Mutts Cantina, Dallas' New Dog Park/Cafe, Inspires Predictable Backlash With Breed Ban

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You can always tell when a dog owner has no kids. They always seems to have the spare time and disposable income to hang out at the dog park, buy organic kibble and artisan chew toys, and lounge with their pets on their favorite restaurant patio. These are the people who look exasperated parents in the eye, shake their head in commiseration, and say they know exactly what it's like.

This is the crowd that Mutts Cantina was dreamed up to appeal to. The Uptown eatery not only has food -- hard to be an eatery without that -- it also has a built-in dog park. Sure enough, canines and humans alike flocked there for the grand opening on Wednesday.

But the owners of Mutts Cantina seem to have slightly misread the childless, dog-loving demographic, since they put in place a rule that seemed specifically designed to piss them off:

The dog park does not allow the following breeds to enter: Chow, Presa Canario, Doberman, Malamute, husky, German shepherd, Rottweiler, pit bull or Shar Pei.

When the restaurant enforced the rule on Wednesday, barring entry to a woman who was accompanied by a prohibited breed -- CultureMap's Teresa Gubbins has the play-by-play -- the backlash was as immediate and predictable.

The angry comments have mostly been scrubbed from Mutt's Facebook page and replaced with a notice that now, only pit bulls are banned:

The Mutts team listened to our guests and made a change to the dog park rules. As before, no dog breeds are banned from Mutts. All dog breeds are allowed on the patio with a leash. Based on numerous business factors, liability included, we will only restrict pit bulls from being allowed off leash in the dog park. And of course, all service dogs are welcome at Mutts, with or without a leash.

Too little, too late it seems. "Unfortunately, I will not visit your business until all breeds are allowed everywhere in the dog park," one commenter writes. "Breed specific legislation--or in your case--breed specific business rules show your lack of dog knowledge and understanding of your target customer(s). There are no bad breeds, only bad owners."

And here's Yvonne Ybarra, who sparked the protest after posting the breed policy on her Facebook page:

I read the first sentence of this status and got so excited! I thought, we can help educate people! People actually do listen and learn! Then I kept reading. "We will only restrict pit bulls from being allowed off leash in the dog park." I'm shaking and tearing up. To me this is akin to saying, "People of all races are allowed to sit anywhere in our restaurant, with the exception of Latinos, who must use the drive-thru." Not even angry anymore. Just sad.

That's exactly what it's like.


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csunbean
csunbean

Words from a world reknown animal behaviorist and evolutionary biologistthat isn't a sell out to the wealthy dog fighters. The bad wiring can't be detected in the pitbulls first six months of life, -- or at any time until the pit bull has been cremated.There is no training that will counteract genetically determined behaviors. I've seen many pit bull puppies terrify adult dogs already at the age of eight weeks. Others have seemed fine until their sixth or seventh month, at which point they suddenly tried to kill a playmate they'd been fine with until then. And so on, including family pit bulls that suddenly killed a child or an adult owner at the age of five or eight years. SEE http://www.scribd.com/doc/14810086/Heritability-of-Behavior-in-the-Abnormally-Aggressive-Dog-by-A-Alexandra Semyonova

Several of the genes involved in this sudden, pathological aggression have been identified. The differences in brain structure and chemistry that they cause are clear (training doesn't fix deviant brain structures). The mechanism -- why the genes activate when they do -- hasn't been figured out yet.

Get a hold of this animal behaviorists book: The 100 Silliest Things People say about Dogs.

csunbean
csunbean

This is really stupid. Obviously the business must pay INSURANCE and the insurance companies will not cover them if they allow pitbulls, so pitbull nut jobs would rather spoil it for everyone then face reality. Three have been 18 dog fatalities this year.. A whopping 17 of them are from pitbulls. Pitbulls cause much higher claims for insurance companies because they do more damage to the human body and to pets. Facts are facts. If you want to be able to use this business, choose a safer breed. Incidentally A victims event is coming to Texas.. All those who care and want to support those who have lost loved ones,, pets, or been attacked themselves are welcome to come out and show the world that there still are people who believe in LOVE Thy Neighbor. That means supporting victims even if they are victims of the dog that has been promoted by wealthy dog fighters.

