LETTER: Dogs on buses not a right: owner

Transit users shouldn't be subjected to another person's choice of dog ownership

Re: Barking back at transit (News, Sept. 10)

This letter originally appeared on the Saanich News Facebook page.

I am a regular transit commuter and dog owner.

If you allow a fluffy little dog on the bus, you also have to allow my 120-pound Bullmastiff.

She takes up as much space as another rider. Why not allow my cat, too, or a few parakeets? It’s a slippery slope.

With many routes already heavily used and experiencing packed buses, it seems a tad ridiculous to start including animals as well.

Pet owners made a choice to include animals in our lives. Part of that choice involved understanding that there may be expenses (like gas for the car to take them places).

Some people don’t like dogs or may not want dog hair on their business attire; perhaps they are even allergic.

Allowing dogs or any other animals are not their choice. Even as a dog owner, I have no right to force my choices on others anymore than their choice of perfume should be forced on me.

Sorry, but it’s not about you and your dog: it’s about the bigger picture.

John Phillips

Saanich