I have a few pet peeves, but none more annoying than the “laws” against dogs. Being that I take Bruce Wayne everywhere with me and he is my registered Emotional Support Animal. Yes, he is actually legally “certified” in that I have a letter from a licensed therapist stating that he is needed to help combat my anxiety.
That being said, I’ve come across some pretty stupid “excuses” as to why Bruce Wayne isn’t allowed in certain places. Yes, stupid! And I don’t like to use that word unless it’s truly necessary.
Food and the Damn Health Board – Sigh, sad face. This one really gets to me. I had Bruce Wayne in his stroller last summer and was asked to leave our local Target because “they sold food”. I wish I had a dollar … or better yet, even a dime each time I saw “little Johnny” touching some kind of food in the produce section. Kids transfer more germs than one can imagine. Don’t believe me? Go hang out at an elementary school for a few days. My point is, is that kids spread germs through contact between human to human quite easily. Bruce Wayne in his stroller is not going to spread any germs. He has no way to actually touch the produce, unlike little Johnny.
People have allergies – Allergies? Yes, I know all about them. I am allergic to almost everything outside: trees, grass, pollen, etc. But you know what? You don’t see anyone going around in front of me cutting down trees, do you? No. I’m expected to be an adult and either take an allergy pill or just deal with it. No joke, this is the excuse I heard when I went miniature golfing in Ocean City, Maryland. May I remind you that both courses I went to were OUTSIDE! One flat out denied me and the other said that I could play as long as Bruce Wayne stayed in his doggie bjorn holder and did not touch the ground because “people have allergies”! No joke. I know people get competitive at miniature golf, but is someone seriously sniffing the ground during a game? And again, we are outside!
It’s not the correct season – If I could insert the dumbfounded thinking emoji here, I would. This is what I run into every year at Ocean City, Maryland. I love the beach, but for some reason, each summer season, Ocean City hotels, boardwalk and beach suddenly becomes non dog-friendly. Why? Why is it that in the winter months, they magically become dog-friendly? What’s that sound? That’s the sound of a cash register! Hotels and tourist places like the beach know that in the winter seasons they are slow and they need to make money, so they become dog-friendly to make up for lost revenue. I hate it, because literally nothing changes except the fact that they aren’t making as much money. Nothing.
Look I get it. Not every dog is well-behaved. Not every dog is potty trained. I’d much rather companies be straightforward to us then hiding behind stupid excuses. Even though I still think that is dumbfounded, because not every kid is well-behaved, I would respect it more. The excuses get old and as respectable pet parents, we can all see through them.
What are some of the stupidest reasons why you weren’t allowed to bring your dog in somewhere?