https://www.facebook.com/WalkforvictimsofpboddFree family activities, police security onsite, food, bounce tent for kids, speakers including FORMER pitbull owners that saw their dog attack unprovoked and as usual, the dog wouldnot let go. Come on out.. Candlelight vigil to memorialize victims at dusk, too. Meet other victims..

joseph
joseph

It is fact that the great majority of fatal dog attacks are from a few breeds. The power of a pit bull's jaws are much greater than other breeds. The pit bull breed is completely banned in France. Dog behavior is definitely to an extent influenced by the owner, but the owner of this establishment has no way of controlling bad owners. The restaurant owners are acting responsably. They re better off braving the opprobrium from unreasonable, angry dog owners than having a child mauled or killed by a pit bull or other dangerous breed.

joseph
joseph

It is fact that the great majority of fatal dog attacks are from a few breeds. The power of a pit bull's jaws are much greater than other breeds. The pit bull breed is completely banned in France. Dog behavior is definitely to an extent influenced by the owner, but the owner of this establishment has no way of controlling bad owners. The restaurant owners are acting responsably. They re better off braving the opprobrium from unreasonable, angry dog owners than having a child mauled or killed by a pit bull or other dangerous breed.

joseph
joseph

It is fact that the great majority of fatal dog attacks are from a few breeds. The power of a pit bull's jaws are much greater than other breeds. The pit bull breed is completely banned in France. Dog behavior is definitely to an extent influenced by the owner, but the owner of this establishment has no way of controlling bad owners. The restaurant owners are acting responsably. They re better off braving the opprobrium from unreasonable, angry dog owners than having a child mauled or killed by a pit bull or other dangerous breed.

joseph
joseph

It is fact that the great majority of fatal dog attacks are from a few breeds. The power of a pit bull's jaws are much greater than other breeds. The pit bull breed is completely banned in France. Dog behavior is definitely to an extent influenced by the owner, but the owner of this establishment has no way of controlling bad owners. The restaurant owners are acting responsably. They re better off braving the opprobrium from unreasonable, angry dog owners than having a child mauled or killed by a pit bull or other dangerous breed.

joseph
joseph

It is fact that the great majority of fatal dog attacks are from a few breeds. The power of a pit bull's jaws are much greater than other breeds. The pit bull breed is completely banned in France. Dog behavior is definitely to an extent influenced by the owner, but the owner of this establishment has no way of controlling bad owners. The restaurant owners are acting responsably. They re better off braving the opprobrium from unreasonable, angry dog owners than having a child mauled or killed by a pit bull or other dangerous breed.

Americano
Americano

Dogs behavior is based on the quality of the Dog owner.  That being said, if a Dog were to attack someone, it's better that they don't have the bite strength of a Great White Shark.  Their bar, their rules.  Unless you are talking about smoking, then the State gets to tell the Bar Owner what to do.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Lawyer on cross - Are dogs, by their nature, territorial and protective? "yes".  Thoughout time, since we crawled out of the slime, why has Man domesticated the dog? "protection, early warning, manage livestock, kill predators . . and companionship."

No doubt your dog is a fine person, but it's not - a person.  Why would you demand to bring a numbnut protector, who is shall we say diplomatically, dogmatic in their dog role . . . into an enclosed area of dense-packed stranger humans all making a lot of noise Chuckles does not understand?

To the jury: "Who is at fault if a dog bites somebody's kid in a restaurant that allows them in?"

the restaurant.

Jackpot Justice prevails, as it should.

Obummer
Obummer

Yo as long as Sandra Fluke be get’in her free birf controls pills what diff’ do it make?

maxgold20
maxgold20

I wouldn't go within a 100 metres of a business that allowed Pitbulls on the premises.  Not only is that a risk I am unwilling to take, have you ever met the people who are attracted to this breed.  Sociopaths, every last one of them.

b-wilke
b-wilke

Hey, it's their business.  No shoes, no shirt, no service.  All the indignation and analogies to racism are laughable.  This is a not a public facility.  No one has a "right" to be there. I got turned away from Cafe Pacific because I had shorts on.  Big deal.  

Do what makes it enjoyable and comfortable for the other 97%, not the 3% whiners.  Let them take their Pit Bulls elsewhere.  This will blow over.

Jim Davis
Jim Davis

Don`t like their rules go somewhere else.

AtoZ
AtoZ

I remain convinced that one of the greatest problems facing modern America is a complete lack of understanding by the average citizen of probability and statistics.  If weather models say there's a 90% chance of rain, that does not mean it DEFINITELY WILL rain.  But I'll be taking my umbrella.

