It's reached the
dog days of summer. And now Fido will actually have to stay home because of
Attendee John Holtan said "now they tell us we can't have a dog down here. I think that's unfortunate because a lot of people like dogs. They're beautiful pets. Maybe I won't be able to come as often."
Organizers said it's for sanitary purposes. The market draws thousands of people every week.
Vendor Coordinator Aimee Kuelling explained "their dogs are with them while they're eating and they're standing behind a food booth. And the dogs do what dogs do, they shake and then there's hair loose and wind blowing and there's just uncontrollable variances when the dogs are here."
Pet vendors hope it doesn't hurt sales.
Owner of Caf Woof Le Purr Madeline Enochs said "a lot of people don't bring their dogs down to the market. They purchase the treats and bring them home. Not anticipating that much, but yes there will be a drop."
Rules also include no soliciting, smoking and attendees must walk their bikes. Shoes and shirts must be worn.
"People aren't happy. I mean dogs are their family members. It's like asking them not to bring their kids with them somewhere and this was the one place where they could bring their dogs and be in a nice, fun, social environment," said Kuelling.