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  • $30 for a “service” vest and every hotel in the country becomes pet friendly.  You violate my rights if you even so much as ask for proof.

    • Ben Hutchins

       This is why we can’t have nice things.

    • Anonymous

       and that is such bull.

      • Ben Hutchins

         Oh man.  Service bull.  That would be hella stylish.  Unwieldy, yes, but think of the entrances you could make at parties.

        • Passadumkeagah

          There are a million catchphrases that come to mind…

          While this isn’t 4chan (or even Reddit), I’ll kick it off…

          “He’s here, he’s a steer – GET USED TO IT!”

  • Anonymous

    Man’s best friend. Period.  

  • Ben Hutchins

    Last time I had an office job I used to take my beagle to work sometimes.  He was the world’s laziest dog and would generally just sack out in the kneewell of my desk; sometimes people didn’t even realize I’d brought him until he came out at quitting time and we went home. :)

  • Superuser23

    Business owners may not ask what the disability is or require any sort
    of documentation certifying that the dog has been trained as a service
    animal, Aiello said.

    They should be able to provide documentation or the business owner be allowed to ask more questions. Countless people brining their “dogs in a bag” or a dog clearly not a service animal is getting out of hand in businesses. What this tells me is I can go ahead and bring my dog in tomorrow to Wal-mart and tell them this is my service dog and serves as a disability (because they can’t ask any details) and they have to accept it and I don’t get to apologize to any one of you near the dog who might be allergic to it

    Oh wait did I say walmart? Ah heck they never do or ask anything I could bring in a wild raccoon and they still let me shop

    • Anonymous

      Businesses don’t have to “accept it” if the dog is not a service dog. How would they know? If the dog is eliminating in the business, is acting unruly, is acting threatening, is somehow causing an undue hardship (like a stinky, dirty dog in a clothing store), etc. Businesses have rights, and to perpetuate the myth that they don’t and just “can’t do anything about it” is a dis-service to people who use service animals. As the public gets all freaked out about how “no one can do anything about it… there ought to be a law,” law makers just might make some more laws that will hamper my use of  my service animal! 

  • Passadumkeagah

    Things have changed so much. A couple years ago, I encountered quite a bit of resistance to bringing my ferret to work. That crazy fool loved the Werther’s Originals!

    • Anonymous

      My co-workers aren’t really warming up to my “service” Burmese Python.  It really disheartens me and makes me feel isolated.  I think I’ll file a lawsuit for mental anguish.

      • Passadumkeagah

         Now, if you brought a Boa (constrictor – not feather) to work, you could offer “free hugs” to any ‘doubting Thomases.” Simply a friendly suggestion…

    • Anonymous

      FERRET? now seriously.  The work ethic is gone, now you bring a ferret to work?  Are you people in Kindergarten?

      • Passadumkeagah

        Some of us are in Kindergarten.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve worked in offices with dogs and it’s a nightmare.
     I’m not afraid of animals and I don’t have allergies, but an office workplace is just not an appropriate place for animals.  The dogs pick up on any tensions among the people, which are unavoidable in a deadline-driven environment, get wound up, and have to be calmed down. They’re constantly in the way and underfoot, regardless of what the owners claim.  And if you speak up about problems, you’re shunned and talked about, because it’s not PC to point out the problems.

  • Anonymous

    OK I don’t want your kids OR your dog at my place of work.  There is a time and a place for each.  NO ONE loves your kids and pets like you do, so DON”T assume we want them with us.  It’s for work. Yes, pets can reduce stress and lower blood pressure but people can trip over them, they shed, they just don’t belong in a work place unless you run a kennel.  Don’t even take them to your friend’s house every time you go unless they ask you to.  I hate when people bring dogs to my house to visit. 

    • Jake_OO7

      Thanks for the info, Debbie Downer.

      • LOL obviously a cat lover not a dog lover (houltonborn)!

    • Anonymous

      I bring my dog to my office all the time. It is not open to the public and people are warned before I hire them that my dog will be there. It is my office – if people don’t like it then don’t take the job. Simple as that.

    • I dont think that in every situation a person can have a dog at their workplace. I mean come on common sense?? But if there was “room” or not a dangerous place whats the bother? I would hope that people would have the sense to not bring a aggressive dog other then that whats the problem if the workplace is safe??

    • beithe

       Please don’t trip on our dog on the way out. We love her and wouldn’t want her hurt by your big feet.

  • Anonymous

    Both of my supervisors have been bringing their dogs in for years. It’s nice having them around and taking them out on breaks. If I was in the office I’d bring mine too.

  • Anonymous

    Have dogs of my own and they are treated as humans, but I don’t assume other people feel the same way. They don’t belong in the workplace- period.

  • Pets in the workplace is nothing new. You will remember that Mary had a little lamb.

    Clyde, who works in a garage on route 80 in Fort Myers, brings his pig, Percy, to work. Percy has been a welcome guest on my television show many times so I have seen firsthand how a pet can provide comfort to their owners in a workplace. Visitors to the garage have the opportunity to share their sandwiches with Percy who is always appreciative.

    I know what it’s like to get to love a pet you have raised so I can understand being able to enjoy their company in the workplace. Over the past 40 years I’ve had 20 0r 30 pets I got to know and love. 

    When they got big and fat I ate them up. 

    The humble Farmer

  • RJ

    An animal does not belong in a professional environment.  Ever.  Very rude & inconsiderate.  There are enough animals on two legs out here now…

  • Anonymous

    Amen.

  • Anonymous

    My husband brings our dog to work just about everyday at UMO but he’s in a very quiet Dept and she is a big love muffin.   But, this is not a business with customers.   Rare vistors are scientists and environmentalists who tend to love animals.  So it works well.   It all depends on the situation and the dog(s).  Personally, I gravitate towards businesses that are pet friendly but not everyone is comfortable with it.   Many people are afraid of dogs, for good reason.   If I were a business owner I would certainly be sensitive to this.     
     

  • Anonymous

    Businesses don’t have to “accept it” if the dog is not a service dog. How would they know? If the dog is eliminating in the business, is acting unruly, is acting threatening, is somehow causing an undue hardship (like a stinky, dirty dog in a clothing store), etc. Businesses have rights, and to perpetuate the myth that they don’t and just “can’t do anything about it” is a dis-service to people who use service animals. As the public gets all freaked out about how “no one can do anything about it… there ought to be a law,” law makers just might make some more laws that will hamper my use of  my service animal! 

  • Anonymous

    Employers encourage dogs in the workplace to spy on the employees.

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