SCOTT SOLDER is a former senior radio executive who, when we met, was a leading player at LBC. He is now a successful communications consultant and recently, while travelling on a train, posed this question to his Facebook followers. . .
“I AM having bizarre train experience. Woman seated opposite has produced a Tupperware container from her bag, filled it with water and placed it on the table in order for her dog to drink.
“So, basically, we have a dog sitting in a seat, slurping and spilling water all over the table in front of me. Am slightly grossed out. Am I wrong?”
Replies from his Facebook followers flew in thick and fast. Some funny, some outraged, some even sided with the dog!
See what YOU think. . . then add YOUR thoughts below.
NO-NONSENSE: The dog should be on the floor!
RELAXEZ-VOUS: Nothing more comedic than a dog eating or drinking. EMbrace the moment!
SAFETY FIRST: If it’s a terrier complain. If a Rottweiler, find another seat!
UNDECIDED: Does she have something to clean it down with afterwards? Some people seem to have cleaner dogs than children.
IN A PICKLE: Once on a train to Coventry the woman opposite decided to change her baby’s very dirty nappy on our charged table. Put me right off my cheese and pickle sandwich!
CHILD MINDER: Give me a dog on a train anytime over some children I have seen!
JUST RUDE: Put your laptop on the table and tell her to piss off!
TORY SNOB: Are you wrong? Not at all. Not wishing to sound ‘too Jeremy Clarkson’ but your real problem here is public transport. Until they introduce a decent policy to ban the riff-raff I’ll stick to my car.
THE CASE IN FAVOUR: I’d find it really cute but I love dogs. Not everyone does so good manners and common sense would be to give the dog water on the floor. You’re not supposed to feed dogs at a table as it supposedly elevates them to your status in ‘the pack’. Today a bit of lamb from your plate, tomorrow it’ll be wearing your clothes and hogging the remote control! What breed was it? [SCOTT: I think it was a spaniel] Oh, spaniels can get away with almost anything on account of their particularly appealing yet sad eyes!
EU VIEW: Moi je lui aurais donné à boire par terre pourtant j’adorais mon chien Maupiti.
DONT JUST SIT THERE: It should be on the floor. Tell her!
SECONDER: Yuk! How disgusting, tell her it is not acceptable.
DOG HATER: Dogs shouldn’t be allowed on trains, except for guide dogs, let alone be allowed to do something so revolting.
DOGGONE!: I’m a dog lover but I wouldn’t let them on a seat or drink on the table, they would be on the floor. You are right to feel grossed out.
SLURPA TENSING: Do the same with your coffee and see what happens.
LAST WORD: Maybe she had bought the dog a ticket?