I was always led to believe you should not bother/pet a service dog when he's working anyway. It supposedly interferes with their conditioning. My mini-rant for the day.... I am looking for a new car, and it frustrates me how the cars are all loaded down with 'technology' that I neither want nor need. Yes, cruise control and a good stereo are must-haves, but I do NOT need back-up cameras, lane-assist, a wi-fi hotspot, DVD players, some weird key fob that will crank the car automatically whenever I get near the car, etc. It jacks up the cost of a car I would otherwise consider buying. Friends say "Well, just turn off that stuff," but I object to having to buy the stuff in the first place. If it was all options, I could just not add them, but this stuff is all installed at the factory and I can't order the car without it. I'm becoming convinced that they simply no longer make "basic" cars without all these extras.