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Post by News Tribune Staff on Jan. 24, 2007 at 3:15 pm | No Comments »
January 24, 2007 3:15 pm

Here’s a story that interests me on three fronts: restaurants, bars and dogs. The Associated Press reports from Olympia:


If dog-loving lawmakers prevail, Fido could soon be sidling up to bar stools around Washington state under a measure that would allow well-behaved, leashed canines to join their human companions as they down their favorite microbrews.


The measure was introduced by Sen. Ken Jacobsen, D-Seattle, who got the idea at the Fish Tale Brewpub, formerly known as the Fish Bowl, a downtown Olympia staple where he’s a regular.


“I was sitting at the Fish Bowl looking at all the dogs outside sitting in the cold and the rain, while all the owners were warm inside,” said Jacobsen, who doesn’t own a dog.


“There’s all sorts of places you can bring animals now. You can take dogs into hotels. My God, some people are carrying dogs in their purses. Why can’t we have them in the bars?” Jacobsen said.


Here’s the whole story.


Here’s a dog story out of my notebook:


Baron Manfred Von Vierthaler Restaurant in Bonney Lake has a house dog, a German shepard. One night a few months back I was the last customer out of the restaurant. Actually, I was in the restroom when they locked the doors and let the shepard down from the owners’ quarters upstairs. The dog headed straight to the kitchen. One of the owners was startled to see me see the dog. The dog looked well-fed and happy.


Here’s some info from the fall 2005 edition of City Dog Magazine, which featured pooch-friendly pubs in Seattle:


The Beveridge Place, West Seattle: leashed dogs welcomed.


Blue Moon Tavern, U District: leashed dogs welcomed.


Boxcar Alehouse, Magnolia: well-behaved dogs welcomed.


Comet Tavern, Capital Hill: leashed, well-behaved dogs welcomed.


Nine Pound Hammer, Georgetown: well-behaved dogs welcomed.


Norm’s Eatery & Alehouse, Fremont: leashed, well-behaved dogs welcomed.


White Horse Trading Company, Post Alley: well-behaved dogs welcomed.


Stumbling Monk, Capital Hill: leashed, well-behaved dogs that pass the barkeeper’s “interview” welcomed.


Sully’s Snowgoose Saloon, Phinny Ridge: lap dogs only.



And, finally, here’s the best sentence ever written involving bar dogs, written by the Montana master James Crumley (“The Last Good Kiss“), whom I profiled a while back:


When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon.


UPDATED 1/25

Don’t expect to take your pooch into Primo Grill or any place else in Tacoma.


"I’m not sure if the Legislature passed a law that violated code that it would play out," said Vic Harris, deputy director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. "There are some slight problems because both the Washington state and federal food codes prohibit dogs in food establishments."


Certified service animals "have always been exemptions," Harris said.

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