Dogs are loyal companions, guardians, and even members of your family. However, many Seattle dog owners use them as a replacement to children and life partners.
Seattle has become a haven for dogs. They are allowed on busses, hotels, grocery stores, office buildings, bookstores, and even restaurants. I am not talking about just service animals. Dogs from small to large have really gotten the run of the place. I have never lived in a city that catered so much to our four legged friends. It is good to have a healthy respect for canines but they are not human beings. Seattle dog owners seem to have forgotten that fact.
You can find doggie “drop in” day care, dog spas and bakeries that specialize in treats for your dog. Dog walking is a job you can actually pay your bills with in this city and not just a way for children to make some pocket money. Opening any sort of business catering to canines is sure to flourish as owners cannot spend enough money on their animals.
There are more off-leash dog parks then there are places for children to play in Seattle. Even at the playgrounds designed for children dog owners let their pets have free reign. I have seen a toddler knocked down by a running dog and the owner thought nothing of it. Sometimes aggressive dogs appear with owners in tow and run off the children due to fearful parents. The playground is an area for kids they should not have animals thrust upon them. Children need to exercise too.
Many dog owners will let their animals urinate right on an entrance to a building. I have witnessed this many times on neighborhood walks. They worship their dog so much that often when it defecates they leave it as it fell as a monument to the dogs greatness. Especially if they think no one is looking. In Seattle you really do have to look down at the ground quite often so as not to obtain a special scented shoe present.
The amount of money dog owners spend on their pets in Seattle really is a sin. Recently, a lady stayed at the hotel where I work with her dog. She lives in a multi-million dollar mansion in Seattle but has no air conditioning in her home. The weather became quite hot and her specially bred dog cannot handle the heat. She opted to spend nearly three hundred dollars a night for a two week stay. In addition, she ordered twenty dollar room service meals for her pooch a couple of times a day. The hotel room alone for two weeks was over four thousand dollars. Couldn’t that money be better served to help others in this horrible economical crisis even after buying a new air conditioning unit.
School are at an all time worst and children are the future of our society since we can’t live forever. We should make a dog our next president since we refuse to spend the money to educate a child that could be the next doctor who performs our life saving surgery. A dog will never give you grandchildren to come visit. A dog will never take care of you in your old age. A dog is not a child.
As a person who works in the food service industry I am offended by animals being allowed in restaurants. It is completely unsanitary and not acceptable by the Washington State Health Board. Due to guest pressure many places will allow it if they aren’t expecting a call from an inspector. Dog hair can fly around and get in food. Save the table side dining with your dog at home.
My opinion does not stretch to service animals. I truly believe they should be able to go where their owners may need them. Regular house pets have no business in places where you would not take a cat, bird, snake, guinea pig, or a rabbit.