Most people in the United States love dogs. They’re easy to love since they love you right back; when you come home they leap with joy just at the sight of you. And then you see people out and about with service dogs — wait, these people get to hang out with their dogs all day? This thought alone has contributed to the huge amount of people faking service dogs or exaggerating existing but minor issues to justify getting a service dog for themselves.

You get to fly with your dog. You get to go to the mall with your dog. You get to go to hotels and restaurants with your dog. It sounds great, but it’s against the law and it hurts real service dogs out there.

In order to legally have a service dog, you have to have a disability.

The Americans with Disabilities Act defines it this way: