New Regulations When You Fly With Your Service Dog

I just got this email a few days ago from Guide Dogs for the Blind about some new regulations to do with flying with your guide dog, whenever flying is a safe thing to consider doing again. It sounds like they’ve done most of this the right way. It could use a couple of tweaks, but they could have done a lot worse, and emotional support animals are being given the designation of pets that they deserve.

We are reaching out today to share important information on Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation updates that will take effect on January 11th, 2021. These updates will directly impact the steps necessary to fly with your guide dog. 

Changes being implemented on the 11th include the following:

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has aligned their definition of “Service Animal” with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), limiting the designation to dogs only. There are no breed restrictions.
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  • Emotional Support Animals will no longer be considered Service Animals by the ACAA and will need to travel as pets during flights. Psychiatric Services Animals will continue to be recognized as legitimate service animals.

 
If you would like to read the final rule amending travelling by air with a service animal in its entirety, please access the document on the Department of Transportation website.

As part of the new regulations, the U.S. Department of Transportation has developed two forms travelers with service animals must submit when flying (Please be aware that these forms do NOT need to be completed or signed by a Veterinarian):

  1. A Combined Attestation form of dog behavior and dog health for all flights.
  2. A Dog Relief form for flights lasting longer than 8 hours.

In addition to a signed declaration of responsibility for your dog, the forms require 2 critical pieces of information:

  1. Your current Veterinarian’s name.
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  3. The expiration date of your dog’s Rabies vaccine.

The only pain in the ass part is that you have to complete these forms, but they don’t have to be signed by a vet, you don’t end up with more limited check-in options because you have a guide dog and you can either submit it in advance or bring it with you. Hopefully things can be streamlined along the way, but this is a good start. But if you have a guide dog, next time you fly, remember this form or you could be in a heap of trouble.

Good Boy! Who’s A Furry Little Omelette?

Barb wrote me about some assholes running a puppy scam in Kingston, Ontario.

“I want to feel sorry for the people who got scammed,” she says. “But then I read the best sentence I’ve ever read in my life.”

She’s not wrong. It’s quite fantastic.

These malicious pet shop sites sometimes include poorly written testimonials from alleged buyers that often don’t make sense, Kingston Police said the release. For example, one testimonial claimed that their “German Shepherd baby had hatched”.

To be fair, who wouldn’t pay top dollar for an egg laying dog? Hell of a conversation starter, that.

I Can’t Drink Lies!

Simply Orange’s slogan is blatantly dishonest. Ok, so a lot of things about orange juice Simply Orange included are blatantly dishonest, but for now we’ll stick with the damn slogan. “What happens in the orange stays in the orange.” Oh really, fools? Your product is orange juice. Orange juice, the very existence of which is entirely dependent on someone smashing oranges to ruins. Or to put it another way, taking what’s in the orange out of the friggin orange. Unless you one day start selling me regular old oranges, I never want to hear that shit again.

All Of The Business COVID Commercials AT Once

I realized that everybody’s “in these uncertain times, we’re still here for you, we’re all in this together” ads were pretty much the same, but it’s sort of amazing just how similar they truly are.

Corporate Covid-19 response videos are eerily similar. *Cue somber piano music*

When a company or brand releases a Coronavirus Response ad, they might tell you that we’re living in “uncertain times”, but that “we’re here for you”. They may say their top priority is “people” and “families” by bringing their services to the “comfort and safety of your home”. And don’t forget: “we’re all in this together!” #together

What’s the deal? In reality, many companies have found themselves short on cash, almost overnight. They needed to get a message out – and quick. They asked their teams to throw something together. Since they can’t film a new ad because of social distancing, they compiled old stock b-roll footage and found the most inoffensive royalty-free piano track they could find. This, combined with a decade of marketing trends dictated by focus groups and design-by-committee, released a tsunami of derivative, cliche ads all within a week of one another. It’s not a conspiracy – but perhaps a sign that it’s time to try something different than all other 2020 commercials.

You’ll Have Some Explaining To Do When U-Haul Yourself To The Emergency Room


If you don’t have time to watch the news video or in case it gets pulled and I have to clue future me in to where to start looking for a replacement, this is basically what happened.

A man, a term I use loosely in this case, was arguing with a woman that police and reports say is (hopefully was) his girlfriend. To express his displeasure with…something, he decided that the mature thing to do would be to light a firework and toss it from inside the car in which he was sitting into the parking lot in which she was standing. Unbeknownst to both of them, under a nearby truck was a gas thief in the process of doing what gas thieves do.

Yes, what you think happened happened. The firework exploded, sending sparks everywhere. The gas, several U-Hauls and the thief all caught on fire. The woman ran from the scene, apparently unhurt. The guy who started the whole thing drove off after throwing the firecracker but was quickly arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. The gas thief was not located, although security cameras caught footage of him taking off as his pants burned.

Am I the only one who hears all of this and suddenly has Third Rock From The Sun going through his head?

Do You Have The Antibodies?

I’m not even sure if I like this yet, but the damn chorus is already stuck in my head, so here ya go.

Yes, it’s a song about hooking up or dating or whatever during the pandemic.

The song got its start in May when actor Nicholas Braun (aka Cousin Greg) was quarantining with friends, according to Rolling Stone, where the song premiered today.
“My friends are a couple and they’ve been together for years, but I was back there sort of being like, ‘Man, I wish I had somebody right now to go through this with,’” Braun told Rolling Stone. “And so this girl and I were talking and we were like, ‘Maybe we should go meet up and go for a walk — with bandanas on.’ So I went on this quarantine date; it sort of felt secret because I didn’t want my friends to know. And I guess the combination of paranoia and romance is what the song is about.”
Braun put out a “call to the wild” — Instagram — entreating his musically-inclined followers to help him with a song idea. Apparently, he struck a chord, because boy, did they respond. It got noticed by record label Atlantic Records, and morphed into a professionally produced song and music video, according to Rolling Stone.
The bandanas that inspired the song make an appearance in the music video. So do the Instagram fans. And hand sanitizer. And clips from COVID press conferences. And masks.

If you’re like me and have no idea what a Cousin Greg is, he’s in a television show called Succession, which I have heard of but have never seen.

This is a charity song, which is pretty cool.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, I have partnered with PLUS1 to support those most at risk from the pandemic, through Partners In Health and The COPE Program. Text ANTIBODIES to (202) 858-1233 or visit http://doyouhavetheantibodies.com to donate!

All About COVID Conspiracies


This is long (about 22 minutes), but it’s a good watch if you’re someone struggling with whether or not to believe a COVID conspiracy theory or struggling with someone who is. And let’s face it, a lot of us fall into one of those groups right now.

One thing I like is that it touches on one of the most basic things I ask people when they tell me something crazy like everyone is in on this. How practical is that? How likely is it that people who can’t agree on whether water is wet or if the sun rises in the east are going to come together to fake a virus in order to…what? Not only is there no solid endgame here that benefits everyone, but how could that many people be involved without the truth coming out even if everyone did their best to get along? The example of the mid sized surprise party is perfect. No matter what, somebody is telling Roxanne.

There’s good advice here among the silliness and occasional harsh insults, not only for how to approach COVID info, but potential misinformation in general. The most important thing is something we often harp on here. Stop and think. That will take you pretty far and can save you all sorts of trouble.