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A woman has faced severe criticism online after sharing her experience of being asked to leave her cousin’s wedding due to bringing her service dog on Reddit’s r/AmITheA**hole. The 20-year-old, suffering from hypoglycemia, relies on her Doberman named Angel to alert her to potential pancreatic attacks. While service dogs play a crucial role in assisting individuals with medical conditions, this particular incident highlights the challenges faced by service dog users when their presence is met with discomfort and misunderstanding from others.
The woman, identified as u/ThrowRAtherapydog, was given the task of managing the wedding slideshow and music. As someone with hypoglycemia, her service dog, Angel, played a critical role in alerting her to potential health issues. She informed her cousin, Chloe, the bride-to-be, that she would either need to bring Angel along or have sugar nearby during the event.
Chloe, who was described as a health enthusiast, was uncomfortable with the idea of having Angel at the wedding due to his breed and her toddler’s fear of large dogs. Additionally, Chloe refused to allow her cousin to have any extra sugar saying, “you can like without junk food for one night.” Despite explaining her medical condition and the necessity of her service dog, u/ThrowRAtherapydog was denied permission to bring Angel to the wedding, leaving her with a challenging decision.
Despite efforts to respect her cousin’s wishes, the situation took an unpleasant turn during the wedding. When Chloe and her husband, along with their children, arrived and saw Angel, they became visibly upset. Chloe confronted u/ThrowRAtherapydog, accusing her of being selfish for bringing the service dog to the wedding.
Regrettably, the situation escalated, leading to the woman and her service dog being asked to leave the wedding even before the meal began. Following the event, the couple sent an email expressing their belief that u/ThrowRAtherapydog had “ruined her wedding.”
The Reddit post went viral, prompting thousands of comments from people expressing their reactions to the incident. Many users voiced strong Support for u/ThrowRAtherapydog, arguing that depriving someone of their service animal for health reasons is unacceptable. They compared her situation to denying a diabetic person their insulin or an asthma patient their inhaler, emphasizing that a service dog is a medical aid and not meant for amusement or causing terror.
The incident also shed light on the need for increased awareness and understanding of service dogs and their vital roles in assisting individuals with disabilities. Public education can help dispel misconceptions and foster a more inclusive and compassionate attitude toward service dog users.
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