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Old 01-19-2013, 08:37 PM
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LOL, is this show a joke?

I can't help but watch. I've tuned into some episodes since it came out.


But it's SO... fake.

I don't even understand. Is Shortywood even a real talent agency?


watching right now (a little behind) and Shorty just fell off an ATV... lol, it looked SO beyond fake. Like they'd really have these 3 little people riding ATV's trying to find a loose pittie.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:40 PM
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I used to watch it then an episode aired where that little asshat fed his 'service dog' some food from the table at a restaurant and I never turned on another episode. It's people like that that ruin service dog rights.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:48 PM
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He has a "service dog?" I never knew that. I've never seen pictures of him with a "service dog." As someone with a Service Dog in training, people with fake service dogs really get under my skin.

I've always disliked the idea of them having so many Pit Bulls and related breeds in their care. How are they supposed to break up a fight should one occur? Many of the dogs they rescue outweigh them. It seems more like a publicity thing than a helping dogs thing.



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ETA: Found this on Animal Planet's bio of Shorty:
"After injuring himself in a stunt, Shorty became interested in service animal training. He trained one of his own pit bulls to be a service animal, and he actively has been involved in the Americans with Disabilities Act community ever since. Currently, two of Shorty's dogs are registered service animals, with one in training."

There is no nationally recognized service dog registry, so there is really no such thing as a "registered" service dog unless you are registered with a fake online registry. If he was really "involved in the Americans with Disabilities Act community," he would know this...


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Is it really a big deal to slip food to your dog from the table if it's a service dog? I didn't know that... I slip Jackson food when he goes to outdoor restaurants with me, lol. But obviously not a service dog.
Yes. It is extremely unprofessional to feed a service dog from the table at a restaurant.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:53 PM
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Shorty? Yeah, his dog Hercules is his service dog. It seems legitimate to me though? That dog goes everywhere with him. He's got real back problems, etc, and obviously is at a disadvantage to some things being a little person. And Hercules seems super chill and really well trained, etc. Is it really a big deal to slip food to your dog from the table if it's a service dog? I didn't know that... I slip Jackson food when he goes to outdoor restaurants with me, lol. But obviously not a service dog.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:16 AM
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Shorty? Yeah, his dog Hercules is his service dog. It seems legitimate to me though? That dog goes everywhere with him. He's got real back problems, etc, and obviously is at a disadvantage to some things being a little person. And Hercules seems super chill and really well trained, etc. Is it really a big deal to slip food to your dog from the table if it's a service dog? I didn't know that... I slip Jackson food when he goes to outdoor restaurants with me, lol. But obviously not a service dog.
I did a bit more research on this, asked people on the service dog forum I am on and, while it does seem he may have a real need for a service dog, either he's a faker or just a terrible handler. Here are a few reasons:

First, in his bio on the AP page it says that he is "involved in the Americans with Disabilities Act community." The ADA is a law, there is no "ADA community." There is disability community, there is a service dog community, there is a community of Americans with disabilities, but there is no Americans with Disabilities Act community. And, from what I have heard from the service dog forum I am on, he doesn't seem to be involved in any of the aforementioned communities and he seems to have little grasp of how the ADA works!

Second, He claims his dogs are "registered." There is no national registry or certification for Service Dogs. Therefore, if the dogs in fact are "registered," they are registered with a fake online registry. The only people who register with such registries are people who don't know any better, or people who are faking and want to seem legitimate.

Third, Shorty seems to constantly allow Hercules to sit in the seat next to him on trains, in planes and in other situations when it is not appropriate for him to be seated there. A service dog should be seated on the floor at your feet or under the seat in such situations.



Most disturbing, however, is this picture where he is seated in the booth at a restaurant!! In addition to being unprofessional, that is highly unsanitary!


Fourth, he is fed table scraps and appears to beg for them. In this picture he is about to be fed an entire meatball in an Italian restaurant. The caption on the photo is, "Hércules is getting ready for his meatball at Villa Italia."




He does all of these things in the public eye, which makes service dog teams look bad and teaches people incorrect information about service dog etiquette. Even if Hercules is a legitimate service dog, Shorty is a poor handler.


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Old 01-20-2013, 01:08 PM
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I watch it when I'm home and it's on, but it is so over the top that I just can't handle it sometimes. The last episode I saw was one where these photographers wanted to put ketchup all over the dog's face to make him look vicious and Shorty was outside on a phone call or something.

As a side note, if there is no registry for service dogs, what protects people with legitimate service animals? I always assumed you needed a doctor's note or something.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:14 PM
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He also advocates the stealing of people's pit bulls if it is deemed warranted by him and his cronies and anyone doing the stealing. I.e. dog on a chain? Should be stolen (aka "rescued") and given to someone who would really love it (never mind the dog was only out there for 30 minutes...)

He's a scamming piece of scum, and he's doing just as much damage to the dogs and their reputation as some no-good gang-banging thug.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:09 PM
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He did not simply slip the dog a bit if food, the dogs head was almost on the table, any other handler would have been asked to leave the place, IMO.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:29 PM
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That guy seriously is nuts IMO. We don't get animal planet any more but.. yeah. He has a bad temper too.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:12 AM
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Yeah, I actually like this show, more for the drama than anything else. Yes, the dog rescues are fake, but the talent agency is more than likely real. I believe they do raise money to send to rescues though.
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