No Dogs Allowed

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It's three little words I hate. Actually, let me clarify that, I don't hate them -- I despise them. And, sometimes, it's not even the words, but instead a picture of a dog with a circle around it and a line through it: No Dogs Allowed.

Boy, do I really hate seeing that. But, in some cases, I also understand it. At the rest area on the highway where all there is inside is rack cards advertising hotels, attractions and tours -- who cares if a dogs is there. At the rest area on the highway were there is food services -- completely get it.


Many people are allergic to them, or have a fear of the four legged balls of fur and I also get that some pet owners are not as considerate as others. In fact, until I started getting allergy shots, I too was allergic to dogs, cats, horses, pretty much everything.

Yes, I can pick up Toby and just carry him in my arms while I browse the rack cards to find a hotel, but that's not the case with a 75 pound dog who also decides it should bark at everyone. As much as I would love for Toby to be welcomed everywhere, especially when I'm traveling, I also completely understand that in some places, it's just not possible -- especially when it comes to indoor locations.

(Although I still can't understand why I couldn't even sit near the Olympic bobsledding track with Toby outside on my lap while my Dad and Aunt when on a tour, because that area had plenty of space even for a big dog -- not that I'm bitter about being kicked off the property... ;-) )

I do take Toby to the places I can, but being a courteous dog owner, I also respect that he's not allowed in places like food stores, shopping malls, rest areas, inside restaurants, etc. So, I make other arrangements that usually means leaving Toby at home. Leaving his sad face while I run to Lowes to pick up gardening supplies breaks my heart, but I do it.

It's also the reason I came very close to calling a store manager the other day when I saw a girl carrying her puppy while her mother shopped in a local supermarket and why I got so annoyed when I saw a woman walking her very large black lab down the aisle of a local hardware store last week.

My first thought/words out of my mouth were, "you've got to be kidding, My dog is stuck at home, while this one gets to go out and have a good time." It may sounds silly, but the reason why I was upset was because I know how much Toby loves going places, and I felt he was being punished because his "mom" was following the rules.

I know this may annoy some people, but it takes a lot of nerve to know your dog isn't allowed somewhere, but just take them anyway. It also reflects badly on *all* pet owners. I can't express how upset I was when I saw that dog in the supermarket. I don't get to spend every waking moment with my dog or even spend as much time as I would like to with him, so when I see other people bringing their dog someplace I deliberately didn't take mine, because it was against the rules, it kills me, and makes me sad for Toby. 


Michelle Maskaly

The Adirondack Chick

My Tail Hurts From Wagging So Much


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