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She Brought Her Dobermann Service Dog to the Wedding, But When the Food Was Revealed, All Eyes Were On Her.

When the Original Poster (OP), reliant on her service dog Angel for a critical health condition, is reluctantly invited to her cousin Chloe’s sugar-free wedding, tensions come to a head. At the reception, with Angel by her side and crucial multimedia responsibilities on her shoulder, a sudden confrontation with Chloe casts a shadow over the celebrations. As accusations fly and guests take sides, the stage is set for a wedding to remember.

A Lifesaving Bond

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OP, a 20-year-old, has a service dog named Angel for her hypoglycemia unawareness condition, which can lead to pancreatic attacks. Angel, a Dobermann, plays a vital role in keeping her safe, alerting her whenever her sugar drops.

A Dog Named Angel

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Though he looks intimidating, Angel is well-trained and harmless. The pair have bonded over the last three years, through OP’s last year of high school and first two years at college. The dog comforts her and makes her feel safe and cared for.

The Health Obsession

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Chloe, OP’s 26-year-old cousin, is a strict health nut, avoiding sugar, fat, and carbs. She’s aware of OP’s health challenges. Despite this, she has reservations about Angel, primarily due to his breed.

Wedding Concerns

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Chloe, soon to be married, expresses concerns about Angel attending her wedding. She’s worried for her new stepson, who is only two years old. He had a negative encounter with a big dog that bit him in the face six months ago, requiring a trip to the emergency room and stitches.

Toddler’s Fears

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Chloe is concerned her young stepson would be scared of the imposing dog, fearing it will bite him. Chloe doesn’t want anything to detract from her special day. OP feels conflicted, considering she needs the dog by her side as a possible lifesaving measure.

A Friend’s Role

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OP is instrumental to the wedding’s multimedia setup. She has all the music for the dance playlists as well as a heartfelt slide show to be played during dessert on her laptop. She offered these services to save her friend the cost of a DJ.

A Tough Call

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Given the role she plays in the wedding, OP explains her need for regular sugar intake to Chloe. She offers a solution: provide sugary items for her or allow Angel to attend with her. Chloe reluctantly agrees but hints at a sugar-free environment.

The Sugarless Menu

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On the wedding day, OP gets a shock: the menu is entirely sugar-free. Despite Chloe’s reassurance, it’s clear that OP’s needs aren’t considered. Determined, OP decides to go prepared with her essentials.

Armed and Ready

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Dressed for the occasion, OP packs her computer case with gummy candies. With Angel by her side, they head to the wedding venue. The duo settles quietly, with Angel barely drawing attention during the ceremony.

Service Animals Welcome

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At the reception venue, the staff shows understanding regarding Angel’s presence. The law protects service animals, making Angel’s attendance perfectly legal. OP manages her condition thanks to Angel’s timely alerts and her stash of candies.

Unpleasant Reunion

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When Chloe arrives, the sight of Angel is a shock. People have now taken notice, and OP explains Angel’s role to the curious guests. However, Chloe’s toddler becomes visibly upset at seeing the dog.

The Confrontation

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Before the music for their first dance begins, Chloe angrily approaches OP. Accusing her of seeking attention, Chloe criticizes OP’s reliance on sugar. Tensions rise as the two clash in front of the wedding guests.

An Abrupt Exit

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In a heated moment, Chloe demands OP and Angel leave the wedding. OP departs, heartbroken and embarrassed, taking her laptop with her, which contains all the music and the slideshow, which no one will see.

The Blame Game

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Following the wedding, OP receives a furious email from Chloe. She blames OP for ruining her special day. She demands compensation for the unused slideshow and music, ignoring her kind gesture.

Reflections and Guilt

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Distraught, OP grapples with guilt. She regrets that her dog made the toddler cry and questions her decision to bring Angel. She wonders if she is in the wrong for bringing her service dog with her.

Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?

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Frustrated and heartbroken, OP posts her story online for support and validation from the internet community. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “Depriving a family member of their service animal that alerts for health reasons is deplorable. Health is subjective; in your case, being healthy very literally is having sugar.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “Your dog is a service dog to help with your medical condition, not there for fun and games or to terrorize your cousin’s children. She should have been more understanding.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “You can’t ask a person with a disability to just stop having it for a day because it’s inconvenient. If you had that option, you wouldn’t need a service animal.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “You should have declined to go to the wedding – saying that you were unfortunately unable to attend safely given the restrictions imposed. Pop the slideshow onto a USB stick and hand it off to someone else.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.

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