Discrimination against people of providing assistance bird-dogs happens more often than you might imagine, and it never get easier. BBC journalist Damon Rose tells his own narration.
Last Friday, Transport for London took a mini cab driver to tribunal for refusing to take my usher dog, and I was due to be the witness. The motorist pleaded not guilty but, five minutes before the trial was due to start, he changed his request to guilty. I triumphed, I’m very pleased.
Over the years, I became fed up – as driver after operator refused to carry me and my puppy. I required in order to coming my iPhone out sometimes to film as I to continue efforts to constitute wanders. And then, one morning in May last year, I captivated one such refusal on video.
When you watch the footage back, I am quite happy leaving the house – talking to my leader puppy, telling the camera he’s sweet. He’s a small Labrador retriever cross, he’s three years old and his identify is DeeBee.
As I tread towards where I imagine the taxi has parked, it plays out like a textbook case of discrimination – the nature that assistance pup proprietors are more than familiar with.