Service dog Rilee and handler

Service dog Rilee, a 22-month-old standard poodle, awaits instructions from handler Merlyn Lewis during a recent workshop.

Ever been to the grocery store and seen a cute little Pekingese riding in the shopping cart?

How about a dog sitting on a restaurant seat and eating from a person’s plate?

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