Friday, August 16, 2019

Canine Crackdown

Well, it was fun while it lasted.  Media attention on dog-friendly restaurants brought the fun to an end.  More restaurants were allowing diners to bring their canine companions to their outdoor patios.   Unfortunately, catering to the canines is against the law and the State Department of Health is cracking down.  WLBT reported two weeks ago:

Several restaurants in the metro are known to be pet friendly, but the Mississippi Department of Health said they don’t approve of the dog and dining experience.

“We have to abide by what the restaurant codes are, so we won’t have any choice,” said Drew Creel, proprietor for Krilakis Greek restaurant in Ridgeland.

Creel has had his restaurant pet-friendly restaurant open for years. He said that after learning about this food code, the restaurant will turn away any future furry customers.

“I really wasn’t aware that the health department said that dogs could not be anywhere around your restaurant,” said Creel.

However, Liz Sharlot of the Department of Health shared a statement that reads in part:
“It is the responsibility of the food safety certified manager on staff at each restaurant to be knowledgeable about food safety issues and to control practices and procedures that contribute to foodborne illness.”

Those that came to dine with dogs at Krilakis never sat indoors. With seating outside, their pets were leashed outside of this gate; a rule that Creel insisted on. Even so, that still violates the state’s food code....

 harlot said the code dates back to at least 2005.

“I think some restaurants don’t know about it. I wasn’t aware that dogs couldn’t be around,” said Creel.
His opinion might hold some truth. Deep South Pops on State Street had dogs on their patio Friday.

Walker’s, Barrel House, and Bop’s Frozen Custard in Ridgeland are also known to have pet-friendly patios.
The health department said this is one of many violations they will continue to inspect for in the future. Rest of article.
 Nice.  Give thanks to Clarion-Ledger reporter Italiana Anderson attempted to play reported in July.  She wrote a story that listed the "dog-friendly" restaurants in the Jackson metro area.  No less than forty establishments allow patrons to bring their mutts with them to their outdoor patios.  Some even hold fund-raisers to help animal rescue groups. 

However, Ms. Anderson forgot to do one little thing - check the health department regulations.  Yup.  MSDH officials read the story and immediately contacted the reporter.  This website questioned the story after it learned the agency called the Clarion-Ledger and also started contacting restaurants to enforce the regulation.  Of course, the "reporter" now had a real story to write - the crackdown on dog-friendly restaurants. Article.

Yup, good ole fashioned journalism- bumbling around to ruin everyone's fun.  Too bad the ICE raids didn't happen a month earlier.  This is Trump's fault. 


Anonymous said...

Frankly, I don't want a slobbering, panting, smelly dog sitting beside me when I sit down for a meal. It's like smoking, I don't want to smell your smoke when I am dining out.

Anonymous said...

"Yup, good ole fashioned journalism- bumbling around to ruin everyone's fun."

Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

Anonymous said...

Dog makes a fine meal.....

Stuff About ZeroBear PolyBear said...

Too many dogs out there anyway. Lock them in your yard and ban them from where I'm eating please.

Change the Flag and Fill the Potholes said...

Dogs are like kids: Every parent assumes that everyone else thinks their kids are as adorable as they do...

Anonymous said...

KF, Are service dogs allowed in grocery stores? I saw one at Kroger walking around the meat, seafood, & deli areas. The service dog human companion looked like she was from Kalifornia.

Anonymous said...

Just claim that you have a mental disability such as species dysphoria and that your dog is not only your fiance but is also your emotional support animal. Its 2019 and it is time to resist Trumps hate!

Anonymous said...

"Yup, good ole fashioned journalism- bumbling around to ruin everyone's fun."

That's rich coming from this website.

Remember, the reporter wasn't doing anything wrong... nor is it her job to see if what restaurants are doing is illegal.

Just because you're a dog lover, KF, don't shit on other reporters because you don't like the fact what the restaurants are doing is illegal.

Anonymous said...

Zoinkers, Scooby-Doo!

Anonymous said...

leave those ..... animals at home!!!! off of planes, out of restaurants etc. Couldn't believe this crap was going on when I 1st heard about it, emotional support animals biggest crock of crap, if you can't function in society without your pet you probably should just stay in the house.

Anonymous said...

Settle down, Karen. Nobody's taking their dog to Ryan's.

Anonymous said...

Mississippi rednecks and ignorance — nothing ever changes and I am never surprised in any arena, including canines. This state deserves all the derision heaped upon it. Just wish canines didn’t have to suffer because of it.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe the number of people who apparently believe the world should revolve around their likes and dislikes and who think " one size fits all".

Dogs no longer pose any sort of health threat outdoors on a leash as they did when the law was written. There is flea medicine now. There are shots for various canine diseases that dogs get now. There are actually humans that need service dogs. You all assume the worst thanks to your susceptibility to react like Chicken Little to every news report of a rare occurrence in real life.

