Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Trip to Carmel, Dog Friendly Town -2

Shortly after we started to keep Xue Er, Snowy, my wife and I started to realize that even American society is not really friendly to pets or animals.  There are people elsewhere to chase out cats trying to take a nap in their back yard.  In West Bay of San Francisco, you cannot take dogs into parks, especially where there are kids amusement equipment.

Most of hotels do not allow to bring pets in to stay, it goes without saying that majority restaurants even with Patio Dining area do not like people to keep dogs close to their eating area.  Food shops do not allow people to take pets in.  Even no-food related shops do not like customers to bring pets.  My wife and I one time took Xue Er to Home Depot.  We knew that they did not mind customers to bring dogs in.  Surprisingly, not staff, but one of the customers lining in the cashier complained about we bringing in our dog.  Instead cashier of the Home Depot was very friendly and kind to our white one.

I believe this is not society acceptance issue.  Instead this is people's presumption problem.  People who has no experience with pets always have presumption that pets are dirty, smelly, dangerous because they bite... etc, etc...

What is great about America is the fact that whereas there are people who oppose to you, you can always find people who are in your side.  That is the spiritual base for building and forming "Dog Friendly Town" or "Dog Friendly Environment".  And the Carmel by the sea beach is the one which is in top 5 dog friendly places.

Take CA-1 South from San Francisco for about two and half hours, exit at "Ocean Avenue" in Carmel, you drive down to the beach along Ocean Avenue.  As I mentioned in my previous post, it looks like dogs heaven.  Most of them are unleashed and running around.  Before we checked in our hotel, we spent 2 hours playing with our White Cutie.

All those stylish small shops of fashions, clothes, arts, decorations, etc... have already obtained my wife's attention, we decided to check in our hotel next and drive back to the center of the town.

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shaw .. I've just written a comment and it's got swallowed = not impressed!

I love dogs and cats - but where they have spaces to run around etc. Here we have dog messes all over the pavements, because the owners don't clean them up. Then cats will do theirs in someone-else's garden. We had cat flea beetles here.

Just glad you're enjoying Snowy and the beach with her ..
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Shaw said...

Dear Hilary,

I know what you mean. Though I love animals, we needed to build low fence in our outer front garden facing to side walk due to continuous dog dropping on our grass. But, worse is the human beings. There were people who were having outdoor party in front of our home, due to the fact that this house was in foreclosure for about half a year. I see just a dog walking around without owner attending their walk.

People do harm to others and animals. So bad.

Again, thank you for your comment.

Shaw Funami
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