SF: are we dog friendly or not?

One of the reasons I love San Francisco so much is because it is so dog-gone friendly. I am a huge fan of dogs, they have been apart of my family my whole life. I take my chihuahua Funston with me everywhere I can, and when I can’t, I conveniently pop him into a bag.

Funston is hangin out while we are in line for iPhones!

I first discovered that I could take dogs into some bars in SF when I visited one of my favorite establishments, Bender’s Bar & Grill on S Van Ness. A large mastiff Sweet Pea frequents the joint along with other regulars. I took Funston there to meet up with Ridley and they happily hung out as we downed our beer.


Funston and Ridley join us at Bender's Bar & Grill

Unfortunately some not so well behaved dogs and their even more misbehaved humans can ruin it for everyone. Just the other day I went to Four Barrel Coffee and noticed this sign:

Four Barrel Coffee

I spoke to barista Jeremy about the sign and he explained that a couple of people complained to the health department and now he can’t even bring his own very well behaved dog in. He lost one of those intrinsic job perks that keeps him motivated.

The Mission is a very walkable part of San Francisco and you see people with their pooches out all the time. Eric and Mark and doggie Karl came by Four Barrel expecting to go right in, but stopped when they saw the new sign. Eric had to wait outside while Mark got them coffee and Karl was left confused.

It seems pretty overboard to complain about people bringing their dogs into grab some coffee. The floor at Four Barrel is cement and the coffee and the donuts being served can’t be accessed by dogs. The only explanations I can think of are that some people are allergic and/or a dog got up in the face of a non-dog friendly patron.

Mark, Karl the dog, Eric

I’m not sure how to resolve this to everyone’s satisfaction. Clearly there are the dog lovers, and the not so much. So we don’t continue with the negative trend, I ask San Francisco dog owners to please keep your dog in check if you are going to take them into food establishments so the rest of us can enjoy this privilege. And for those of you that aren’t so dog friendly, have a heart. Nobody wants to see a sad dog!

Boxer outside Four Barrel

My hope is that we can try and be the friendliest dog city in the world and add more signs like this one at Sidewalk Juice:

3 Comments so far

  1. dannebrog on January 20th, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

    you know what else would help this city be more pet friendly? if landlords would institute more reasonable pet ownership clauses rather than blanket bans. it is incredibly difficult to find pet-friendly apartments in the city.

  2. Tara Tiger Brown (tarabrown) on January 20th, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

    @dannebrog I totally hear you. I am in the process of looking for a new apartment and with a dog AND a cat it is next to impossible. The ones that do allow pets typically charge you an extra security deposit and you practically need a resume for each pet.

    What I have found is that with a little dog, if an apartment allows cats, then I can plead my case for allowing Funston especially when I tell the landlord he isn’t yappy and I take him to work every day.

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