I live near downtown Seattle, and I take the bus pretty much everywhere. Just about every time I am on the bus someone gets on with their dog. I don’t know if this happens a lot in other states, but I’ve been noticing lately that more and more people are riding public transportation with pets. I’m not talking about the people that use seeing eye dogs or other people that use animals for their physical disabilities. I have no problem with these people and their dogs, because they are trained and will not bark or bite at any given moment.
The ones I am talking about are the people that get on daily with their dogs and take up two seats on the bus or places their dog on the dirty ass floors underneath the seats. I’m sure their dog does not want to get on a stinky filthy bus with random strangers, or have to lie on the floor of the bus. Doesn’t sound like a good time to me. The last thing I want to do after a long day of work is stand because a dog is taking up an extra seat on the bus , or hear one barking on my ride home. I also don't want to be on a plane with one either.
I'm sorry but if people don't have car and can't afford to take their pet to the vet's office, then in my personal opinion I don't think you should own a pet. I suspect that most of these people that have their dogs on the bus (not in carriers mind you) are not taking their pets solely to get to vet appointments, but are taking Spot with them as they go run their daily errands. I saw this guy just the other day with groceries in one hand, and his bulldog on a leash in the other. I'm sure the bulldog would have rather walked instead of getting on the crowded bus with it's owner.
When I took a trip to Turkey a couple of years back I was on a rather smaller plane heading to the capitol from Milan, Italy and the woman sitting across from me had her dog in a carrier underneath her seat. I had read some guidelines that says if your pet is small enough that you can put your animal in it's carrier under your own seat, but I think it's horrible.
It's just another kind of public transportation where pets should not be allowed. I believe she had a Pomeranian and this thing just yapped and yapped the entire flight. I wasn't the only one annoyed on this 6am flight, and of course the damn thing finally shut up once it was time to descend into Turkey. "Thanks a lot lady!" I thought as we landed. There should be no rule that allows any pet on a plane where there are people aboard. How do you feel about pets on public transportation, and do you live in a area where you see this often?