Dogs may soon have a really good reason for wagging their tails around Michigan restaurants.
On Thursday, the Michigan House Tourism committee will be considering House Bill 4335, proposed legislation that would allow pet owners to bring their canines into the outdoor dining areas of restaurants. It would only apply to situations where health and safety hazards would not result from a dog's presence or activities. The bill would also give local municipalities the opportunity to adopt stricter ordinances on the subject.
The bill is being sponsored by state Rep. Margaret O'Brien (R-Portage). She told MLive that she believed the proposed legislation would make Michigan a more appealing tourist destination.
“Pets have become quite the travel companions,” she said. “We just want to make sure Michigan has one more tool in the tool belt.”
The proposed legislation has prompted a lively discussion on the Facebook page of Canine To Five, a Detroit dog daycare, boarding and grooming facility.
"I've been waiting for this," said commenter Penelope Thompson. "When I lived in Europe, I traveled everywhere with my dogs, they just laid under the dinner table with their bowl of water, relaxing. It's so much nicer to be able to do and enjoy outdoor [restaurants], without feeling such an outcast having your dog with you."
Linda Cowles, however didn't agree with her sentiment. "Please - nothing personal," she said, "but I don't want to eat with your dog, cat, snake, or any other animal. Or anyone elses [sic]."
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"Our sweet Levi <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=441761919221771&set=pb.218621588202473.-2207520000.1357857134&type=3&theater">the day we got him</a> in 1997 and the day we said goodbye in 2012." (Via Facebook)
An Indiana man <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/indiana-man-reunited-lost-dog-years-article-1.1221452#ixzz2HcGt0bZU">enjoyed a tearful reunion</a> with his dog Bandit five years after the beloved pet went missing in 2007, the New York Daily News reported in December. "This is my little buddy," he said at an adoption center in Indianapolis. "I’ve been missing him for five years."
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"Keith Allison is out of work and struggling to support his family. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151207133003208&set=pb.45564118207.-2207520000.1357860058&type=3&theater">Despite his own struggles</a> he went out of his way to save Caleb, a dog left abandoned and neglected, when no one else would. For three weeks he took care of Caleb and searched for help to get Caleb safely captured." (Via Facebook)
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A puppy stampede of love.
A man and his <a href="http://imgur.com/6NFEp">best friend</a>. (Via Imgur)
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