We recently came across a restaurant called The Dog House. This was a place where people could eat, choosing their lunchtime or evening meal from extensive food and wine menu’s. Nothing strange there then, except that this was a restaurant that welcomed dog owners with their dogs. Following our wonderful experience at The Dog House we began to notice that more and more eating houses, restaurants and bars were becoming friendlier: tolerant of dogs. One reason is of course obvious: profit. I can remember from years ago café’s and bars in French cities being rather dog friendly, but this was a whole new experience. Non dog owners choosing quite deliberately to mingle eat and drink in the same space as those who have dogs. Having recently taken our dog on holiday our choices of where to eat were limited. We couldn’t simply take Alfie into a hotel bar or McDonalds. Still as we sat outside a restaurant where they welcomed dogs, even to the point where they provide a bowl of water under the table, two men and a woman made their views audibly clear that they did not approve. However, that said, there were far more people stopping to pass complimentary remarks about Alfie: smiling and stroking him. It’s understood that any animal is kept under close and strict supervision in such environments, though we found that Alfie simply became bored rather quickly and merely curled up under the table. We hardly knew he was there. Dogs are used for ‘petting’ therapy in hospitals, supposedly one of the most clinically hygienic places one could find, yet even here dogs have a place amongst people. Sometimes an old saying can have relevance which in this instance has to be that all dogs are good; it’s just that some owners make some dogs bad. Of course, not everyone likes dogs, but maybe, if we had further outlets like The Dog House we would all get a better understanding of each other.