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Dogs in the kitchen: Please protect me!!!

by Therese on June 11, 2008

in Dogs

People are becoming paranoid over really stupid things, and as a result, lawmakers pass laws “for the good of the people.” Today I read about a new law in the UK that bans dogs from bed and breakfast kitchens. Dogs in the kitchen, it seems, pose a health risk. Now, sure if you run a kennel in your kitchen I can see that there might be a problem. But a family dog? Give me a break!

Owners of bed and breakfasts have been banned from keeping dogs in their kitchens under a European Union ruling that could see hundreds of family-run businesses close.

Officials claim that the animals pose a potential health and safety hazard to guests’ food.

However, bed and breakfast owners vowed to close rather than turn out the family pet.

Oliver Letwin, the former shadow home secretary, called the legislation “barking mad”.

Tish Bowditch, 51, and her husband, Robert, diversified into the bed and breakfast business five years ago after their children moved out of the farmhouse that they have owned for 30 years.

Their labrador, Maisie, is routinely fussed over by guests at their home, Parnham Farm, near Bridport in Dorset.

Mrs Bowditch, who has three rooms, said that she would probably close if forced to displace the dog.


The ruling emerged after one owner in Dorset had to give assurances to his local authority that his dog would not be in the kitchen at breakfast time.

David Weston, the chairman of the British Bed and Breakfast Association, said that he had never come across a case of food poisoning linked to the family dog in any of his 10,000 members.

Here’s the rest.

We all hear about foods making people sick, but when’s the last time you heard about somebody getting sick because a dog was standing in a kitchen while they cooked breakfast?

These days, given the choice between a dog in my kitchen or a tomato, I’ll pick the dog hands down!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt June 12, 2008 at 10:39 am

I don’t know of a single dog that tainted people food….however, I do know of people who tainted dog food…..


jan June 12, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I think most lawmakers need to get more in touch with the real world.


Robert Davis June 13, 2008 at 9:46 am

Amen Matt and Jan…..

and I agree – keep the dogs and not the tomatos!

What a stupid law.


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