Pooches on patios? Doggone right!

Pooches on patios? Doggone right!

There are 28 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jul 2, 2008, titled Pooches on patios? Doggone right!. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Let's all paws for 10 seconds of silence. Last week, the Minneapolis City Council passed an ordinance allowing dogs on sidewalk cafes.

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Pooches

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jul 3, 2008
Pooches perhaps are in your own kitchen or dining area, but do they have to be in a restuarants' patio areas? I hope your pooch is well trained and doesn't lift a leg. I will not longer enjoy dining at a few restuarants.
Jose

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#2 Jul 3, 2008
The only way I like dogs at a restaurant is with mustard,
Ack

San Francisco, CA

#3 Jul 3, 2008
Leave the dogs at home. They're not going to die if you're gone for an hour or two. We don't need them where people are eating in public places. I agree with Pooches that I won't give my business to restaurants that allow this.
ccc

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Jul 3, 2008
I'm all for dogs on patios....it's friendly people talk to each other more ---- like at dog parks---very social.

Perfect----get out and take Fido for a walk and have a stop at your neighborhood coffee shop or stop for lunch.....
St Paul Resident

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jul 3, 2008
As with most things, let the market decide. If a cafe or coffee shop owner wants to let dogs in I say go for it. If you don't want to eat there, don't. The market is much better than the government at figuring such things out.
stay away

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jul 3, 2008
Have you ever walked into a Petsmart or Petco store? Ever looked at the landscaping nearby? It's full of dog crap.

I'll stay away from these cafes until you dog owners can keep your mutts from crappin all over the place.
jct

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Jul 3, 2008
Don't worry all you fuddy-duds, Applebee and Perkins are still safe, they won't allow dogs, but then they don't have patios. Stay in your clean, a/c, francshise restaurants --- the fun people allow dogs!!
Kitty Kat

New Prague, MN

#8 Jul 3, 2008
What about meow?

Since: Apr 08

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jul 3, 2008
If a eatery allows dogs, I will not spend my money there. My choice.
jct

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jul 3, 2008
It was a simple fix wrote:
If a eatery allows dogs, I will not spend my money there. My choice.
Be that way ya old crab!!!
East Burb

Cottage Grove, MN

#11 Jul 3, 2008
It is just plain stupid to allow this.

People can barely control their CHILDREN in public. And now we have the opportunity to be subjected to their mutt too.

Can you imagine the potential chaos for the SERVER? Not only do they need to watch out for the usual obstructions and hazards of their jobs, but now Minneapolis has added a new one to the list.

Just wait until the first patron or server gets bitten by someone's dog while at a restaurant. Or the dog ends up in the restaurant when the owner decides to go visit the bathroom. Or when the lovely mutts decide to not get along with each other or the humans around them.

Please leave your pets at home. Don't bring them to the local restaurant patio, or the local parade, or the grocery store. Don't take them places that they have to be left in the car. It's just cruel. If you can't be away from your dog, then perhaps you shouldn't leave your house either.
Elsa

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Jul 3, 2008
Although I've never really liked being around a dog on a patio (often they are not as well-behaved as their owner seems to think), I think it's better that businesses are allowed to decide for themselves on this one.
Naxos

United States

#13 Jul 3, 2008
A truly successful establishment will have easy-access to the baby-changing-station for the pit-bulls. :)

Since: Jun 08

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jul 3, 2008
St Paul Resident wrote:
As with most things, let the market decide. If a cafe or coffee shop owner wants to let dogs in I say go for it. If you don't want to eat there, don't. The market is much better than the government at figuring such things out.
...like smoking?

Since: Jun 08

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Jul 3, 2008
jct wrote:
<quoted text>
Be that way ya old crab!!!
and you'll be the first one whining for a free meal when your shoe gets wetted on,or you find a flea in your veggie burger at your 'fun place'

Since: Apr 08

White Bear Township, MN

#16 Jul 3, 2008
I love my dogs, but i don't see this as being a good idea. Most people do not have good enough control over their dogs for this to work. Or the owners seem to think its cute when their little dogs jumps on someone or steals something from someone else's table. And i just cant wait until someone is tripped by a leash in the relatively confined place. I know that my dogs are not well enough behaved to be in this kind of environment, so i will wisely keep them at home.
Heywood Ja

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Jul 4, 2008
ccc wrote:
I'm all for dogs on patios....it's friendly people talk to each other more ---- like at dog parks---very social.
Perfect----get out and take Fido for a walk and have a stop at your neighborhood coffee shop or stop for lunch.....
No. Not at all. I'm a dog owner and a dog lover. I would never take my dog out with me to eat. Too many people don't understand that while you may find your dog cute, friendly, and irresistible, there are many people who donít. I donít want your dog coming over and licking my hand or sitting by my table begging. And God forbid, I donít want it jumping on me. My dogs donít jump on people, yours wonít jump on me. The next thing you know is someone is going to want to bring a Ferret to the patio. Sure theyíre cute, but did you ever get a wiff of one up close and personal? Yeah, nice lunch youíll be having.
Blowfish

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Jul 4, 2008
Dogs are only as civilized as their owners. I see this as a non-issue. Rude dogs, like rude customers should be asked to leave. If your pet is anti-social leave it at home (or inhumanely baking in your SUV). Good restaurants in Egypt have cats (mouse control). Good restaurant in Minneapolis have dogs? No.

Mourning the passage of a Timberlodge Steakhouse, is like mourning the closing of 600 Starbucks Stores. It's a celebratory wake!

90 Pounds? Sheesh. With this kind of obsession they should be able to charge for the food by the pound (customer weigh in, chow, weigh out). No bathroom trips.
Gritty

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Jul 4, 2008
We have a restaurant with a patio. Here's the deal from our view. First and foremost those with dogs in our neck of the woods are dogs that are highly trained and are used for sight for their masters. The normal, run of the mill dog out there is not as trained and will commit the usual dog dodos and don't etc. You may enjoy your dog but it's like kids, some are well behaved some are not. The big question is when you are dining do you really want to see and HEAR dogs? Yes they are fun to have and can add a lot to your life, we own one. But in a restaurant they can make life miserable for servers and can cause, SOMETIMES, unwanted displays of their normal bodily functions. When that happens, who's to pick it up? Not our servers or mgrs. My guess is that it won't be long before other animals find their way to patios as well. Good luck.
City woman

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Jul 4, 2008
wogggieee wrote:
I love my dogs, but i don't see this as being a good idea. Most people do not have good enough control over their dogs for this to work. Or the owners seem to think its cute when their little dogs jumps on someone or steals something from someone else's table. And i just cant wait until someone is tripped by a leash in the relatively confined place. I know that my dogs are not well enough behaved to be in this kind of environment, so i will wisely keep them at home.
I completely agree. I have two dogs, and I wouldn't take them out to a restaurant with me because they're not well-trained enough (our fault). I have a friend who finds it cute when her Rott grabs food out of people's hand - not so much, especially when it's your hand.

But there are some dogs that would do just fine. If a restaurant wants to allow it, they should be able to, but I hope they'll stay very much on top of the dogs who are there - if they're not well-behaved, or cause any problems, they have to go. If it's a problem, people will rapidly vote with their wallets and go elsewhere.

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