I've just sniffed the spring issue of City Dog Magazine. Remember that doggone wacky proposal by a state senator from Seattle to allow pooches in pubs? The magazine quotes Dr. Stephen Hines, professor of veterinary medicine at Washington State University, about the objection by some people that dogs are dirty and pose health risks to human patrons:
"I don't believe there is any documented health hazard, at least one with any significant prevalence," Hines said.
He'd be challenged to name significant diseases that people contract from well-cared-for dogs, the magazine said.
"The reality is that small children are much more of a risk to people," Hines said. "Children are much more likely to carry, shed and transmit diseases."
OK. So stay away from children. Check.
And be careful with whom you swap spit at closing time.
"As you surely know," Hines said, "a kiss from another person is much more likely to transmit disease than a kiss from a dog -- despite the known indiscriminate behavior of some dogs."