Dogs Are Taking Over America— Enough!

It's time to get Fido out of the workplace, says Farhad Manjoo

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted May 9, 2013 11:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Farhad Manjoo is not a dog person, apparently. The usually-tech-focused columnist writes on Slate that pet pooches are now running amok in previously human-only areas of society—and we're just expected to find it adorable. "Sometime in the last decade, dogs achieved dominion over urban America," he says. "They are everywhere now, allowed in places that used to belong exclusively to humans, and sometimes only to human adults: the office, restaurants, museums, buses, trains, malls, supermarkets, barber shops, banks, post offices."

And if you object to a slobbering little beast pawing around your office? You're the jerk. "After all, what kind of monster would have a problem with a poor innocent widdle doggie?" You wouldn't allow your toddler to run freely around your workplace, licking your colleagues' legs, he says, so it's time to draw the line for over-indulgent dog owners. "The next time your young, happy co-worker brings in his dog for the day, tell him the office is not a canine playpen," Manjoo writes. "It’s time to take that dog home." Click for Manjoo's full column.

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