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  1. #31
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    I don't get this paranoia about dogs near food. What do they think they're going to do, spread the bubonic plague?! Or that owners will commonly allow their dogs to jump on people's table and help themselves to their food? I just don't get it at all.

    I used to work in a Chinese restaurant in Belgium on weekends and people would often bring their dog INSIDE the restaurant and eat with their dog lying under the table. I can't remember even once having a dog bother anyone and I worked there for years.

    I can kind of understand why dogs would not be allowed in shops. Because it could become quite chaotic if lots of people bring their dog in on a busy day. But a cafe, where you just sit down?

    If I get told I cannot have my dog at a cafe, I will never go back there. Fortunately there are some here where dogs are welcome. They provide water bowls and some have a doggy menu too. Of course there are people who complain bitterly about it, but tough titties. I reckon if people are encouraged to take their dog places, they are more likely to train them properly too. If you are only allowed to take your dog to 'dog only' places, there is less of an incentive to teach them good manners around people.

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    I just think that dog owners are a large majority of the population and should have as much consideration in local laws as non dog owners. As it is a well known fact that dogs need socialization to become well balanced and well behaved animals, we should have dog parks, off leash beach areas and allow dogs outdoors at some cafes.

    Non dog owners can frequent those places that dogs are not allowed if they find them so offensive, and dog owners can avoid those areas specificaly for anal people.

    To ban dogs from pet shops, outdoor markets, hardware stores and nurseries eg. is discrimination to me.

    Non dog owners have no right to impose there opinions on other groups who dont share that opinion.

    The majority of dog owners are responsible and should be allowed the same freedoms within their community as non dog owners.

    I have found that those LOUD anti dog activists within my community, are the ones who own the cats, that keep me up all night fighting shitting in my yard, pot plants and undesexed males pissing on my front door!

    I am at the moment trying to lobby council to get a fenced dog excersise area with seats. The hoops I have to jump through are amazing. I have to find several "suitable" locations to put to them, tell them where the money to build it is going to come from, get a signed petition from residents in the shire and write a proposal as to what impact my fenced dog area will have on nearby residents and those non dog owning residents in the WHOLE SHIRE??? WT fruitcake?
    And that is just a start......

    I have been told by people that it wont go through as Noosa spends its money attracting holiday makers dollars, and councillors are business people who are not interested in locals needs...just tourists!

    How true is that..they wont put a playground in Hastings st Noosa because they do not want to attract tourists with children because they think childless over 50's spend more money and dont like children, so what hope have i got?
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    I don't get why dogs aren't allowed near food either. Feral kids with all sorts of germs are allowed to sit in cafe's etc... your more likely to catch something from them than a dog!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    How true is that..they wont put a playground in Hastings st Noosa because they do not want to attract tourists with children because they think childless over 50's spend more money and dont like children, so what hope have i got?
    Surely there are heaps of those with a dog?! Fight them on their own turf and present it as if you are losing tourists because the place is giving the impression of being anti dog?

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    I think it is actually Victoria that is the least anal...you can have fun at St Kilda beach after all with dogs..walk dogs in St Kilda and people offer them a drink. Beechworth, Yackandandah are so encouraging for dog owners too and I think it has rubbed off on the small towns just across the Murray, Howlong has a special Mutts in May day and there are dogs all over the place at anytime. And both Wodonga and Albury are not too unfriendly at all.

    My Mum used to live in Noosa on the water, she did not like it after canberra and moved to Budderim. It is funny how different places can be. I am actually quite pleases as to where I live. We take ours to all sort of markets, Beechworth, Yackandandah, Myrtleford, Rutherglen, Corowa....they are very used to it. Albury Rotary market won't allow dogs, but the farmers Market does..go figure. must be some anal Rotarian.

    I think dogs should be out and about on leash as long as people clean up after them...makes for a better Canine Citizen, better used to their environment
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    I used to love taking cleo to the pet shop, she absolutely loved it also. Because the ladies there loved her and always gave her treats. :P
    No one loves you like your dog does.

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