Saturday, October 24, 2009

Who Let the Dogs In?

I'll begin by admitting right off the bat that I am not what you would call a "dog person". That is to say, I don't have a dog, I am not interested in getting a dog and I really don't understand what's so great about having a dog. Dogs are okay and all, but I don't really want to hang out with them.

The thing that's bothering me today is I've noticed dogs more and more in places that you never used to see dogs. Inside places. Places like the hotel I was in the last two nights or on the passenger deck of the ferry. People take them into stores when they are shopping and even into coffee shops or bakeries. These are places I'm sure that you would not have seen a dog ten years ago. Maybe even five years ago. How did this happen?

Forget whether dogs being in these places is okay or not, that's not really the point. The point is who let the dogs in? Who decided it was okay for people to bring their dogs into places where they didn't use to go? Was there a discussion of this that I missed out on? Was it just social convention before, because I was under the impression that there were rules about where you could take a dog.

I'm a little worried that the horses might be out of the barn on this or is it the cat is out of the bag? Anyhow, maybe we better have a discussion about this before the snake people get any ideas.


  1. Blame it on the French. They have an unnatural attachment to the notion that dogs deserve the even more rights than humans*, and an isidious way of spreading their lifestyle choices around the world.

    *dogs crap on the street, and nobody cleans up after 'em. If a human crapped on the street, he'd be sooooo busted.

  2. I think it was all Paris Hilton's fault. Or wait... was it A-Rod...

  3. Is there anything more pathetic than older men driving around with little dogs? Actually there is! Watching them clean-up their rodent sized dogs crap! A whole aisle in most grocery stores selling pet food and thousands of people are using food banks! Really does say it all! Cheers, xelA.

  4. Why weren't dogs allowed in stores ten or more years ago? And why are they allowed in stores now?

  5. You could start by asking the manager at your son's grocery store. Or, of course, there's always Google... Okay, I just did. Check some of these out:

  6. I blame it on the Whistler people. They expect to take their dogs everywhere--I mean EVERYWHERE, including the finest restaurants in the village--and practically have an extra place set at the white-clothed table for ole' Rover. "Off-leash, all the time" is the norm in Whistler.

    Although I don't actively *dislike* dogs, I'm not really a dog lover either (I gues that's obvious by now). I just don't get what the big deal is--they're so DUMB, and their breath is so bad! Also, frankly, I'm not really into seeing dogs wander in and out of stores that sell food.

    Statistics show that more and more Canadians are opting to NOT have kids--perhaps they are filling a void where the kids would be. Are dogs the new kids?

  7. They're so dumb and their breath is so bad... yet you're with Dean. Hmm.