Dogs like to dress up and go out for a nice dinner sometimes (well not the dressing up part, but they like the eating part).
People have been dining with their dogs at dining establishments for years. Some restaurants go above and beyond for our canine friends and provide doggie menus and special treats.
While pet owners enjoyed spending a night on the town with their dog, some other patrons were not so happy. In Miami, some diners complained about sitting next to dogs. In Chicago, about two years ago, the department of health started to crack down on restaurants allowing dogs.
Luckily for dog owners, legislature is on our side. Last year, Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed a bill that would allow local governments permission to allow outdoor dog dining. In Illinois, a similar bill was approved by the House and the Senate and is expected to be approved by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
From Steve Dale’s Pet World:
Thereâ€™s no law mandating restaurants to admit dogs. When all is said and done, restaurants simply want as much business as possible. If enough people are repulsed by the appearance of canine clientele at sidewalk cafes and patios, most restaurants â€” as quick as you can say â€˜bow wowâ€™ â€” will undoubtedly reverse their canine welcome policies.
Due to fear of disease, wait staff in Houston canâ€™t touch the dogs at outdoor cafes, and there are other stringent rules in place. Truth is, there are diseases people can get from dogs. However, when people dine outside, epidemiologists say theyâ€™re more concerned about the threat from above; birds donâ€™t wear diapers, not to mention squirrels, chipmunks and other critters. Even so, outdoor dining has been around for a long time without a significant health risk.
Of course, Iâ€™m all for prudent rules, such as leash laws to prevent a ruckus. Dogs do bark. Some unsocialized dogs should be sent home to dine privately. As one Chicago restaurateur puts it, â€œFor every poorly mannered dog I see, there are 50 bratty kids â€” throwing tantrums, making a mess. I canâ€™t send them home, though I wish I could.â€
When Chicago cracked down by fining restaurants that let the dogs out, hereâ€™s what happened: Dog owners were bummed, restaurants lost business â€” and, oh yes, the city collected money.