Similarly, saying "men are taller than women" does not mean "every single man is taller than every single woman."  Obviously there will be exceptions.  But it means, in general, statistically speaking, men are taller.  Odds are, a randomly chosen man will be taller than a randomly chosen woman.  Not necessarily, but mathematically likely.  Saying "Asian Americans have higher IQs" does not mean every single Asian American has a higher IQ than every single non-Asian American.  It means statistics support the likelihood that a randomly selected Asian American will have a higher IQ than a randomly selected non-Asian American.

Statistics show that pit bulls are, on average, more dangerous (not only in frequency, but in severity of attack) than some other breeds.  This does not mean your particular, lovable, pet pit bull is necessarily more dangerous than my Lab.  It means that statistics support the conclusion that a randomly selected pit bull is more likely to case harm than a randomly selected Lab.  Liability insurance companies cannot reasonably ignore dog-bite statistics any more than a life insurance company can charge the a standard rate to someone who swings from a trapeze for a living. 

Get over it, pit bull owners.  You may indeed have a sweet, wonderful dog.  But the numbers on the scoreboard justify the rest of us asking you to please keep him at home.

shearjoy1
shearjoy1

Too bad Pitt owners. It's a business, they don't have to let your inbred maulers in. I'm sure the other 96% of the dog owners won't miss your thug like breed in the park one bit.

I know I wouldn't. The mutant frankenmaulers are a menace to society.

shearjoy1
shearjoy1

Only a complete and utter imbecile would equate a business not allowing Pitt bulls due to liability with racism.

shearjoy1
shearjoy1

Only a total imbecile would equate a place banning Pitt bulls due to liability with racism.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I think I'll open a delightful cat cantina.  I'll call it House of Meow.  There will be a milk bar, assorted fish treats, mice nips, catwalks, cat karaoke nights, paw readings, toilet paper unraveling contests, a caterwauling tournament, and cat fashion shows.  Big screen TVs will feature showings of Big Cat Diary, My Cat From Hell, Catwoman, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, and other shows of feline interest.

Susan Durham
Susan Durham

Yes, there is a difference between a Chinese pug and a Chinese person. Maybe not for you, but for the rest of us.

marcbrown142
marcbrown142

The pity-patties are less than 3% of the dog-owning population. They are less than 1% of the general population. Most of that pity-pattie <3% wouldn't spend on a cup of coffee anyway. So the 1% of that <3% that might've stopped by is no big deal to lose as customers. If Mutts Cantina allows pit bulls, they'll find that about 99% of our >97% that own normal dogs start to shun the place. Try to run a business based only on what the pity-patties spend, I wish you luck. 

yybarra21
yybarra21

"That's exactly what it's like." No, that's why I said "akin." I know racial discrimination and breed discrimination are not exactly the same; they are similar in some way (the definition of akin). 

At least do what every other news outlet has done and contact me to get a quote instead of trolling my personal Facebook page. Since you didn't bother, I'll let all your readers know that I told every reporter that contacted me that Mutts owners are free to run their business however they want. Just like I run my website however I want. I posted their restrictions on my company's Facebook page so that my readers (many of whom are pit bull owners) could have adequate information to make a decision on where to spend their money. I had to point this information out, because it was nowhere on Mutts website or Facebook page for people to know before they got there. I also pointed out that if insurance was the only issue in making their decision to restrict certain breeds in the dog park, that there were other insurance carriers who do not have those restrictive policies for dog business owners. But the owners seem fine with having the breed restrictions and that's their prerogative. However, as many other people have pointed out, we as dog owners also can make a decision on which businesses to support. That's all. I never called for anybody to boycott the place, I never asked anyone to post on their Facebook page and force them to change their policies; people did that on their own. I tried to make contact with Mutts owners and they have not responded to my requests for comment (not sure if you knew about that professional courtesy, but that's what many journalists do). I wanted to ask if they plan to get a water source in the parks because of the heat of the summer and not being able to quickly cool down an overheated dog, among other safety issues that I noticed during my visit. If you had bothered to contact me for comment instead of trying to insinuate that I don't know the difference between the words "akin" and "exactly," I would have told you that.

Yvonne Ybarra
Dallas Dog Life

Jim Davis
Jim Davis

Kris your face looks better now right?

