October '14

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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4 8 | Printwear O ctO b e r 20 1 4 Hart of EmbroidEry to inquire about pet passengers when purchasing a ticket and choose anoth- er flight if any animals are booked. The office also told me there is no guarantee a passenger registering later wouldn't bring an animal. And if that happened, I would be required to change my flight and possibly pay a penalty if I didn't want to fly with the hounds. Since dogs are supposed to be labeled as service animals, this led me to ask on Embroidery Line ( how members handle requests for embroidery on collars and halters. The QuesTion: I have been approached by customers who want "service dog" embroidered on leases or halters. How do you handle this? If you are approached to embroider this title, do you ask for proof? Do you require the certification? I have noticed more and more dogs in restaurants and food stores. some Answers: Jane Cibulskas said that she embroiders service-dog patches all the time, and she doesn't ask questions. "I am not the police," she wrote. "I am an embroiderer, and I should mind my busi- ness. I feel we should do the job we do well—embroider—and let someone else check on which are service dogs and which are not." Tricia Blanton had just embroidered a patch for a group that trains service dogs. "Thankfully, I know they're legitimate," she wrote. "But, I do have an acquaintance who got her tiny puppy designated a service dog so she can take the puppy onto a plane without paying the $75 fee. I'd ask for proof if someone I didn't know was asking for me to possibly further their scheme." "I'm a rule follower and could never bring my dog in somewhere and not think I was going to get caught," Karie Eagle said. "I see people at our grocery store with dogs in the seat of the basket. A simple tag should be required to have the service des- ignation on a dog. I feel sad and conflict- ed that we must police everyone because of the people that don't follow rules or take advantage of the existing ones." invesTigATing FurTher Margaret Harrison sent me the link to where we can learn more about service dogs for veterans. It's important to remember that | | | | Above and above right: collars and harness straps can be hooped alone or with backing and tearaway for additional support. (Images courtesy the author) Right: When prepping for embroidery, subtract 3/8" from the width of the collar or webbing to determine letter height. (Image courtesy the author) continued on page 111

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