Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

Oppose Florida Bill HB 243 – A Trojan Horse to ban dogs from retail

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Florida is proposing a 2020 bill (HB 243) that Dog Lovers need to seriously take a look at and oppose.

While claiming to ban dogs from the “Inside” portions of restaurants – where dogs have been banned by law for many decades – this bill would not be needed for that. The current doggy dining laws opens up only outdoor areas of restaurants for dogs and only those where the dog doesn’t have to walk inside the restaurant to get to the outdoor section. So this new bill is entirely unnecessary regarding restaurants.

So why the bill? The wording (Places of Business’s are listed as well as restaurants) appears to go way beyond restaurants and include retail of all kinds. This includes malls – many Florida malls allow and are frequented by dogs that are carried or in carriers or on leash. Stores – such as Home Improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot and all other stores that dogs may be allowed into by the stores owners. Pet Stores may not even be able to allow dogs…

The bill also contains a requirement to set up a location where people can report any business violating this law… So that it will be easy for a single individual to file complaints where ever they see a dog.

This bill seems to be a Trojan Horse – using restaurants as its cover but targeting dogs everywhere. It has no purpose for restaurants – but would establish a ban on dogs in retail.

At the very least it is unnecessary. At the worst it is awful. It should go nowhere…

Text of Bill – https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2020/243/BillText/Filed/PDF

DogFriendly.com Releases Its 2013 Report Card for The Pet Travel Industry – Progress Was Made But There Is Still Work To Do

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Pet-friendly Hotels, Dining and Air Travel make big strides while Intercity Trains and Buses continue to fail the pet traveling public.

DogFriendly.com (https://www.dogfriendly.com), a publisher of dog travel guides, announced that it has graded the United States pet travel industry. And how did they do? That depends. Improving were hotels, restaurants, air travel, camping and shopping. Continuing to miserably fail are intercity trains and buses, which don’t allow pets at all. “The overall conclusion is that the United States has a ways to go to be as pet-friendly as Europe for traveling dogs and their human companions” said Len Kain, Editor of DogFriendly.com.

Lodging: A – Pet-friendly hotels available almost everywhere. B&Bs and Vacation Rentals are also available. Some hotels have special pet programs.

Campgrounds: B+ – Most campgrounds allow dogs, but there are restrictions. There have been improvements in pet access to state parks.

Airlines: B- The big problem remains – most dogs must fly in cargo. For smaller dogs, airports have pet relief areas and overall easier travel.

Nationwide Trains/Buses: F – What can we say? No dogs are allowed on Amtrak or Greyhound. Not even small dogs in carriers. In Europe, leashed dogs of all sizes are allowed on trains. This must change.

Local Transit: C+ – Small dogs allowed on many city public transit systems; Large dogs allowed on a few. In most cities it is possible but sometimes tricky to get cab service with a larger dog.

Parks: B+ – Many parks have eased restrictions on dogs. The exception is the National Parks. State parks are much better. Some city parks remain too restrictive.

Off-Leash Parks: B+ – There are over a thousand off-leash parks and most are open to visiting dogs; some require local permits and fees which makes it difficult for travelers.

Beaches: C+ – Most beaches don’t allow dogs. You can find a dog-friendly beach in most areas, but you have to look.

Restaurants: B – For the most part, the debate about dogs at outdoor patios is over and dogs are allowed. Many states and cities have clarified this recently. In Europe, a restaurant can allow dogs inside. Why not here?

Shopping: B- – Most open-air shopping centers allow dogs as do many stores. Indoor malls usually don’t. Can this change?

Attractions: B- – Some outdoor attractions allow dogs; most indoor ones do not. There are many things to do with a dog if you look carefully.

Pet Sitters: B – High end hotels often offer pet sitting. There are also doggy day care and day kennel facilities. Or you can call a pet sitter in the area you’re visiting.

Since 1998, DogFriendly.com has been providing information for people who travel with dogs world-wide.The company offers complete travel guides for thousands of cities. Find the dog-friendly guides on the web at http://www.DogFriendly.com, as a free iPhone app or Android app, a mobile website at http://www.DogFriendly.com/m and in ebook and paperbook formats.

London Dining is Dog-Friendly

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Where American Dog Owners need to settle for outdoor seats, that is not the case in many other countries, particularly in Europe. See this article by the Independent, in London, England.

On Friday, invitations went out to next week’s “VIP launch night of Bites and Bones” at the Bluebird restaurant in London. Held to celebrate a new dog-friendly menu, the event promises “doggie cocktails, canapés and goodie bags” Continue the story at the Independent.

If anyone from the U.S. wants to visit England with a dog, it’s a lot easier now than it used to be. If the right preparations are done, their is no quarantine and the dog can leave the airport with you. For more on this see these DogFriendly.com links:

London Hotel Guide:
https://www.dogfriendly.com/server/travel/worldcities/guides/world/cities/worldonlinecityUNILondon.shtml

Pet Air Travel:
https://www.dogfriendly.com/server/travel/airtravel/airpettravel.shtml

Rules to enter countries with pets:
https://www.dogfriendly.com/server/travel/info/customs/travelcustoms.shtml