Article: “Doggie dining gets governor’s stamp of approval” (June 2006)

"Surrounded by yapping hounds and yapping politicians, Bush signed a bill that allows cities to grant permission to restaurant owners who want to open their patio dining rooms to four-legged customers.

…Like other restaurants downtown, Sam Snead's had built a loyal following of furry customers on its outdoor patio. Dog owners could browse from a "Furry Friends Menu," including chicken and kibble and bow-wow pizza served on a complimentary Frisbee.

…Under the new law, which takes effect immediately, cities may enact ordinances allowing restaurants to apply for permission to open their patio doors to dogs."

source: "Doggie dining gets governor's stamp of approval" by Mark Schlueb (Orlando Sentinel, Jun.3,2006)


Article: “Dining with your dog” (May 2006)

"Having lunch at a sidewalk cafe with your best friend is a great way to pass the time on a warm summer day. But if your best friend has four legs instead of two, you might have to do a little planning ahead.

…Before heading out with your dog, you should call ahead if possible to see if the restaurants have special rules or policies for canine guests. Know that the dogs will be allowed outside only, if there is al fresco seating.

Etiquette tips

  • Make sure your pooch is well behaved around other people, especially children.
  • Leash your four-legged friend and keep him or her from socializing with other diners or employees, unless welcomed…"

source: "Dining with your dog" by Rick McDaniel (Asheville Citizen-Times, May 24,2006)

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