Pooches will be soon be allowed on restaurant patios. A new state law signed last week legally allows people to bring their dogs to outdoor eating areas beginning Jan. 1. While there is plenty of rejoicing at this news (and far too many uses of the phrase “bone appetit”), I want to know what you think of this practice. Do you welcome it as a fun way to spend breakfast with Fido? Or does the thought of fur floating through the air and landing in your eggs Benedict gross you out?
I’d also like you to help me out with a future column. Where have you seen dogs welcomed on patios in the Fresno/Clovis already? Or where have people tried to bring dogs? Are any restaurants in town particularly pet friendly?
It’s worth noting that this new law is not a furry free-for-all. It comes with lots of rules, including:
- The dog must be on a leash or in a carrier.
- The dog cannot sit on a chair or bench (so that puppy in the picture is a no no).
- Utensils, condiments, etc. must be stored in enclosed containers when dogs are present (meaning fur shouldn’t mingle with forks).
- Employees who deal with food can’t pet dogs and if they do, they need to wash their hands.
- Dogs must be able to enter a patio directly. They are not allowed to walk through a restaurant to get to the outdoor dining area.
- The restaurant gets to decide if dogs are allowed on patios.
- Cities and counties can still ban the practice if they want.
- Any poop or piddle needs to be cleaned up quickly.