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The Truth About ‘Emotional Support Animals’

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Airlines are imposing stricter rules.

“Emotional support animals” are not the same thing as trained service animals, and airlines are starting to take note.

There’s been a trend of people taking their emotional support animals into airplane cabins and other places where pets aren’t allowed, Business Insider reports. In many cases, people are easily able to get a letter from their therapist saying they need an emotional support animal, even when the therapist hasn’t met the animal. Some websites will provide the designation for about $70.

But lately there’s been an uptick of issues caused by such animals on flights, at least with Delta, Business Insider reports. Problems have included urinating and defecating, along with biting.

Emotional support animals don’t have the extensive training that service animals get to help with with diasbilities such as blindness. The federal government has stated that “dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.”

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Delta recently “started requiring anyone flying with an emotional support pet to sign a waiver stating that the animal can behave on a flight” and imposed other restrictions, as well, Business Insider reports. United Airlines has implemented a similar policy, ABC News reports

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Video: Adorable Cat Melts Hearts By Trying on Eyewear for Children

Kids see that ‘if she can wear hers, they can wear them too.’

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A rescue cat in Pennsylvania is getting attention for her role in making children feel comfortable with their eyeglasses.

Truffles happily wears brightly colored frames to set a good example for the young patients of A Child’s Eyes in Mechanicsburg, the Daily Mail reports.

“If a child is feeling a bit nervous I ask Truffles if she wants to show them her glasses,” says Danielle Crull, owner of the business. “When they see Truffles wearing them it’s a really good thing and shows that if she can wear hers, they can wear them too.”

Crull says Truffles, who is a family pet, enjoys wearing the frames.

A video of the cat trying on eyewear has been viewed millions of times.

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Dog Clothing Firm Gets $250K ‘Shark Tank’ Investment

Mark Cuban is taking a 25% stake in the firm.

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Dog Threads, a company that makes matching clothing for dogs and their owners, was awarded a $250,000 investment during an episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

Scott and Gina Davis, founders of the Wayzata, MN-based firm, made a deal with Markk Cuban after their successful pitch, the Star-Tribune reports.

He agreed to invest the quarter-million and take a 25 percent stake in the company.

The episode was filmed in June but did not air until Sunday.

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“It was definitely surreal even seeing it now,” Gina Davis said. The couple kept quiet about the results for all these months.

The company sells items such as sweaters, T-shirts and plaid shirts. The founders expect sales to total $240,000 this year, the Star-Tribune reports.

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Guy Smuggles Overweight Cat Onto Plane, Gets Stripped of Air Miles

His pet exceeded the weight limit.

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Russian airline Aeroflot has taken away a traveler’s loyalty miles after smuggling his cat onto the plane.

Mikhail Galin was headed to Vladivostok from Moscow and decided to bring his overweight cat, Viktor, along in the cabin, CNN reports.

The problem: The airline’s weight limit for pets in the cabin is 8 kilograms, or about 17.6 pounds. Viktor tipped the scales at 10 kilograms.

Galin didn’t want his cat to ride in the belly of the plane. He didn’t take the flight.

He wrote a Facebook post about the situation and asked for help finding a similar cat of lower weight. Someone came forward with an appropriate feline, and Galin returned for another try.

When it was time for the cat to be weighed, he presented the thinner substitute, according to CNN. Before boarding, he pulled the old switcheroo.

Galin and Viktor made it to Vladivostok without issue. But Galin’s viral Facebook post caught the attention of the airline, which then stripped him of his air miles.

He took the loss in stride, saying, “I got a penalty. It’s normal.”

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