These mountain towns have a large population of single men and women and a dog offers them the opportunity to get that emotional reward we all crave in between leaving our parents home and finding a human companion to share our lives with . ( Okay dogs also are good for meeting that future human companion ).
Dogs also have been proven to provide a calming effect on the human brain . They are used as therapy animal in hospitals, old folk homes and prisons where inmates given the responsibility for a dog ( or any animal) are less prone to violence and are better prepared for life in the real world .
So given the importance and benefits of canines in our lives. Why don't we allow dogs in our drinking establishments ?
Not all Dogs of course, Dogs are only as good as their owner . Reasonable and Prudent should be the rule. A dog named Fang , Killer , Satan, etc should probably stay outside in the pick up, But I've met a pit bull named Kitty I'd be happy to share a beer with.
I would think a well behaved dog would reduce violence, drunken excess and other sorts of crime in bars. It would also re-enforce the sense of community in a bar and its customers .It offers the chance for people to communicate and share stories. The mental health of the patrons as a whole are raised when a well behaved dog enters a bar.
I understand that for health reasons dogs and other animals are not allowed in places where food is generally served and consumed regularly.
But in a bar such as the Crystal or the Mint where the snacks have a half life of 30 yrs and the stomachs of the patrons are sterilized by alcohol .
let Fido roam