In Austin Tx, many restaurants and coffe shops allow leashed and well behaved dogs to dine with their owners on the patios. It is a city ordinance and one that I wish existed in my town where I live. It was an experience that I was allowed daily at Starbucks and many great dining establishments in Austin after the dog park or hiking and swimming with my buddie Rufus. A bowl of water was furnished each time for Rufus and it was a fun and wonderful time for both of us that we will NEVER forget. I have walked away from spending money at local places in my hometown on their patios because they said Rufus had to stay OUTSIDE the fenced patio area.
I absoultuly hate this idea. 1) many people are quite legitimatly scared of dogs. this is not thier fault. they should be able to go into resturants (including patios) and into stores, etc., without having to encounter dogs, 2) in denver many many many dog owners SUCK at being owners. they say “my dog is well behaved”. what they mean is “i don’t want to be bothered tying him up. 3) In Boulder, at a patio resturant, a man tied his dog just outside teh boundry area, so it was legal. doing what dogs do natrually, he took a dump. I did NOT have a lovely lunch at that point.
DOGS ARE PETS, they are NOT our kids. working dogs go through special training to let them be in public. regular dogs do not. and though many people are very good at keeping dogs on leashes, keeping them clean, keeping them well behaved, most dog owners are not good enough for patio dining.
This is my vent, i know. but i watch Boulder dog owners saying thier dogs are “well behaved” and “voice command trained” when on the paths in and around the foothills, but i still have to say “back” and “down” and go out of my way to stay away from teh dogs which are “under control”. the owners come to my rescue, but the dogs should be leashed. boulder said “no no, we love our dogs”. so, i, a person who does not love YOUR dog, have to deal with doggie hugs and kisses while i’m out in the path. (oh, and they destroy the wild life out on the path, but who’s counting).
Denver, you blew it. and i know boulder will be right around the corner.
I am terrified of dogs and I don’t like seeing them at all. I think the only public places they should be allowed in are:
1) the veterinarians (but I hate seeing them there)
2) a dog park
3) the animal shelter, obviously
I really wish they weren’t allowed in pet stores but I can deal with that. I suppose police and firefighters that use them for work is ok too, as long as they have full control over them.
I don’t care if owners have the dogs on a leash, it doesn’t mean they have full control over that dog. There have been so many times when a dog on a leash has come over to me and started sniffing me or has even jumped on me. Most dog owners don’t bother to think that not everyone likes dogs. Idiots! And what about the people who are allergic to dogs?
I don’t like seeing children in public. Parents never have full control over them, and they let the little beasts run off-leash in big stores, yelling and running into people.
Parents who would be embarrassed about their dog barking in their yard let children make all the noise they want indoors in restaurants.
CHILDREN ARE NOT PEOPLE. They are little animals that require training, and they must be supervised when they’re around humans.
Most people don’t bother to think that not everyone likes children. Idiots! Parents of future idiots!
Come to think of it, I don’t like seeing idiots in public either.
As for wildlife along hiking trails and running paths … dogs may kill individual animals, but the presence of humans moves entire species out of the area.
Boulder has plenty of wildlife: the student body. “Best Party School in America” at least a couple of times, I think. Once for sure on the cover of Newsweek when I happened to be an undergraduate. Not that I knew anything about all those parties….
In the interest of full disclosure, my own offspring are almost adults now - 26 and 23 years old. And I have dogs. And I lived in Boulder 11 years and now live in Denver, where I grew up. (To the extent that I grew up.)
Thank You Mr_Ed ! I would rather sit beside a dog than some disruptive child. If the above people are afraid of dogs then don’t visit the resturants that allow pets. Why should others have to pay the price for your fear or dislike for dogs.
Rufus lays mannerly and quiet at my feet when we dine, like any well behaved dog. Some curious dogs, enjoying an outing on the trails with their humans, smelling the stench of paranoia and negativity, would have a curiosity to approach and sniff a human such as you who are complaining that dogs exist at all, while most dogs like my Rufus, would avoid you like a Staph infection.