Chow Your Dog Is Dirty
posted by February 28 at 15:17 PMon
Ken Jacobsen’s “doggy diner” bill—the one that would, to our great horror, have allowed dogs in all Washington bars—suffered a minor setback in the legislature this week, but is still moving forward in amended form.
The new version of Jacobsen’s bill would allow leashed dogs in outdoor areas of restaurants, such as patios—better than everywhere, I guess, but still the top of a long, slippery slope that could end up screwing over those of us who don’t want your dog jumping in our laps while we try to enjoy a burger at Linda’s. At the risk of quoting oneself:
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.
Which pretty much sums up why I don’t want dogs dominating my outdoor dining, too. And before you codependent dog-owners start going off about how “the inside of a dog’s mouth is cleaner than the inside of a human’s mouth,” (not true) allow me to point out that dogs eat garbage. They also sniff each other’s butts; roll around in poo; and eat the rotting carcasses of other animals. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of that — I just don’t want your dog’s poo-and-rotting-flesh-mouth in proximity to my food. (Besides, many people are allergic to dog dander or afraid of dogs; conversely, many dog owners are inattentive and some dogs are aggressive.)
For reference, here’s a handy list of diseases you can get from dogs:
Brucellosis; campylobacter; cryptosporidiosis; hookworm; leishmaniasis; leptospirosis; Lyme disease; Q fever; ringworm; Rocky Mountain spotted fever; roundworm; salmonellosis; tapeworm; yersiniosis; and, of course, rabies.