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May 10, 2021

Ban cafe canines

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Hallelujah! Three cheers for Mandy Nolan. Someone who has the courage to say it how it is, and a dog owner to boot.

Only the other day I was revolted, watching a woman share her ice-cream, lick for lick, with her black and white border collie in a cafe garden. Then there was the morning when three dogs, one after the other, pissed on the power pole, not six feet away from our table. Imagine if we did the same.

Who would be responsible if a waiter trips over a dog, and injures a customer? Or if the dog bites the waiter? The excuse will be, ‘Sorry, Bowser is not normally like that.’ Can restaurants afford the risk?

I can only reiterate Mandy’s sentiment, that for dog owners it may be hard to believe that some people don’t actually like dogs sniffing their crutch while having their morning coffee.

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  1. I fully agree. Dogs have no place in human eating places. I find it revolting to see someone put their plate down for a dog to lick. That does it for me, no more eating at that place!
    Unfortunately the ‘seeing eye dog’ laws for blind people allow too much lassitude for anyone to claim that their pooch is one such. The café owner is at a loss what to do. Either turn away or risk anti-discrimination trouble if he insists the dog and owner go elsewhere.

  2. I recently was shocked and injured by a fall in M’by shopping centre caused by a leashed dog draped across the IGA entrance. To compound the shock I was abused by the owner for scaring her personality crutch. On complaining to Council I was informed that dogs are allowed in the shopping precinct under the Companion Animals Act … bet it also says that the owner (human?) must be on the other end of the leash !!!

  3. Yes, dogs can be a problem… convince a cat to “love, honour and obey”, and Australia could be a better place.
    Responsible pet “ownership” in this country is abdicated by boofheads… and picked up by animal welfare carers.


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