There's a little place in Harvard Square that has a very broad policy when it comes to "service dogs". Apparently, according to the ADA, business owners are not allowed to ask patrons to provide proof (or even a reason) as to why they need a service dog. So, this place just assumes that if you bring your dog into the pub that you must need it for one reason or another. The only stipulation is that the dog is well behaved. As it turns out, I actually have a legitimate need to have Kato with me. You see, after a few beers, my equilibrium is thrown off a bit and I lean on Kato to keep steady.

As you can see by the photo above, Kato and I stopped by one afternoon for lunch. I had a Reuben sandwich and a beer. Kato had a big bowl of water. We only got one dirty look from another customer who was obviously not a dog person. The kid at the table next to us thought it was great.

The waitress was a good sport even though she had to step over Kato to get to the other tables. Needless to say, she got a very good tip.

There are lots of dog friendly activities in Boston. Sam and I took Kato shopping at the SOWA Market in the South End. Lori and I also took him with us to see Shakespeare in the Common.

During the warmer months, many of the restaurants that offer Al Fresco dinning allow dogs at the outside tables. I've found that the wait staffs will check on Kato's satisfaction even more than mine.

Something to keep in mind if you take your dog to lunch in Boston is restrooms. I've found a couple of dog friendly facilities for when there's no one to watch your dog while you go (I wouldn't trust a stranger).

  • The Boston National Historical Park Vistor's Center. A park ranger offered to watch Kato.
  • The Boston Common Vistor's Information Center. Just walk in like you own the place. The restrooms are small and populated with homeless people, so keep that in mind.
  • Restrooms located behind the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.
Have a nice day!