Ilmkreis is assistance dog friendly – a journey to Arnstadt in pictures.

Sometimes it rumbles … one of our assistance dogs becomes ill shortly before departure, a project that required night-time commitment until shortly before packing, and one is ailing oneself and yet one does not want to cancel under any circumstances. The dog is fit again on the morning of departure, a feeling of anticipation dispels the heavy tiredness and one reassures oneself that it will be alright, one is not alone. The navigation system is programmed, coffee is ready, the mood rises and off we go….Arnstadt, here we come!

In the garden of Mrs Rosenthal, Superintendent in Arnstadt, not only a self-confident cat welcomes you, but also a welcoming atmosphere. The next day, Ms Rosenthal will take the matter of the access campaign and many flyers and stickers to the state synod. We enjoy the dreamlike garden and the open ear that is given to us.

The rain gets heavier. We start our journey home. Why all the trouble? Because we have to be on the ground. We notice that again and again. It takes encounters, it takes conversations and experiences. Assistance dogs and their human partners have not yet arrived in people’s minds. When we check out of our nice hotel, we are asked if we have been to a dog show or to a training course. When we talk about the access campaign and about us and Daika, Honey Bee and Masha, the staff member is completely flabbergasted. “Mrs Reuter is blind? You are disabled? These are your own dogs? You don’t train them? That was not at all what she would have thought. And instead of checking out, we talk for quite a while about non-visible disabilities, how to recognise assistance dogs, also about the new assistance dog law. She had never heard of that before. The staff member thanks us and says goodbye: ” That’s something someone has to show you.” “How else can you know about it?”

Luckily we didn’t cancel, every one of those conversations was worth it. Arnstadt confused us with its bollards in the old town, challenged our improvisation skills with the lack of electricity and then saw us off with parking tickets, but we were greeted by a beautiful old town that was full of open-minded people who didn’t just open their gardens or shops to us.

Many thanks to Aktion Mensch and the BMAS.

The “Assistance Dog Welcome” campaign was made possible by funding from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) and the Aktion Mensch.
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