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Monday, June 15, 2015

No dogs allowed

Dogs and bikes are always a sore subject around here. Every time I mention them there is a big fuss for or against. Let it be known I love dogs and bikes.

The other morning I was at Panther Coffee and this guy walks in with two dogs, one very big, up to my chest big and one very small, it looked like that mangy dog from the Scrubbing Bubbles commercial, you know, where the kids are washing it in the bathtub and the parents come in and shriek  at it's ugliness.

Anyway, the guy walks in and someone says something about no dogs allowed and points to the sign out on the front window. The guy wants to argue, "What sign?" "Who says?" And the debate begins.

He went out, read the sign and left the dogs outside and came back in, now if there was no sign the guy would have argued and not left the dogs outside. But the law states that dogs must remain outside of places where food is served.

There is this thing these days where people bring their dogs everywhere; to the movies, the supermarket, restaurants and coffee shops. Why? We always had dogs when I was growing up. They stayed home. They didn't do the town with us when we were out.

Don't even get me started on bikers and their hogging the traffic lanes tactics.

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Blogger Headly Westerfield said...

There is a new designation called "comfort dogs," which seems to fall under the Disabilities Act. A friend who manages a Starbucks says they cannot throw anyone out who says their dogs are comfort dogs.

Which is why we now have so many dogs in our complex despite the "no dogs" rule in the HOA incorporating documents.

June 15, 2015 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is a ‘Comfort Dog’ a Service Dog?
There have been receiving an increase in inquiries from people with psychiatric concerns whose doctors have prescribed they keep a pet with them to calm anxiety or provide needed emotional support. They call when they are denied access to public places and don’t understand why this happens since they have a ‘Psychiatric or Comfort Service Animal’. Based upon how the law is currently written, the vast majority of these animals do not qualify as a service animal.
The Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990, (ADA), defines service animal as: “any animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.” The ADA defines a disability as: “a mental or physical condition which substantially limits a major life activity such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.”
To be considered a service animal, the animal must be trained to perform tasks directly related to the person’s disability. “Comforting” or “giving love”, although clinically proven to be beneficial for people, is not acknowledged as a trained “task” by the Department of Justice, which enforces the ADA.
Some examples of trained tasks performed by psychiatric service animals include:
* bringing medication to alleviate symptoms,
* bringing a beverage so their person can swallow medication,
* bringing a phone to their person in an emergency,
* answering the door bell, or
* calling 911 or summoning help in an emergency.
A more in-depth review of tasks that an animal can be trained to do to help a person who is disabled with a psychiatric condition can be found in Service Dogs Tasks for Psychiatric Disabilities by Joan Froling. If you believe you have an animal that should qualify as a psychiatric service animal or work in a retail store, restaurant or other place open to the public, we encourage you to read the article on the aforementioned link to ensure understanding of the law.

But if a person is so emotionally delicate that they need a pet for comfort, thumb to suck or a soft towel to smooth their nerves, then perhaps they should just get better meds or do us all a favor and remind home.

June 15, 2015 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comfort dogs remind me of the disabled parking decal being abused by untold number of healthy drivers in Miami with inability of any oversight and enforcement. Dogs are doing plenty of shitting outside, so leave them outside on a leash, have you noticed how nicely dog shit sticks to the rubberized mulch in parks and around town? Once there it stays there for weeks, not like natural turf where it deteriorates quickly. Pick up your dog's shit, please.

June 15, 2015 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I own two dogs and love taking them to outdoor restaurants. I think if I eat outside, I should be able to bring my dog, however, I don't think bringing your dog inside an eating establishment (nor a grocery store, mall, movie theater, etc) is needed.

June 15, 2015 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To one degree or another many humans have all sorts of mental weaknesses making it difficult or impossible to bond with the opposite sex leading to marriage, children and home. Man domesticated dogs about 100,000 years or so ago, who would bark when strangers neared & made a noise or approached downwind & the dog picked up their scent. Dogs are pack animals and simply enjoy being touched, petted and engaging in a shared relationship with another life form that doesn't hurt them. I've had dogs, cats and fish tanks, but I prefer my wife and I cannot imagine depending on some dog, cat, bird, or pig to bond with - - - kiss, sleep with, take to a movie, or eat with. I find this trend disturbing, sad and very unnatural that so many people require a non-human relationship. I loved my dogs and cats, but they were still dogs and cats. And advertisers are now having dogs, cats, pigs and horses speak directly to potential customers. I understand this, I accept this without overt vocal judgment, but when these people place more importance on their pet above that of any other human that's over the line and I feel these people require psychiatric assistance rather that a dog or cat.

June 15, 2015 6:42 PM  
Anonymous PoincianaPatty said...

I'll take the dogs over the stupid cyclist anyway!

June 15, 2015 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


June 16, 2015 6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about placing a sign on the window with the international symbol of a red circle and diagonal bar though it indicating “do not enter”. Below the sign could be a list of undesirables, such as Pets Of Any Kind, Emotionally Unstable, Screaming Infants, Annoying Cellphone Users and Wi-Fi Squatters.

June 16, 2015 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your dog is not a person. You dog owner who brings your dog everywhere, are barely a person, but moreover you are an entitled, selfish, brat clearly incapable of acting like an adult.

Honestly, there is something wrong with you if you feel the need to impose on people with your beast. You are not special, and neither is your mangy dog.

Start by having some respect for others, and maybe one day, you'll develop some for yourself.

June 19, 2015 11:19 AM  

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