Re: Should NH dogs be allowed in outdoor restaurant areas?
posted at 4/17/2013 12:19 PM EDT
In response to Ihavemyhats' comment:
It's the thin end of the wedge. One day I was in the grocery store and someone had brought a puppy in, in their carriage, and they were outraged when I notified the manager. And why should I go through immunotherapy so someone can bring their pet to an inappropriate place? Bad enough that I can't leave cushions out on my own porch because people's damn cats some and sit on them and cause me to start scratching. Why should they be allowed to leave their little pet bombs in a restaurant?
Why does their right to have their animal with them at all times trump my right to eat without scratching?
Restaurants have been allowing pets on patios for years. There's a bar in Jamaica Plain where you can bring your dog right inside. Most of the shops on Newbury Street and Charles Street in Boston allow leashed dogs.
People who bring their dogs aren't doing it because they think their dog is a child. If I bring my dog it's because on nice days I'd like to go on a long walk around the city and bring my dog so that I can stay out for as long as possible and not have to worry about rushing home to walk him.
I don't expect I should be able to bring him wherever I go. I already know which places he's welcome, and so that's where I go. I avoid the places where you can't bring dogs.
If you're allergic, you can do the same- go where you know there won't be dogs and avoid the places you know let them in. Your money isn't any better or worse than mine, so I don't see why everyone should cater to you and not to me.
No one's telling you to go get immunotherapy or trying to get every restaurant on the planet to allow dogs. There are just a few restaurants who'd like to attract dog owners.
If you're allergic to nuts or seafood, I would assume you avoid those restaurants. You wouldn't expect all restaurants to stop serving that food on your behalf.