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#401158 - 02/26/11 08:05 PM Dogs in Restaurant?
Cayemen Offline
Today we went to eat at a restaurant. Every time we go there we bring our dog with us. Today, a member of the town board and licensing board, complained and said it was against the law to bring dog(s) to a restaurant. He said something along the lines of: "I will come with some guys if there is dogs again here in this restaurant." He after wards told the waiter, that he will close down the restaurant if he sees dog(s) again in the restaurant.

My question is: is there really a law against bringing dogs, or any animals to restaurants, bars, beach bars or any other businesses?

What if the dog is belongs to the owner of the place and is always in the restaurant or bar? (Pedro's Inn)

I hope that someone know the answer to the question I ask, because it would be really sad for us, if we can't bring our dog to restaurants anymore and go for a walk after wards.
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#401159 - 02/26/11 08:18 PM Re: Dogs in Restaurant? [Re: Cayemen]
GwenA Offline
I agree! I have always liked the dog friendliness of San Pedro! It's like where I come from in Annapolis. Open air restaurants welcome dogs so far in both places,,,,except some upscale places like BWG, and that's fine. Some restaurants have outside tables and dogs are welcome there, with some exceptions also.
I dislike when haughty politicians try to advance their personal agendas, when their constituents disagree, and the constituents are the ones the politicians represent!

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#401160 - 02/26/11 08:59 PM Re: Dogs in Restaurant? [Re: Cayemen]
ExOkie Offline
I wonder if Charlie at Estel's knows about this ordinance? smile
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#401163 - 02/26/11 09:42 PM Re: Dogs in Restaurant? [Re: ExOkie]
ron Offline
Many states in the US legislate no dogs in any commercial establishment that sells food. Something about the health code. Personally, when I go into a place that sells food I really don't want to see a dog set down on a counter or table. In the state of Connecticut the board of health will shut down the business if a dog is in it. It doesn't make a difference if they are in your arms or if you are the owner of the business. They also don't allow cats in restaurants for mice and rat control. That said I don't know about the law or health regs are in Belize. But I also agree the decision whether a pet can be in the restaurant or not shouldn't be decided by a local politician.

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#401165 - 02/26/11 09:59 PM Re: Dogs in Restaurant? [Re: Cayemen]
GwenA Offline
Well, thanks Ron...we know where you stand. I like the local politician stance. But, have you ever considered the issue (you seem to know the rules).
As much as we don't want to think about it, the issue isn't cleanliness. Most of our wonderful restaurants go through the motions to clean, and clean our tables. But, let's get real, the beachfront open air environs we enjoy so much aren't clean by the standards you describe! There is sand under our feet, salt and sand in particluates blowing at us; and frankly, we don't care...we just want our dish from the kitchen to be clean. We want our food to be sanitary, and at an apropriately hot cooked temperature, stored previously in a very cold fridge!
We hope!
But, if a dog wanders by, under our nose...or is lying under the table, it won't change things much.
We turn our heads and just hope for the clean dish, hot enough food, and the cold fridge.

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#401168 - 02/26/11 10:09 PM Re: Dogs in Restaurant? [Re: GwenA]
ron Offline
Gwen, personally I go with whatever the local regulations allow. When I am in France the dog that sits at the table is fine. When I'm in CT or NY, I allow the local regulations dictate, no animals in a restaurant. I also prefer not to have smokers in a restaurant but again, not my call. If I don't like the ordinance I could work to change it. Or just obey the law but I do want to know the law.

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#401169 - 02/26/11 10:12 PM Re: Dogs in Restaurant? [Re: GwenA]
Barnacle Offline
we used to take our dog, Scurvy, to the dog-friendly bars around here. we would saddle up to the bar and let him go wander the outside areas. it was all just great, until.......
sitting there one day, a family from Iowa or somewhere having lunch a few tables over when here comes Scurvy. he strolls right in and spits out a kitten he just killed, big grin, tail just a waggin!
we both looked away and mumbled something about 'i don't know that dog, do you?'
since the area around that bar was infested with pregnant stray cats, we started going to a bar that was cat-free.
technically, it is against the food codes or whatever it is, for animals to be in restaurants but as with all rules, it seems easily bent.
personally, if they are not fighting, barking, drooling, got the squirts, fleas jumping off by the dozens, smell like dead pelican, killing kittens, peeing on everything, or just plain being nasty,, i enjoy them in the bars!

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#401174 - 02/26/11 10:54 PM Re: Dogs in Restaurant? [Re: Cayemen]
GwenA Offline
Well, Ron, good! You will love it where the dogs hang in Annapolis. And I agree, when one is a traveler in the world, adhere to the local customs and laws. But, upon this board (I won't say locals, as I was taken to task about that by a non-local, aficionado) members, ahem, discuss the status-quo, despite local laws and puffed up members of the Town Board.

You didn't get the point about the dogs being cleaner than some of our restaurants.

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#401176 - 02/26/11 11:00 PM Re: Dogs in Restaurant? [Re: Cayemen]
brotherbill Offline
well as far as i know even in a third world country a dog inside a restaraunt is a perfect reason not to support that establishment, its often been said the pet is only as intelligent as its owner,how much faith do we have in a total stranger,but at a patio it maybe fine but keep in mind the tension will be high aswell as the watchful eyes of others i would think

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#401177 - 02/26/11 11:03 PM Re: Dogs in Restaurant? [Re: Cayemen]
GwenA Offline
Most of our restaurants are indestinguishable from patios! And, if there is a door on it, nobody would bring their dog!

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