June 19th, 2015 10:37 EST
It's Now Legal to Dine With Your Dog in New York
"The New York state Senate has passed legislation that would amend the state health law to allow restaurant patrons` dogs into outdoor dining areas. On Tuesday the bill passed the Assembly, and it now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for review.
The `Dining with Dogs` bill would permit customers to bring their pet dogs into outdoor dining areas of restaurants that wish to provide this service, as long as the restaurant can ensure that there will be no contamination of food and tainted utensils or equipment. Dogs would be required to be leashed, and any establishment can choose not to allow pets."
My pooch, Mandy, often accompanies me when I run my errands, I always feel sorry that I have to leave her in my Jeep when I go to the grocery store, post office, or restaurant.
I envy people who enter restaurants with their service dogs, Mandy always joins me for dinner at home, but I would love to bring her with me when I dine out.
New York has passed legislation that would permit customers to bring their pet dogs into outdoor dining areas of restaurants that wish to provide this service.
A dog is a perfect dining companion, he won`t interrupt your meal with crude jokes or banal conversation, and he will sit patiently by your side expecting only an occasional treat from your plate.
Kudos to the great state of New York, one of the most canine-friendly states in America.