NY Bans Dogs in Restaurants

I saw a conversation brewing on Facebook over this post over on Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan’s Website. It seems that health code inspectors are now all about enforcing regulations that ban non-service animals from bars and restaurants in New York City. Business owners are said to usually ignore the rules when customers brought in their furry friends … but no more!

More than a couple of commenters on the post are angered at the recent turn of events, one saying “Pets are also part of our family so they shouldn’t be banned as a law.”

I strongly disagree.

Sure, pets are part of the family. I know that I’m not the biggest animal lover out there but I can absolutely understand the love and adoration humans feel for their pets. They’re living beings with feelings and personalities and deserve respect and a spot in the family holiday card. In fact, we’ve got a couple of dogs of our own.

But while you may love your pet as much as your own mother, pets are not people. I don’t care if you dress it up, buy it a stroller and take out a life insurance policy, your dog should not be allowed inside a restaurant, unless it he/she is needed in order for you to live a productive life.

Why?

Because it’s unsanitary, for starters. I could go into the many reasons why but I think I make my point with just one: YOUR DOG EATS POOP. Not only that, but she also sniffs the butts of other dogs and doesn’t have the common courtesy to keep her nose out of my girlie parts when saying hello.

Your beloved pet has no place at the table, by the table or under the table. And what about the allergies of the unsuspecting, innocent people around your table? Are they not entitled to remain healthy while dining? My own child’s allergies could send him to the ICU with an asthma attack. Is it my job to drug him before dining out because you can’t leave Fido at home? It’s bad enough we spent a cross country flight on Virgin America staring at the back end of a Lhasa Apso while filling my son with medication… there’s no way we should have to do that in a restaurant.

For those who say their dog is better behaved than toddlers in a restaurant… okay. But a toddler is a human. And toddlers aren’t the problem, the problem is parents who think their kid is so darn cute when she squeals like a mouse or plays peek-a-boo with the next booth for 45 minutes straight. The kid needs some guidelines and to be removed if not behaving appropriately — that’s the price we pay as parents.

But back to the animals. Please, for the love of Benji, don’t mistake this post as an anti-animal message. But where’s the line here, people? We allow your precious pooch into a restaurant, what about those with cats? And you know there are the rat, hamster, snake, ferret, pot-bellied pig pet owners that will want equal rights. It’s a slippery slope here, people — one covered in pet hair, sneezes and butt-dragging remnants.

I vote NO to pets in bars and restaurants.

What say you?