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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

California to Allow Dogs at Restuarants

Posted by Charles Mudede on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 9:44 AM

This is interesting:

With a swipe of his pen, Gov. Jerry Brown has ensured Sutter can tag along to some bars and restaurants.

Assembly Bill 1965 makes it easier to bring your pet next time you dine out or grab a drink. The bill permits dogs to join owners at the outdoor sections of food establishments, provided the canine companions are under control and not barred by a city ordinance or a restaurant owner.

The bill gives business owners the right to say yes or no to dogs. Now, I don't have a problem with dogs. Some of my best friends own dogs. But dogs tend to be less predictable than humans, and also they get so excited when encountering each other. One can imagine that every new dog that enters a dog-friendly Cali restaurant will cause the usual dog disturbances—the sudden shuffle of keen interest, the straining on the leashes (if they are on leashes), the sniffing of assholes, the barking, the possible eruption of growling, and so on. Also, there are the dogs that find it hard not to stare at you as you eat—moist and sad dog eyes glued on your face and the food on your fork. This is just too chaotic, too intense for many of us who just want to eat in peace.

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