How much is that doggie in the window? How much trouble, really, is that doggie in the salon?
Local salon owners and operators, including Cris Baker and Giovanni Bendetta, want the state to back down on its rule against dogs in beauty salons. The state has already made an exception for a bassett hound in a barber shop elsewhere in the state and is reviewing its rules to see what other exceptions might be made.
Bendetta and Baker admit their desire for dogs to keep customers company wouldn't work as well in a big salon with multiple chairs, but the great majority of the customers in their smaller shops seem to look forward to Sir Wendell and Rockin' Eve being sociable while the highlights take hold.
And we ask, what's the harm?
Sanitary concerns, says the state.
And we reply, there's no problem with therapy dogs in hospitals, which are by nature one great big health concern -- they're full of sick people, fer dang sake -- so what's the big deal about pooches and permanents?
Who lets the dogs in? The state oughta.