Would you date or approach a girl with a service dog?

I'll be getting my first service dog sometime next year to help with my chronic back pain and issues that stem from it. I look 100% fine on the outside, though. I've never dated anyone before, and I'm wondering if having a service dog would further deter guys from coming up to me or thinking of me as someone who they could potentially see themselves dating because I have a disability, even though it isn't visible. No one has ever asked me out before, so I'm not sure how it could get "worse" but I'm just wondering what guys would think about this if they saw a girl with a SD. TIA! 😊

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  • That wouldn't hurt your chances at all!

    I love doggies even when they have an important job to do :)

    If I met a girl with a service dog and we seemed to hit it off together I wouldn't hesitate to ask her out.

    You also shouldn't be afraid to ask guys out. Most guys totally dig a girl that's straightforward :)

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    • Thanks! In all honesty, I don't hang out with guys a lot simply because my major and interests are very female-oriented (animal science/vet medicine/music/art). So I haven't really met anyone I've genuinely liked. I'm not entirely sure where to go to meet guys, but I'm hoping maybe when I graduate and get a job next year I will meet more people. :)

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    • Anywho, all of this conversation stemmed out of the fact that having a service dog will not stop people from approaching you. And judging by the amount of talking I've been doing you seem very easy to talk to :)

    • Good to know! :) thanks!

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  • A girl AND a doggy? Fuck yeah I would!

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  • This will not be a problem for you. We live in an age where finding love is hard for everyone from the super rich to the very broke, the most fit to wheelchair bound. Needing a service dog won't be a problem.

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  • No my last girl friend was epileptic and had a service dog if anything I fell for her cause she had a disability cause I was concerned about her health and body

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    • That's sweet that you cared for her! Sadly I've read a lot of things about people with disabilities quite literally being bullied by their spouses and partners. It's one of the extremely rare things that makes me grateful this happened to me at a young age! I couldn't stand to be with someone who was so rude and hurtful to anyone!

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    • Ugh that's awful, I'm sorry! I also know quite a few people with disabilities who can be quite rude and testy with people. That always kind of blows my mind because I'm not sure how someone could be so rude when they have experienced that themself, but hey. I'm surprised by a lot of things people do that shouldn't surprise me anymore. 😂

    • But yes service dogs are awesome I use to try to make my girlfriend take it with us too run errands. lol.

  • Someone with a service dog is just as dateable as someone without.
    I'd you don't mind me asking why do you need a service dog for back pain?

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    • I don't mind. People tend to think of service dogs for blind people or people with epilepsy, but they can do a lot more than that! My condition is one that has required 3 surgeries and will require more down the road. I have nerve issues in addition to daily pain, and sometimes those nerve issues can make me collapse (though luckily it is extremely seldom!) But I'm always afraid that could happen while I am on stairs or somewhere and hurt myself and couldn't get help, and a dog could be trained to bark or even find someone and bring them to me if that happened. They can do something called deep pressure therapy which can help with pain or anxiety, and I have PTSD from the trauma of my surgeries. So the dog accompanying me to my appointments and, in the future, with more surgeries, will be helpful for my anxiety with things like the deep pressure therapy as well. (Had to split this into two responses, sorry!)

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    • Have you tried kratom for the pain?

    • No, I haven't, as it is illegal where I am from. I take pain medications daily, but they only do so much. Pain management is about getting pain to a tolerable level, but very rarely includes actually being able to elimi ate the pain like many people assume and all of us would love to be true!

  • Guys who won't ask you out coz of your disability is nothing to have. Would not bother me tho. Should not bother others.

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    • Thanks :) Yeah, I know I would never want to be with someone who didn't accept me fully, and sorry, but that means I can't do EVERYTHING someone else may be able to. But I have zero intentions of holding anyone back! If I can't or don't want to do something someone else would want to do, then I would tell them to go with another friend, family member, etc. I'm just wondering if this will make it harder to date in the future.

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    • My pleasure :)

  • I wouldn't care. There's no whatsoever that you wouldn't be a good partner if you had a service dog.

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    • That's definitely true! I guess I'm just wondering if people will just assume that I'm "messed up" or or have something "wrong" with me because of it.

  • Personally, I don't think it would hinder me from approaching someone.

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  • I literally would not give a single fuck that you or anyone else would have a service dog. It'd just make me a little curious.

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  • I would approach and date a gal with a service dog. I love dogs too so that is a plus.

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  • Absolutely- a dog acts as an excellent buffer and subject matter.

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  • I would think that having a service dog would actually encourage many guys to approach you.

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