If you’re like me, every once in a while, you see an adorable-looking dog and just say to yourself, “Oh dogs, gotta love ‘em.” And, if you’re like me and live in Los Angeles, you occasionally follow that by saying to yourself, “What the…?! Can that adorable-looking dog really be standing in the middle of this [department store/market/restaurant]?” Singer/reality star/(alleged) plastic surgery cautionary tale Aubrey O’Day recently brought that question to the front of many people’s minds, with her decision to allow her dogs to sit on the tables at local brunch spot Toast reportedly triggering a city Health Department investigation.
Don’t get me wrong, I am an avid animal lover. I even wanted to be a vet in high school, when I was trying to “find” myself. But anytime I see a starlet with a pink-clad Chihuahua (or three) sticking out of her purse, I can’t help but ask how pets have managed to become people’s latest accessory, going almost everywhere with their owners (if the word “owner” makes you cringe, I apologize in advance, but that’s a legal term and not intended to hurt the feelings of any animals reading this blog). And aside from people’s disapproving glares, are there any limits to where your favorite celebrities (and you) can bring their pets?