According to Dallas' ordinance, restaurants allowed to welcome dogs onto their patios must: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.
• 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
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.