I was very happy to read this article yesterday explaining that L.A. County has done away with the old rules and will now allow dogs on restaurant patios.
There were always those places you could go with your dog that had full open air patios, but if they were fenced in, it was known, your pooch had to stay on the outside tethered to the fence. Not the ideal situation if you want your pooch with you while you dine.
Well, yesterday was a good day! L.A. County did something for the dogs and their owners that I am sure is making us all very happy. Now get out there and dine with your dog... but with manners of course.
Below is the full story from the L.A. Times for those of you that missed it.
Los Angeles County will now allow pet dogs to sit with their owners on restaurant patios, officials said Monday.
The old rules banned dogs from outdoor restaurant patios enclosed by a fence, but dogs were allowed to sit near sidewalk tables.
"This is good news for both pets and owners," Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the county Department of Public Health, told The Times.
"This empowers restaurant owners" to invite dogs onto outdoor patios, he said. "I think it's going to mean enhanced business for some restaurants."
He added: "I'm hoping my dog will invite me out for lunch."
The new rules were cheered by the Lazy Dog Cafe, a canine-themed restaurant chain in Southern California that had always wanted to allow dogs on their outdoor patios in L.A. County but were prevented by the previous strict health regulations.
"Now man's best friend can lounge alongside his owner," Lazy Dog Cafe founder Chris Simms said in a statement.
The new county rules allow each restaurant to decide whether to allow or continue banning canines from their outdoor patios. County officials said patrons should ask permission from the restaurant before bringing their dog onto the patio.
They also suggested that dogs be walked before entering the restaurant so they will be relaxed while the owner is dining.
The county said pet dogs must enter the patio through an outdoor gate and not be taken inside the establishment. Dogs will not be allowed on chairs, seats or tables.
The new rules go into effect immediately throughout Los Angeles County except in the cities of Long Beach, Pasadena and Vernon, which have their own public health agencies.