Don't go to a restaurant that allows dogs for their outdoor dining or just go inside for goodness sakes. You'll miss a lot of fine dining in the rest of the world, but that's your choice.

I can't help but suspect that you are the same people who are completely thoughtless of others in any venue and who have disgusting personal habits of which you are completely unaware.

Anonymous said...

@8:06 downed a pot of sanctimony this morning the complains about the thoughtlessness of others. ROFLMAO

Anonymous said...

I 100% agree with the Health Dept and most of the posters on here. If I walk in a restaurant and I see a dog, I’m leaving. I love animals and would never hurt one. However, I don’t want to eat with your dog or anyone else’s dog. They are animals and belong outside. God made them with fur for a reason-so they could survive outside. A wise person once said-the more we live with animals, the more we become like animals. Thank you Health Dept for getting this one right!

Anonymous said...

"Frankly, I don't want a slobbering, panting, smelly dog sitting beside me when I sit down for a meal."

I bet they're not too fond of you either.

Anonymous said...

just order a 25 dollar “emotional support animal” vest off amazon. no one will dare question the power of the vest..

Anonymous said...

I’m not a dog person.




Anonymous said...

806, there are medicines. Just like there is soap in this world and shampoo and deodorant. Just because it exists doesn't mean everybody uses it.

Certainly true with dogs - not everybody has their dogs on a leash, not everybody gives their dogs proper meds, and certainly not every dog is as clean as you seem to think they all are.

Just as not every kid is properly trained how to act, not every dog is either. Just as parents of kids don't always understand their kids improper actions are bad, the same applies to dog owners. They all think their kids/dogs are perfect and everybody finds them delightful, because they can't see through their glasses at their kids/dogs poor behavior.

We can't ban kids from these restaurants, but that doesn't mean we can't ban dogs.

You want to eat with your dog? Order take-out. Sorry you are inconvenienced, but the world isn't built just for your likes and wants.

Timmy, take Lassie Outdoors While We Eat, Please said...

Oh, Christ, HURRAY for the Health Department using effin’ common sense. I cannot abide an indoor dog, in my home,, and I certainly will not patronize any restaurant that allows the smelly, slavering beasts to flop down by their owners’ tables. Service dog? Sure, a real one for the blind or deaf, that has been expensively trained. Some cockamamie “emotional support animal”? Out, out, out, damned Spot!

Jimmy K. Taylor said...

Service Animals aren't the sane thing as support animals. I support service animals but not the other.

Be Safe,

Jimmy K. Taylor

Anonymous said...

5:38pm I expected a response that someone who knows little about dogs/dogs owners and who is unobservant and ill informed would write what you wrote.

I would point out to you that the dog friendly restaurants with outdoor dining have expensive menus. They are choosing to target a market of which you are not a member. They know you are a tiny slice of the overall market. I'm certain that if a dog who fit your description of filthy and flea bitten showed up, they would be asked nicely to leave just as a restaurant that requires jackets would not seat someone or allow those who are barefoot sit. But, there are restaurants on the beach for the shoeless. Are you operating under the delusion that every business caters to the needs, tastes and purchasing power of everyone?

The dogs I see at these restaurants are pure bred or expensive mixed breeds like labradoodles. And, if you pay big bucks for a dog, you also have the ability to care for it.

The dogs are leashed because there are leash laws. There are also laws that require the dogs to have shots every year. Indeed, many of those with dogs at these restaurants even have a doggie travel pack with their own bowl for water and dog treats.

I don't take my current dog to restaurants because she is not well socialized. I didn't take my children to nice restaurants when they were too young to have good manners and a long enough attention span either. It's called being thoughtful of others . I did take a previous dog to restaurants with outdoor canine dining because he was well trained and gentle even with small children.

I just think those objecting have a canine phobia or else are the kind of people who whine about their allergy but who never imagine that someone could be allergic to their cologne or hair spray/gel.

Keep up and grow up.

You People Are Barking Mad! said...

8:19, your rather lame defense of this practice is nothing but bluster; it is ILLEGAL to bring Fido to a place where others are dining, and good for this reporter for blowing the whistle. What is the big deal about just leaving the animal at home? Must it go everywhere you go?

5:38 is spot on. I seriously doubt he/she is “phobic,” just not as in love with canines as you are. I agree: if you just can’t enjoy a meal without a dern dog at your feet, order takeout.

Dogs are naked said...

If you can bring your naked dog to a restaurant, why do I have to wear clothes?

Anonymous said...

I really don't want to see your dog licking its balls and ass while I'm trying to eat, I don't care how expensive or well trained your dog is... What's even funnier and more disgusting is that immediately after your dog licks its balls and ass you let it give you "kisses."

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