BOO: Reno Nevada Health District takes aim at bars & restaurants that welcome dogs

August 24th, 2017

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The Washoe County Health District is getting strict about dogs being on the patios of restaurants and bars — many that are typically known for being dog-friendly.

According to Phil Ulibarri with the Washoe County Health District, a law that prohibits dogs in restaurants and bars, including the patio, has been on the books for years.

Ulibarri says the health district has received numerous complaints about dogs being at local businesses, which is part of the reason they are increasing enforcement.
But Ulibarri says businesses can get permission from the health department to allow dogs on their patios by applying for a $288 waiver.
“They apply for an Operational Plan to tell us where those animals are going to be and they show us their staff is equipped to handle issues that arise with pets in bars and restaurants,” said Ulibarri.
He said those issues include dogs defecating on the floor, employees handling pets, pets eating off customer plates and behaving disruptively.
Ole Bridge Pub and Sierra Tap House are two Reno bars applying for the waiver. Outside Sierra Tap House, a sign that reads “No Dogs Allowed” is getting a lot of attention from customers who have always known the bars to be dog-friendly.
“People have been walking by and seeing the signs posted and are getting kind of upset,” said Cassie Pete, who manages both bars.
She says the Washoe County Health District told her two weeks ago that they can no longer allow dogs on either of their patios.
“At Ole Bridge, we’ve been here for seven years. At [Sierra] Tap House, we’ve been there for 11 years. We’ve had dogs on the patio all that time and have never had any issues,” said Pete.
Pete says they hope to have the Operational Plan completed and approved within the next two weeks, so they can once-again welcome dogs on the patio.
“Bare with us. Please bare with us while we are trying to figure this out. It’s not a personal choice. We want you guys to be able to bring all members of your family – furry or not,” said Pete.

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The Best Dog-Friendly Bars, Cafes, And Restaurants Around D.C.

August 24th, 2017

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It can be stressful to leave your pup at home, and many owners would like to be able to bring their pooch out to eat and drink without worrying about leaving it behind. Luckily, District dog-lovers have an increasing number of great options for dining and drinking around the city with their pets. All of these places offer water and a place for your dog, but also go above and beyond to make your furry friend feel welcome.


ART AND SOUL: Catering to the well-heeled, Art and Soul goes above and beyond, offering dogs their own menu with a variety of options that are sure to please even the most picky pooch. Art and Soul serves up sophisticated, contemporary Southern cuisine in their dining room—and grilled sirloin, frozen beef bones, and banana-peanut “pupsicles” outside on the dog-friendly patio.
Art and Soul is located at 415 New Jersey Ave. NW
BAKED AND WIRED: This acclaimed family bakery features cupcakes so heavenly they’ll bring tears to your eyes, as well as a variety of other handmade baked goods such as biscotti, granola, and ice cream sandwiches. The bakery concocts homemade dog treats in a variety of savory flavors, including Peanut Butter Krunch, Bacon & L. Queso, and Chick-E-Cheese. They also make kitty treats. There is a little coffee shop attached specializing in espresso drinks where guests can boost their sugar high even higher with caffeine. Dogs are welcome to enjoy their treats outside on the patio.
Baked and Wired is located at 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW

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Judge Judy lets dog loose in courtroom to identify his owner

August 24th, 2017

Dog “proves” who his owner is…

Turning to the woman she asks, “Do you want to go get the dog?” Clearly more a statement than a question, the woman obediently leaves to go fetch the pooch. As the reality of this scene unfolds you can literally feel the tension while everyone waits in anticipation for what is about to happen next. After a few moments the woman returns with an adorable white ball of fluff and the audience melts into “oohs” and “awwhs.” The man who has stood this entire time with a seriously grim look bursts into a huge smile, “Hey boy. Hey baby boy. Hey man,” he gushes.

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