Bow-wow: Metro Atlanta businesses going to the dogs

Clean up on Aisle 3.

If you think you’re seeing more dogs these days at your favorite hardware store or eatery, you’re not imaging things.

Metro businesses of all stripes, from Home Depot to Macy’s to your favorite al fresco haunt on the Marietta Square or along the Beltline, are allowing dogs on their premises to lure customers who don’t want to leave Fido at home.

April 4, 2016 Atlanta: Cami, an old English sheep dog, sits beside owner Dave Higgins on the patio of Nancy G's Cafe where dogs have been welcome for the last eight years and there is even a dog menu. Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com

April 4, 2016 Atlanta: Cami, an old English sheep dog, sits beside owner Dave Higgins on the patio of Nancy G’s Cafe where dogs have been welcome for the last eight years and there is even a dog menu. Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com

Not everyone is embracing the open-door policy and think businesses are barking up the wrong money tree.

“I think it is absolutely disgusting to bring animals into restaurants,” a poster called BonnieAkridge wrote in response to an ajc.com story on dog-friendly Atlanta restaurants. “They are dirty, their fur hides bugs that can easily jump onto you, some may even have diseases their owners don’t know about and all this is around people eating food.”

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32 comments
Allen James
Allen James

First one that grawls at me or my family in a public place will be euthanized on the spot. If it's not a registered service dog it don't belong in a restaurant or even at a dinner table

Marinel Wood
Marinel Wood

I don't like this! Dogs don't belong in stores. People can shop without their pets.

David Gruneisen
David Gruneisen

Who doesn't want to see a dog's anus while dining at a nice restaurant?

Rosemary Harwood
Rosemary Harwood

Very cosmopolitan....if you are allergic, don't sit close to them. I am allergic to some people and I STILL have to sit next to them.

Gwen Wilson
Gwen Wilson

I LOVE animals but there is a place for them and it is NOT in all public places especially NOT restaurants.

David A Dawson
David A Dawson

Isn't capitalism wonderful? Either this will make them money, or it will lose them money, but it should be the restaurants decision to allow this or not.

Rock Kimberly
Rock Kimberly

I love my little doggies but I don't want to be eating inside a restaurant with them. Keep your behind home and respect other people that are allergic or don't care for pets. I put my pets away when some family member come to my home because some are scared of dogs and others are allergic to pets.

She Tay
She Tay

Oh, so dogs are people too, now! Love them, but pass at eating with them.

Mark Rollins
Mark Rollins

Can't wait to take my pit to Golden Corral

Christopher Estep
Christopher Estep

Most people don't look after their kids when they're out in public, what are they going to do with a dog?

Grazziano Schio
Grazziano Schio

I love the idea for well behave pets!! I got to say my German shepherd is a lot smarter then a lot kids I see in public places.

Pam Scoggins
Pam Scoggins

whats wrong with pet owners???? can you not even go out to eat without dragging your pet with you, I sure dont want to be eating anywhere that allows dogs, so that will be easy for me, give my business to others.

Holly Mueller
Holly Mueller

Dogs in restaurants was the norm when I was in Germany years ago. Dogs...children...I have no problem with either one as long as the owner/parents make them behave.

Jack Beavers
Jack Beavers

My daughters are extremely allergic to dogs. Since no one wants to have respect for other people then I am going to start smoking inside restaurants, inside businesses and every where that it will offend people. Plus I do not want to eat where stinky nasty dogs are. They smell, have fleas and sheds.

Nay Hearn
Nay Hearn

Please do not have that attitude with a working service animal. Their right to be there trumps your allergy by law.

Rock Kimberly
Rock Kimberly

Ok I'm tickled at you will start smoking inside the restaurants\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Eve Diallo
Eve Diallo

As long as their owners don't allow the pets to eat off of the restaurant plates, I'm okay with it.

April Rice-Smith
April Rice-Smith

I must agree because, I'm allergic. These same dog lovers would complain profusely about cigarette smoke but, have no consideration for those of us that could literally die from an allergic reaction to their dogs.

Grazziano Schio
Grazziano Schio

I would hate to eat in same place that nasty person like you eat.

Parker Evans
Parker Evans

Do you allergic folks think us dog people are going to let our dogs climb all over you? Their dander isn't going to get on you from brief exposure.

Nelson Morgan-Martinez
Nelson Morgan-Martinez

Don't come to Palm Beach Fl.we even take our dogs to Publix. And Neiman Marcus too!!

Kaylin Coates
Kaylin Coates

Food and animals don't mix ....at least not for me! But it's like anything else if it's not for you simply don't go and don't make a big deal out of it.

Al Effendi
Al Effendi

The more dogs there are, the greater the city is.

Kathy Corder
Kathy Corder

If the restaurant has an outdoor space it should be fine! I had my dog at several restaurants in Woodstock