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Dodging Dogfights

 

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I was born and raised in Europe and lived more than half of my life in Vienna, Austria.

We always had animals -- especially dogs -- that we took everywhere with us, to cafes, restaurants, inside airports, and many other public places.

I was really shocked when I came to the United States to see how restricted the lives of animals and dogs have been in this country.

Let me state at the outset that I am not one of those snobby Europeans who thinks that everything in Europe is much better than in the United States. Quite the contrary: I love this country, prefer living here, and I find many things to be far better here than anywhere in Europe. Alas, attitudes towards dogs happens not to be one of them.

There should be no reason at all not to take one's dog inside a restaurant. I know that there exist strange regulations by various health departments on account of the alleged unsanitary conditions that dogs supposedly represent. I do not want to regale you with the countless times in which I saw many a more disgusting, unkempt and unruly person intruding upon many a restaurant's public space to the nuisance of its patrons. And surely you would not argue to have these folks barred from restaurants.

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