Full disclosure, I will absolutely never understand people who insist on taking their dogs everywhere. I love my dog, but I also acknowledge he’s a weirdo, and since he can’t communicate his thoughts and feelings, he’s better left at home.
As much as I love my dog, I don’t really expect anyone else to. People have allergies, childhood traumas associated with dogs, and some simply don’t like dogs. Their right to exist in a public space supersedes my dog’s.
In my anecdotal experience, I’ve found there is a direct correlation between people who take their dogs everywhere and a lack of training/socialization on the dog’s part. In short, I find these people selfish and thoughtless (they’ll take their pooch anywhere, store policies be damned!), and those type of people never really put in enough effort to train their dog. They see their dog as an extension of themselves, and thus feel entitled to bring the dog wherever they go. Other people’s comfort never factors into the equation. Of course, your mileage may vary on this, and I’m sure a few people are angrily typing up their comment about how their situation is different—but the fact of the matter is, most store policies (and health codes) see it my way.
So basically, my position on dogs is this: I love dogs, but they primarily belong at home, for theirs and other people’s comfort and safety. This of course excludes any sort of service animal—who I (and also the law…and reasonable, decent people everywhere) view as an extension of the person they’re aiding and by no means factor into this conversation. Well, they do, but only in the sense that I’ve seen service dogs get harassed by someone’s pet, in a store, and that’s doubly un-cool, since in addition to being VERY good boys and girls, they’re providing a vital service to their human and need to be left alone to accomplish it.
Mine, unfortunately, is a losing position. That’s a lament for another time, friends. Since I know getting worked up over this issue is futile, I’ll settle for the next best thing: designated places where pets are welcome (that I can avoid.)
In that vein, a “movie theater” (an event space that gets turned into a theater on weekend, really) in Plano Texas has opened that is entirely dog-friendly.
There is a two-dog per-person limit, and only 25 human tickets available per showing. You can buy snacks for yourself (and your dog) and live your best life, together, while you watch movies—the recent slate included Elf and Home Alone. I guess the owner thinks dogs tend towards comedies, which I think I agree with. Probably not due to any artistic sensibilities on the dog’s part, but more due to the lack of loud explosions or startling noises.
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