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I'm a dog owner and think its uncouth. 0 0%
I'm not a dog owner and think its uncouth. 5 23.81%
I'm a dog owner and think its green, why waste food. 0 0%
I'm not a dog owner and think its green, why waste food. 8 38.10%
Arent there starving children in Africa? Eat everything on your plate. 1 4.76%
I'm a restaurateur and i'd be outraged if you fed my beautiful food to your dog. 1 4.76%
A more important question is why are 95% of chickens in America kept in disgusting battery cages. 6 28.57%
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Old 01.09.2016, 16:32
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Uncouth or Green?

In order to solve some fairly pressing problems in all the important areas of my life I decided to do this by leaving them behind and going for a swim and having lunch at a restaurant.

I went to nice burger restaurant, no not mcds. While i was eating, I gave the larger chips and most of my hamburger bun to my dog on the floor.

the nice waitress had given her a bowl of water so it was a nice meal for her too.

i felt a bit uncouth though.. like i was doing something wrong.

Like feeding the dog restaurant food lowers the restaurant food to dog food or something..

What do you think?
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Old 01.09.2016, 16:41
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Re: Uncouth or Green?

The fact that the waitress had given a bowl of water to the dog suggests they are dog-friendly.

As for feeding him/her the bun, presumably it would have gone in the bin if the dog hadn't eaten it. If you'd just passed it down onto the floor to the dog, that wouldn't really have looked out of place. Taking the piss would have been having the dog sat opposite you on a chair and feeding it at the table.
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Re: Uncouth or Green?

The Muttley Crew expect to be served anytime we all dine out en famille.

I do bring their own place settings and cutlery, though.


When I order for the mutts I explain that to the server to pre-empt thoughts that I might be passing judgement on the cuisine. (This while hiking, when it is easier to order a small snack for the hungry mutts than cart heavy kibble around.)

My much-missed Haifisch's palate was far more sophisticated than mine. He was a welcomed guest at many of the finer fish restaurants along the Zürichsee.

As in all things, but most especially in Switzerland, discretion is key. With the dogs in tow I sit out on the terrace when possible, or if inside they stay (and eat) discretely under the table. Be sure to praise the meal, and tip well - for welcoming the dogs.
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Old 01.09.2016, 16:45
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Re: Uncouth or Green?

You feed your dog stuff that isn't Barf?

I'm a bit surprised.
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Old 01.09.2016, 16:52
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Re: Uncouth or Green?

If a mod likes they could add the option

'Its uncouth and green'

I did thank her,
sat on the terrace, right on the outside so not to get in the way and
tipped her.. I just used my calculator 17%. Hope that was enough.

She was being stretched, the place was packed which was surprising to me. I was thinking i might have discrete lunch in my scruffy swimming cycling clothes, no such luck.
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Old 01.09.2016, 16:58
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If a mod likes they could add the option

'Its uncouth and green'

I did thank her,
sat on the terrace, right on the outside so not to get in the way and
tipped her.. I just used my calculator 17%. Hope that was enough.

She was being stretched, the place was packed which was surprising to me. I was thinking i might have discrete lunch in my scruffy swimming cycling clothes, no such luck.
Why did you tip the waitress, 17% no less, in a country with no tipping culture, where the bill is usually just rounded up to the nearest chf?
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Old 01.09.2016, 17:15
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Re: Uncouth or Green?

A dog doesn't belong in a restaurant.
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Old 01.09.2016, 17:42
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Why did you tip the waitress, 17% no less, in a country with no tipping culture, where the bill is usually just rounded up to the nearest chf?
I tip when the dogs are in tow because I am happy to support a restaurant that still welcomes dogs. Because that gratis bowl of water - in my favorite places a gratis cervelat for the pooches even - didn't include the service charge the rest of the meal generated, so I am grateful that the server went out of her way for us.

Switzerland also has a 'well behaved dogs allowed in appropriate restaurants' culture. Or I should say, had. We are seeing more and more restaurants where our four footed friends, no matter how well behaved both they and we are, no longer allowed. Not just at posh gourmet restaurants, but also even at rustic mountain Gasthaüser.

Those who still do welcome the Mutts not only get my business, but a bit extra to underscore that dog-friendliness is good business.
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Old 01.09.2016, 17:44
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A dog doesn't belong in a restaurant.
Apart from in Yulin.
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Old 01.09.2016, 17:45
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Re: Uncouth or Green?

