Sunday, February 6
Little Difference #32 - Dogs in Restaurants
Two Little Difference posts in a row?!? There is a first for everything. I ran into this difference this weekend. I've been aware of it for sometime but Saturday's experience was just begging to be written up.
On Saturday we went to the center to run some errands and poke around the farmers' market. We ended up going out for lunch at a pizzeria. In the restaurant I counted NO FEWER than 7 dogs under tables at the feet of their owners. I've seen dogs in restaurants here before but hadn't thought much about it until then. The dogs were not ill behaved or a nuisance. They just sat there waiting for their people. All were little dogs, the kind that would fall into the category of a pampered pet.
I don't think this is legal in America. Isn't it a health code violation? I would imagine you'd see this kind of thing in LA or New York City so maybe it isn't a violation. In Seattle? I don't think so. But maybe? As a non dog person I have no idea. I've read about this dog phenomena in Paris, many of the Paris culture shock books discuss this. I guess it is here in Luxembourg too although on a much smaller scale.
It's not that I mind the dogs in the restaurants (or salons. Seen that here too) it is that I just don't understand that kind of dog/person relationship (for lack of a better phrase.) All the fuss, attention, human privileges; I don't get it. Do you?
Have you dined with any canines recently? Details please.
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