I think you all know what I'm talking about. The much hated expressions we get regularly from the public along the lines of "I could never do that! I love dogs too much!" or "Isn't it hard to give them up?" or something along those lines.
There isn't really a good answer either. Many of them have talked to raisers before and know our "payment" is the love the dogs give us while they're with us, seeing the dogs develop into amazing dogs and ultimately seeing the bond they have with their handlers and how they open the world for them.
I never thought of doing this while raising for GDB but sometimes I am REALLY tempted to say to people when they say something along those lines something like "oh, I'm not giving her up, she's in training to help me". While I do not need a SD it'd still be fun as even if the conversation ended there it could educate them about invisible disabilities that warrant an SD. However, it could also give them the idea of bringing a pet into public under the guise of being an SD or an SDIT. I would never do such a thing as it's a major lie but sometimes I'm not in the mood to deal with people telling me that I love dogs less than them when they don't know me or anything about what I'm doing.
How do you deal with these annoying questions? Since I know we all get them!
Ally w/ Teddy & Kira