Thursday, January 25, 2007

Dining with Doggies in Dallas

The Dallas City Council approved an ordinance this week that allows dogs to join their owners on restaurants' outside patios. This is not a requirement; any restaurant who wishes to do so will have to apply for a permit and follow certain rules:
According to Dallas' ordinance, restaurants allowed to welcome dogs onto their patios must:

• Provide a separate entrance for outdoor patio

• Post signs that they are a “dog-friendly” restaurant

• Install curtains separating inside of a restaurant from its patio

• Prohibit dogs from going inside the restaurant and from sitting or standing on outdoor tables or chairs

• Prevent dogs from touching restaurant serving staff
So what do you think--is this a good idea or a bad idea? Other than the possibility of having your dinner spoiled by seeing someone else's dog do its business while you're eating, I can't see much of a downside to at least giving this a try. Restaurant owners and newspaper readers have already sounded off on the subject, and you can do so too, in the comments.

UPDATE: In a related story, a proposed ordinance in Washington state would allow dogs to join their owners in bars.

More animal stories, part 1: Residents of Pennsyvlania (about half an hour northwest of Pittsburgh) were surprised to see a wallaby hopping around town.

More animal stories, part 2: A Florida man has taught his pet parakeet to dunk a tiny basketball and tip in a golf putt. (Incidentally, the bird has its own MySpace page.)

More animal stories, part 3: A British farm worker required medical attention after he was attacked by a herd of pigs.

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