We just stayed in a hotel in the Netherlands that was dog friendly. Of course we paid extra for our dog. When we checked in, there was a water bowl, some treats and poop bags in our room. The staff was very nice too....we ate some of our meals in the lounge, and the staff brought lily a water bowl and wanted to give her a pet. And Lily, who is really mellow these days enjoyed the attention.

anyway, nothing wrong with giving your pup a snack if you're out with her/him.
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A dog doesn't belong in a restaurant.
In many instances, dogs are better guests than people


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Apart from in Yulin.
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Re: Uncouth or Green?

Poll option is missing:

"I'm not currently a dog owner, but love to watch dogs making their spots under and around the table, and quietly observing what they're missing out-on."

Sometimes I'm just tempted to give them some of mine.
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The Muttley Crew expect to be served anytime we all dine out en famille.

I do bring their own place settings and cutlery, though.


When I order for the mutts I explain that to the server to pre-empt thoughts that I might be passing judgement on the cuisine. (This while hiking, when it is easier to order a small snack for the hungry mutts than cart heavy kibble around.)

My much-missed Haifisch's palate was far more sophisticated than mine. He was a welcomed guest at many of the finer fish restaurants along the Zürichsee.

As in all things, but most especially in Switzerland, discretion is key. With the dogs in tow I sit out on the terrace when possible, or if inside they stay (and eat) discretely under the table. Be sure to praise the meal, and tip well - for welcoming the dogs.

Hilarious post re: your mutts getting resto meals à la DoG-
at the same time I don't want to leave you here without saying that I'm incredibly sorry to read that your Haifisch crossed the rainbow bridge
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Poll option is missing:

"I'm not currently a dog owner, but love to watch dogs making their spots under and around the table, and quietly observing what they're missing out-on."

Sometimes I'm just tempted to give them some of mine.
There is a word for that: Dognosis.
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There is a word for that: Dognosis.
Didn't really get that. Do you mean something like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT1gL7r1hH4
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Didn't really get that. Do you mean something like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT1gL7r1hH4
Around here Dognosis works the other way.

"Look into my eyes. My big brimming puppy eyes. Look into my eyes. You will give me that sandwich."

And then a strange compulsion to do just that comes over me...

Heffalump, whose lone brain cell hasn't mastered Dognosis, has a nonetheless formidable technique to achieve the same result: Drool. He just drowns ya into submission. Pavlov would have been proud of the boy.
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Re: Uncouth or Green?

I'm not a fan of dogs being indoors in restaurants, but I don't mind them on the terrace if they are well-behaved. Also nothing wrong with giving the dog a bowl of water and a snack.

If you give her a few bites, that's fine. If you dump your whole plate on the floor (presumably in a statement about the quality of said food), that's uncouth.

I think it's nice you tipped the server and that others also tip when the restaurant is nice to dogs. I don't have a dog but I also tip when I have good service. It's not needed in CH, but I think if more servers received tips when they did a good job, they would make more of an effort. Then there would be fewer complaints about the lousy service in CH.
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Old 01.09.2016, 18:11
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Didn't really get that. Do you mean something like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT1gL7r1hH4
Other way round, more like this:
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Around here Dognosis works the other way.

"Look into my eyes. My big brimming puppy eyes. Look into my eyes. You will give me that sandwich."

And then a strange compulsion to do just that comes over me...

Heffalump, whose lone brain cell hasn't mastered Dognosis, has a nonetheless formidable technique to achieve the same result: Drool. He just drowns ya into submission. Pavlov would have been proud of the boy.
Good thing Heffalump isn't a St. Bernard - they're supposedly the masters of drooling
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Poll option is missing:

"I'm not currently a dog owner, but love to watch dogs making their spots under and around the table, and quietly observing what they're missing out-on."

Sometimes I'm just tempted to give them some of mine.
Absolutely agree.

When I think of my favourite pubs in the UK, they mostly have a barrel of dog biscuits on the bar.

One of my friends, who is also a new mum, regularly goes to this wonderful cafe in Hebden Bridge that even has a menu for dogs Somebody should pick up on this idea and make a varient of it for Switzerland.

http://www.thelamppostcafe.co.uk/


One of my favourite places in Guildford, is The Weyside.

http://www.theweyside.co.uk/gallery

I used to love having Sunday dinner there in winter because it was somewhere people would go with all the family and dogs after a long walk. They have blankets for people and dogs, board games for big and little kids, food for the ducks and this for dogs...
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