It's 'ruff' out there

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 15, 2012 - 9:15 AM

With patio season upon us, dog sightings are rising sharply at pooch-friendly restaurants and coffee shops.

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beautyehMay. 14, 12 2:09 PM

Just what I want around my food, dog hair. A dog is a dog not your accessory, not your child. Keep it at home when you are dining out please.

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getcrazyMay. 14, 1210:04 PM

I've taken my dog on trips all over the country. I like being around him but I'm against having the pets at restaurant patios. I've found some people that do this to be disrespectful of others around them. It's not may people but there are a few of them that do this. They have dogs that they have not properly trained. They tend to be a distraction and annoyance to other patrons. That said if a business owner chooses to allow people to have dogs there it's their business. I believe it's their choice. I just wont return to the restaurant if I have a bad experience with a dog and it's owner if the staff doesn't recommend they leave because they have a dog that is bothering others. Specifically to the person in the article that orders a salad I think that she needs to know that allowing your dog to beg from other people is training your dog to beg from other people. That is not the proper way to have your dog act. And really you may think it's cute but other people really don't like it. If they wanted dogs at there feet begging they would go to a place where they could adopt a dog. They wouldn't go to a restaurant.

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ecknbeckMay. 15, 12 6:07 AM

Give me a well behaved dog, laying in the sun on the patio enjoying life, rather than a loud mouthed, crying and out of control child running around in a bar or restaurant any day of the week!

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pasaraMay. 15, 12 7:43 AM

If the dog is mellow and well-behaved, sitting at its owner's feet, then it is fine. I was treating myself to a nice dinner at Lucia's one night (a rare event on my budget) and a lab repeatedly slobbered on other customers (who very clearly were not appreciating it), pacing, and hitting people with its tale. Then another dog came and the barking began. The owner thought her dog's bad behavior was adorable, and at no time did a staff member intervene, even though many customers were irritated. My special (and expensive) dinner was ruined.

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angel123May. 15, 12 8:52 AM

Give me a break. I don't want to be eating and watching a dog slobber all over and the owner too. I like dogs, but, not have dinner with them. Let their owners treat them like people, I don't have too.

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mdmac2704May. 15, 12 9:10 AM

hmm, some very tightly wond up people ...

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beautyehMay. 15, 12 9:25 AM

@ecknbeck Funny thing.....a child is a human and is entitled to be there. A dog, a pet, is not. Too many people don't socialize their dogs properly. This includes letting them beg at the table. I love Barbette's and Lucia's. If I start seeing dogs there I will choose to eat elsewhere.

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hughakstonMay. 15, 12 9:32 AM

These are interesting places for guys to meet women. There are a lot of women in their mid to late thirties, maybe early 40s, who’ve never been married hence have no kids. So, being childless they often get a small dog instead as something to pour their motherly instincts into. Scottish and West Island Terriers are popular. So are Corgis. These women also like driving those small SUVs too, something to haul their little dog/child around in I guess.

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nowwhereMay. 15, 12 1:50 PM

As lifelong dog lover and owner I really appreciate the link in the article. When I plan on dining out I can go to their website and cull through the restuarants that are dog friendly and not go there. My springer is a prince, however I don't eat, drink, sleep or bathe with him.

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tobyctMay. 15, 12 6:29 PM

I love going to resturants that allow dogs on their patio. They tend to be more relaxed, laid back, and I find the people are friendlier and it creates a fun atmosphere. I agree 100% that you should make sure your dog is well behaved and people need to be responsible for their pet. It is a great way to get your dog out of the house and to give your pets a change of scenery and some mental stimulation and socialization. I would much rather sit across from someone with a dog on a resturant patio than from a smoker who is ruining my meal and my lungs! Also many people like to drive down to the lakes or by the river to go on a walk with their dog and want to get a bite to eat before or afterwards. I'd rather see a happy dog on a resturant patio with it's owner then a dog left in a hot car while their owners stop to get a bite to eat and leave their dog in the car.

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