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Who is Please Don’t Pet Me?
Please Don’t Pet Me was created by Elizabeth (Liz) Bossoli, a novice service dog handler, who recognized the need for a new, unique approach to providing resources and community support, as they pertain to service dog teams and disabilities, to both the disabled community and the general public. Elizabeth continues to brainstorm unique concepts for Please Don’t Pet Me to pursue and takes one step at a time to realize these goals. However, there are many, many more people who are responsible for where Please Don’t Pet Me is, today.
The Please Don’t Pet Me Community
Please Don’t Pet Me is not just a website, comprised of dry information about service dogs. Rather, we consider Please Don’t Pet Me to be an entire community of people. Most of us are people with disabilities, who are partnered with service dogs. However, there are others, within the Please Don’t Pet Me community, besides service dog teams, like: puppy raisers for programs that provide service dogs to people with disabilities, volunteers for service dog organizations, heads of service dog programs and supportive friends and family members of service dog handlers.
The Please Don’t Pet Me website is the result of hundreds of people sharing photos, stories about their personal experiences and their wisdom. Without these hundreds of people, Please Don’t Pet Me would not be the community effort that it is today.
“This is Bailey and me. She is a PTSD service K-9 and was even allowed to go with me through my last surgery. She has changed my life.” -Tim McDonough
Where Are We?
The Please Don’t Pet Me community ranges throughout the United States and even into other countries. Here is a list of some of the places the Please Don’t Pet Me community has reached:
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