Jim Davis
Jim Davis

Probably but with higher rates. If you don`t like it don`t freckin go there!!

Jim Davis
Jim Davis

Kris guess I will see you there.

Kyla Bussey
Kyla Bussey

well if you could count on people to use good sense & not bring an aggressive dog (of any breed) but alas.....& that's why stuff like this happens. I wouldn't go. Serving food around dogs who don't know each other is risky at best. A fry is going to hit the ground and BOOM.

csunbean
csunbean

@joseph

https://www.facebook.com/WalkforvictimsofpboddFree family activities, police security onsite, food, bounce tent for kids, speakers including FORMER pitbull owners that saw their dog attack unprovoked and as usual, the dog wouldnot let go. Come on out.. Candle light vigil to memorialize victims at dusk, too. Meet other victims..

joseph
joseph

sorry, my computer went crazy and posted this several timmes

csunbean
csunbean

@Americano Darla Napora the pitbull advocate said that too.. and she is DEAD..

Lulu
Lulu

Well said!

bell5858
bell5858

@AtoZ  Excellent post. And to the pit BULLYS: when you keep your pit bull at home, 1) neuter him  2) keep others away from him,  3) don't let him get loose so he can jump in my car to kill my dog, or rip the scalp off a passing child, or enter a neighbor's yard to kill their dog, either. 

csunbean
csunbean

@AtoZ

https://www.facebook.com/WalkforvictimsofpboddFree family activities, police security onsite, food, bounce tent for kids, speakers including FORMER pitbull owners that saw their dog attack unprovoked and as usual, the dog wouldnot let go. Come on out.. Candle light vigil to memorialize victims at dusk, too. Meet other victims..

csunbean
csunbean

@shearjoy1 

https://www.facebook.com/WalkforvictimsofpboddFree family activities, police security onsite, food, bounce tent for kids, speakers including FORMER pitbull owners that saw their dog attack unprovoked and as usual, the dog wouldnot let go. Come on out.. Candle light vigil to memorialize victims at dusk, too.  SHOW SUPPORT TO VICTIMS

marcbrown142
marcbrown142

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Watch out, cos the pit bullies will instantly demand you let them and their killer dogs into your cat haven. Otherwise they'll sooooo discriminated. Why should pit bulls only be allowed to kill other dogs when there's a cat place in town?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@marcbrown142 

"pity-patties"??? good grief.

your proclivity to spit out gross generalizations attempting to paint a negatve light on owners as well as their animals reveals a ton about you btw, these generalizations have zero basis in fact.

bell5858
bell5858

@yybarra21  My understanding is that MANY pit websites recommend NO DOG PARKS for pits, PBRC, Badrap, etc.  

Can you link to pit breeder websites that state; "We never breed dog aggressive dogs; all our dogs have excellent dog social skills."...  I can't find any.  I do find "bred for temperament", but I think that means their pits are game or even DEAD game.  Not especially good for dog parks,  imo. 

Seems to me that many pit BULLY people like aggression, perhaps that's why they are drawn to pits?

bell5858
bell5858

@russell.allison1   How can they "KNOW" that old timey farm dogs were pits, but no  one can id a pit now?  How can the pit mongers know that all those famous people owned pits?  Even when pit owners,whose dog just killed the neighbor dog, say "I bought my pit as a puppy, but I never trained him to be mean..." suddenly the pit bully people insist that couldn't be a pit bull, even tho it did precisely what pits were bred to do...

Re: Locking jaws.  If pit bully people actually cared about honesty, or about the pit's lives,  they would educate the public to own and carry break sticks, so they can unlock the pits' locked jaws to free the dead body of the neighbor's dog or get the pit off the victim's arm.  Pit bull jaws do lock, that's why the sadistic pit men had to invent the key to unlock the pits locked jaws. 

Cecil also scoffs at pits ripping thru chain link. Check out the kennels of Tom Garner. He uses 6 gauge HORSE panels, and all the dog's dishes AND their houses are made from poured CONCRETE. Yup, pits have locking jaws and the public would know this if pit bully people cared.  

bell5858
bell5858

@mavdog @marcbrown142  Your a "pit person"?  Can you tell me how you justify the continued breeding of THE fighting dog and therefore, the continued support of Dog fighting?  Seriously, I'd like your explanation.  

