Should restaurants allow dogs in with their owners? – Part 2

Exceptions to the no-dogs-in-restaurants rule are already made for the highly trained dogs used by the blind and the handicapped. These exceptions certainly should continue to be made. I have never seen one of these animals misbehave, bark, chase another dog, fight, beg, whine or seek attention from anyone other than its owner. Most will thump a tail if you stoop to praise it or even pet it, but will not move from the owner’s side.

My family has owned several dogs. Some were very well behaved, but not to this level.

First, there was the Springer Spaniel we thought our kids needed when they were small. Truth is that Spot was pure hunter. He needed a run, a very well regulated lifestyle and one trainer, not the five lenient people in our family. The last time we allowed Spot in the house, he jumped from the back door clear across the small utility room and onto the kitchen table that stood at least six feet inside. Spot also barked for attention. Imagining Spot in a dining establishment gives me nightmares to even think about.

Then there was the fact that my late husband used to slip our dogs table scraps. Bonnie Sue was the sweetest Labrador retriever I’ve ever met and was normally extremely well behaved but I can’t imagine anyone who would have wanted that beggar in a restaurant full of tempting “people food” aromas.

My most recent dog, a Yorkshire terrier, wasn’t allowed table food, but Snicker loved all people, and he especially children. Even on a leash, he would have managed to dance and cavort and entertain every table nearby. Snicker also loved to lick hands and faces. How sanitary! Truth is, I’ve met a lot of dogs that act just like Snicker. I don’t want them sharing my dining experiences.

We did find a hunter to adopt Spot where he could live the life for which he was bred. And both Bonnie and Snicker were overall well trained. Except for Spot, none of our dogs were constant barkers, but they barked if other dogs barked, and about 80% of the dogs I meet bark a great deal. This sets off every other dog that hears them (except for those specially trained blind/handicapped dogs). None of our dogs have been fighters, either; many breeds are. These, especially, do not need to be in restaurants, but neither do any pets my family owns or has owned.

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