Getty ImagesJudging by yesterday's beautiful, sunny day, spring is right around the corner. And that means lots more opportunities for leisurely walks and outdoor adventures with our little furry friends.
For some of us, that means heading to the dog park. For others, it means trips to the local trails. For people like me, it means lots of jaunts past our local coffee shops, wine bars and bistros.
These sidewalk adventures are an awesome way to spend a day with the dogs - not to mention, the people watching is great. And if I happen to get hungry, or the pups get thirsty, there are plenty of patios for us to perch on. Complete with dog bowls for the puppies to drink from.
I think it's fabulous that restaurants are willing to offer up their outdoor spaces for furry patrons. And I love that I can share a sunny day - and maybe even enjoy lunch - with my dogs.
The trend of catering to canines isn't exactly a new one. You can find lots of dog-friendly establishments offering up outdoor areas in any number of cities. But it seems that some restaurants may be taking it to the next level - by opening up more than just their patios to our four-legged friends.
Now, as much as I enjoy spending a nice day on the patio with Ike and Gunner, this is one fad I'm on the fence about. To me, there's a difference between sitting on the sidewalk, and literally setting a place for your pooch at the dinner table - especially in a public restaurant. Then again, I guess catering to the canine crowd certainly isn't the craziest pet trend I've seen over the last few years (this probably takes the cake in that arena).
Besides, I have to admit that I know a dog or two with better manners than most diners. And at least you'll never have to worry that they'll send back a meal.
What do you think? Would you bring your dog to dinner? Or are pets on patios already too much? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments below.