When 22-year-old Blind Megan Taylor entered into the bus on Monday with her guide dog, Rowley, she was shocked by the way fellow passenger behaved with her- she was told to ‘get her fu*king dog off’. The reason why this happened because a fellow passenger did not believe that black labrador Rowley could possibly be a guide dog.
Megan Said that an unnamed woman approached her and said: “Why is there a fucking dog on the bus? Get it off.”
According to the Liverpool Echo: Megan attempted to ‘politely’ explain that Rowley was an assistance dog, but claims the woman called her a ‘liar’ because ‘guide dogs are yellow Labradors and your dog is black’.
She continued: “I tried to explain to her that guide and assistance dogs can been any colour and don’t have to be Labradors, although Rowley is. She told me I was wrong. “I decided at this point there was nothing I could say to educate this woman and that it wasn’t worth my time. I instead chose to ignore her while she continued to talk nonsense.”
Megan is suffering from ”episodic blindness’, she suffering this from the age of 15 because of head injury. Because of this, she is having some other medical issues as well hearing loss, impaired balance, frequent fainting attacks, and vertigo.
She further added: I suffered multiple fractures to my skull in the incident which left me with multiple disabilities. I can temporarily lose my sight without warning at any time, which is truly terrifying.”Even when I can see I become so dizzy and disoriented when walking that I bump into obstacles and trip over things.”
The Labrador is Megan’s second guide dog after her first, Ruby, retired following an assault. Rowley helps her in various day to day activities from emptying the washing machine to helping her get undressed and even untie her shoes.
The two-year-old little guy even phones for help when she loses awareness. She says that the canines have empowered her to be independent, confident and safe.
She continued: “People should know assistance dogs come in many shapes and sizes and are trained to support people with a range of disabilities. “Just like a wheelchair, walking stick, or pair of glasses, they are important and vital auxiliary aids and as such are legally permitted to accompany their disabled owner in all public places.
This is not the first time she is facing such issues on public transport-in fact, she says she has been left ‘anxious’ about going on the bus again.
According to her statement given to Liverpool Echo: “I don’t think I’ve ever had a stress-free trip on public transport, that’s why I’m so nervous when using it now. “On other occasions I have been spat at, stepped over, pushed out of the way and accused of being ‘another drunk youth’ when losing consciousness due to my heart condition and neurological disorder.”I try to stay positive and not let incidents such as what happened get me down because I am not ashamed of my disability. Despite having so many negative experiences, I know that these people are the minority. Most people are good and kind.”