Since your a doctor in Washington state, I have a question for you. Have you heard anything about companion animals being allowed to accompany people with mental illnesses (anxiety and depression type issues) into stores and other public places? Lately, I've noticed that more and more people are taking dogs into grocery stores and other businesses. Last week, I had a dog jump on me in Albertsons (a grocery store). Since I'm severely allergic to dogs, I ended up with huge itchy welts on my legs and a stuffy nose and other allergy symptoms. Since this was the third time in a week that I ran into a dog (I had to leave the theater the day before because somebody's dog was running around), I asked the customer service lady why they allowed dogs in the grocery store. She told me that the law in Washington changed and that business HAD to let people with anxiety and depression issues into stores with their pets because the pets give them the emotional support they need to get out and about. I was shocked about this and asked my mom if it was true...she's the manager at a department store. She said that, yes, unfortunately, it is true. She got a call from the district manager telling her that Washington stores had to allow people to bring their companion pets in, but she was unsure as to how to get proof that they had permission to do this...she said she's pretty much stuck letting anybody with a dog in until this is clarified. Madwolf, do you know anything about this? If it reasonable to let untrained pets into stores? I'm not talking about service animals that are trained to not jump on people and are kept clean. These companion animals are people's family pets, and they are running around like they own the places. I'm worried about the effect this new trend will have on allergy sufferers. What kind of proof do people need to take their dogs into stores? How easy is it for people get get this privilege? Can anybody with minor anxiety convince their doctor to let them take their dogs into stores with them? What does this mean for the many people who are allergic or scared of dogs? I appreciate any light you may be able to shed on this issue. I can't find anything on the Internet about companion animal laws in Washington.