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20 September 2007 @ 05:08 pm
I don't hate dogs...  
... they are too stupid to deserve hate. I do sometimes hate their owners. I understand that people like their dogs, and this sense of "companionship" makes dog owners comfortable and happy. At many software companies, it's a common perk to let dog-owners occasionally bring their hideous beasts to work. I can accept that with a semblance of grace, even if they trigger my allergies.

This is the first job I've had with people that regularly forget the common-sense rules of bringing your dog to a public place - rules that are explicitly spelled out for them when they file the paperwork to bring in their dog.
Keep your dog out of the kitchens.
Don't let your dog jump on people.
Keep your dog on a leash when it's in a public place (e.g. hallways outside your office).

Yes, I have talked to a few specific owners about this - I'm trying not to fall back into my earlier habit of whining on LJ INSTEAD of dealing with an issue directly - but the bad behavior seems to be endemic to many dog-owners in this building, not just a couple "bad eggs".

My reaction to dogs has become much more severe since I started this job. After a few bad incidents with unruly dogs in elevators, I routinely avoid entering elevators that already have dogs - I'd rather walk a half-dozen flights of stairs.

It sometimes seems like these problematic dog owners have a blind spot - they assume that everybody derives enjoyment out of their beast's antics. They assume that this "joy of dog" overrides any pedantic rules that our troublesome to impose or that make their dog unhappy.
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The Mouse: Goddesselscoobysnacko on September 21st, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
I like dogs but I probably would never bring my dog to work, even if I could bring them to work. Unless of course there wouldn't be anyone else who could be home or could check in on my dog while I was at work. Or I had a busy schedual n the dog had a vet appointment after work n there wouldn't be enough time to go home n pick it up. These people seem to be the kind that would carry their dog around in thier purses or put em into outfits. Those people drive me up the wall.
Janetpookagirl on September 21st, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
I think sometimes people get the same way about their kids. (Toby, who is adorable, not included, of course.) :)

Although perhaps I'm still feeling a little overwhelmed from the 15 kids of various ages that were at my mom's birthday party... ;p
The Mouseelscoobysnacko on September 21st, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
You're not the only one who's seen that sort of thing with other kid's parents.
Kynatrilliumgrl on September 21st, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
Talk to HR. Make sure you mention the allergies. Frankly, if it's making you worse, long term it could be an L&I issue. At the very least, they can go remind everyone, with more punch than you can muster.
c_jyd: Featherc_jyd on September 21st, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
I agree - talk to HR.
No big secret that I am a dog person, but part of dog ownership is responsibility, which these people aren't taking.