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Dining out with your dog is do-able, says new CA legislation

In a somewhat surprising bit of local news, California legislators have finally made it legal for dogs to accompany their owners at restaurants, so long as the eating area is outdoors. Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill officially allowing restaurants with separate entrances to welcome dogs in their outdoor dining areas. My first response was 'Wait... it was illegal?' so perhaps this is somewhat overdue- a classic case of common law belatedly following common sense.

It doesn't force restaurants to allow dogs, but rather implements guidelines for how best to accommodate pets. Legally, dogs must still be kept on a leash or in a carrier while their handlers sit down to eat, and all... messes... are the owner's problem rather than the service staff. It's not a universal acceptance either- businesses are free to make their own decisions as to the viability of implementing pet friendly areas. The legislation doesn't list any changes regarding treatment of service animals, and goes into effect on January 1, 2015.

Why am I making a note that it's okay to bring your pet to lunch in an Asian restaurant column? Because the jokes write themselves.