If my favorite breed was being so disproportionately abused, I would work tirelessly to cause my breed to become extinct. Extinct is better than what most pits endure. 

yybarra21
yybarra21

@bell5858 @yybarra21 Are you saying that because I am a pit bull advocate, that I like agression? It seems from your posts that you think that I, an animal rescuer (who would NEVER refer anyone to a breeder website in the first place because of all the homeless dogs that we already need to place in loving homes), and others like me, are going into animal shelters and adoption events and looking for aggressive dogs to bring into our homes with our families and other rescue dogs, for the sole purpose of inflicting harm upon the public. If you really believe that, then sadly there is no reasoning with you. You have made up your mind on an entire breed of dogs and segment of humans based on things you've read online and seen on the news.

Until you have PERSONALLY made the effort to interact with pit bull owners, and met their dogs, and if you then are bitten or attacked in the percentages that you keep posting, then you can have a valid argument. But as a rescuer, I have interacted with dozens, if not hundreds, of these animals. An overwhelming majority are friendly dogs. I will not say that NONE of them have aggression  but I won't link that to their breed. I will link it to the abusive life they've had to endure at the hands of humans.

You keep calling people who own/love/rescue pit bull dogs "bullies." Very ironic that you are calling us names, and you don't even know us. But we're the BULLY people. I encourage you to spend some time volunteering with your local rescue group and see if you still have the same opinion after you spend some real time with those of us who like to give dogs a chance. 

yybarra21
yybarra21

@bell5858 @yybarra21 You keep talking about breeders who make money off of people who want to raise dogs to fight (which is a MINORITY of pit bull owners), as well as people who are collecting dogs to fight. We all know those scum of life people exist. We also know that they are NOT representative of all pit bulls or their owners. Responsible dog owners, regardless of breed, will spay and neuter their dogs to control pet overpopulation. That has nothing to do with breed. What are you talking about, adopting my way out of killing dogs? Pit bulls will NEVER be spayed or neutered? Never? (My dog would have to disagree.) You talk in absolutes based on two experiences. The news doesn't reports pit bull attacks? Are you kidding me? That will lead a newscast any day of the week. And "pit bull acquisition"? I would never advocate for anyone to adopt a dog that they cannot care for, whether that be a poodle or a pit bull. Your blanket description of people who own pit bulls as having lack of empathy for those who have been hurt by dog attacks, as wanting to breed to fight dogs, and to want to add to pet over population by not spaying and neutering our pets is simply untrue for a majority of pit bull owners. But I can already see by the hundreds of posts and unfounded statements that you continue to make on message boards, that trying to educate someone like you is a waste of time. Have a good day.

bell5858
bell5858

@yybarra21 @bell5858   I referenced breeder websites in regards to what pits are being bred to do, and what pits were always bred to do. You did not answer my question. Can you answer my question?

I do not advocate a confiscate and euthanize bsl, but I do promote  mandatory, spay/neuter microchipping of all pits, pit mixes, all dog aggressive dogs.  This idea is strongly resisted by those who fight dogs. 

I do know many pit bully people.  My husband and I have been "dog people" since the 70's, with dog training clubs, working at animal clinics, and volunteering with rescue.  We used to think that pits were "just dogs" but we gradually were educated. The only puppies we adopted, that matured to suddenly kill their BFF housemate dogs, were darling but "good" game pit puppies. The calls and email we receive where dogs need rehomed after killing dogs or suddenly seriously  biting owners/visitors are essentially all re: pits.   "My pit killed my neighbor's dog, that's my landlord too, so he's making me get rid of my pit.  I still don't know how he got inside his house so quick, chewed right through the door!"

I do know many pit bully people. I get to to see their responses  and their lack of empathy for the victims of pits that simply become good pits

Before the pit invasion of the late 80/90s (here), we never had a dog killed on a sidewalk,  or a home invasion dog murder. Now we have become pit bull aware.   Now the news doesn't even report them, but the pit owners tell us.

What do you advocate for?  More pit acquisition? even by those unable to provide the management these dogs require to keep them and their neighbors safe?   When pit bully people say that pits can be great pets "if raised perfectly" then gullible humans GO BUY pits. 

 Do you think you can adopt your way out of killing pits in shelters as long as most pits are not spayed/neutered?  Those pits who are not pets, but weapons, status symbols, for fighting, these will never be spayed/neutered so they will continue to breed and de like flies


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