City Your Dog Does Not Pay Taxes
posted by January 25 at 16:28 PMon
Yes, dogs should not be mistreated. Yes, it’s sad when people find dead puppies in trash cans, as Issaquah Animal Services did this week. (But does it really merit twice as much space and four times as many stories as, for example, domestic violence cases, which are routinely relegated to the 150-word items in “Local Digest”?) And yes, dog owners have the right to take their dogs out in public, to a point.
But that point ends where the door of a food-service establishment, like a bar, begins. I don’t care what state Sen. Ken Jacobsen (who proposed the bill allowing dogs in bars) and Metroblogs (which just got my blood boiling about this again) say: You do not need to take your dog with you into a bar. Dogs are not babies. They are no different than any other pet. (Should cats be allowed in bars, too? How about “well-behaved” snakes? Rats?) You can leave them home alone. If you really can’t bear to be without your precious pooch for even a couple of hours, then find a recreational activity that doesn’t infringe on everyone else’s ability to enjoy a clean, healthy, slobber-free space. I already have to deal with your dogs running, leash-free, through Cal Anderson Park; jumping on me because you assume that everyone will find your cutesy wootsy puppy wuppy as adorable as you do; shitting all over the ground where I’d planned to have a picnic; and barking at me from the bike rack where you tied them, heedless of the fact that bike racks are for bikes, not your slobbering mutt.
Want to let Fido run free? Take him to a dog park. I hear they’re pretty niceŚwe pay $88,000 a year to maintain them, so they’d better be. But keep him (and his hair, and saliva) out of my beer.
UPDATE! And just so you don’t think I’m a heartless shrew with a soul made of coal, here’s a photo of a cute little puppy: