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Old 07-24-2006, 07:03 PM
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Default Should you bring the dog?

I just read an interesting article online.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13740984/

Apparantly, an increasing amount of people are bringing their dogs with them...to movie theaters, restaurants, dinner parties, etc. And some pet lovers are rejoicing, but others are appalled.

I admit, I would never bring my boys to a private home without asking the host. That's just plain rude. And I wouldn't even consider it with an untrained dog.

But I also think the overall tone of the article is a bit sad. It implies that small dogs are acceptable but large dogs are not. I see nothing wrong with a well-trained large dog in certain situations. Certainly it would be no more problem that a small dog in a purse.

I can see where the author is coming from, though. It seems that many dog owners are getting downright belligerant about their "rights" to bring the dog. I personally would not bring my boys to a restaurant, even one that allowed dogs. How does the dog enjoy that? My boys are not fed from the table or allowed to beg. I would not let them solicit attention from other diners, either. So they get to lay on the floor for an hour, smelling food they can't eat and seeing people who don't want to interact with a dog at that time. What fun!

What do you think? When is it acceptable to bring the dog?
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