My reply is a little different. One of my best friend's has a service dog that detects seizures. Lu is almost invisable in public, unlike most dogs. She has been taught to not be a distraction. She is much less of a distraction at work than ring tones and perfumes and MyFolsom but provides a valuable service.
All this said, I'm a dog person. My last job was dog-friendly and a few of us brought our dogs into the office. Yes, they were distracting sometimes but they also provided a mental break, lots of smiles, and definitely increased morale. It worked in our small business though it wouldn't work everywhere. I think we all could do a little more work towards looking at things on a case-by-case basis and weighing things in the big picture instead of just categorically declaring "yay" or "nay" all the time.
Ps - I really don't think we should be judging anyone based on the number of posts they've made (and not just because I have a ton of them). The purpose of John's site is for people to post and interact with each other.
Can't we all just get along? (RIP Rodney cuz you sure didn't rest here while living!)
I love your post, but I would like t point out that allergies are not the only reason some people do not want a dog at work; because of health reasons.
One is asthma. Severe asthma sufferers can not have dogs. They cant even have gold fish. Too much stuff in the air. They can't have carpet. They can't have fans in the house.
I have heard of cases where people have challenged ADA rules on the grounds of disability hiring rights versus health challenges of current employess. The current employee wins out. Because the employer is obligated to give reasonable accomodations to the person already under contract; they must look for another job candidate.
The other issue is psychiatric. There are some people out there who are truly afraid of dogs.
On a personal level; I love dogs but I do get allergies from them in enclosed spaces. I prefer to not go to work and start sneezong uncontrollably and slobber great balls of slime all over myself. Usually I can handle it with allergy pills; but I am sort of a naturalist. I prefer to not take medication just to deal with someone elses pet.
Other pet peeves of mine is people taking their lap dogs into the grocery store. They are not service dogs. They are not tagged. I find it highly offensive.
And I like dogs. I like petting dogs. I like loving dogs. I liked owning a dog .
But i just do not understand people who insist that their dog come with them to the store, then use the excuse that it is too cold/hot to stay in the car. Thenjjust keep the dog at Home! Something I found really offensive was a job where my boss brought his dog in to work on a daily basis. That effing dog liked me and made me trip while I worked (in a hazardous place with machiney and stuff) and the dog would behave poorly, sniff inapprpriately, jump up on you, and lay on your feet.
And you know--I didn't like it. I didn't like it at all. And that certainly wasn't disclosed during the hiring process.
So I understand people not wanting dogs around them at work.
Yeah, I love dogs. Yeah I have owned many over the years.
But I don't like someone elses dog being thrust into my presence. It is a distraction.
On a sidenote: I have worked in a hospital where patients had companion or service dogs and was very impressed with how much they add value to a person's life (well, duh--they have always made me happy!)