit easily with me.