Richard Oliff: Don’t put all canines in the dog house

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We recently came across a restaurant called The Dog House.

This was a place where people could eat, choosing their lunchtime or evening meal from extensive food and wine menus.

Nothing strange there then, except that this was a restaurant that welcomed dog owners with their dogs.

Following our wonderful experience we began to notice that more and more eating houses, restaurants and bars were becoming tolerant of dogs. One reason is of course obvious: profit.

I can remember from years ago cafés and bars in French cities being rather dog-friendly, but this was a whole new experience.

Having recently taken our dog on holiday our choices of where to eat were limited. Still, as we sat outside a restaurant where they welcomed dogs, two men and a woman made their views audibly clear that they did not approve.

That said, there were far more people stopping to pass complimentary remarks about Alfie. It’s understood that any animal is kept under close and strict supervision in such environments, though we found that Alfie simply became bored rather quickly and merely curled up under the table.

Dogs are used for ‘petting’ therapy in hospitals, supposedly one of the most clinically hygienic places one could find, yet even here dogs have a place among people.

Sometimes an old saying can have relevance which in this instance has to be that all dogs are good; it’s just that some owners make some dogs bad.

Of course, not everyone likes dogs, but maybe if we had further outlets like The Dog House we would all get a better understanding of each other.