Move over for Rover on the buses?
The question comes in light of proposed changes to the number of Wellington City Council off-leash dog exercise areas, from 55 to 60.
Many local owners lack cars and will still have trouble acccessing an exercise area, so they should be allowed to take dogs on public transport, as in Europe, says Roseneath dog owner Sue Cornforth.
Retired law librarian Marite Tweeddale (right), of Raumati Beach, says: “I don’t think we should have dogs on public transport because they take up too much room and, when things are crowded, you don’t need to overcrowd the bus or train any more that already is.”
Public transport would have to be completely rearranged, she says.
Bronwyn Barnard (right) a Karori lawyer, wants dogs allowed on buses. “Yep, the more the merrier. I think the more people are exposed to having dogs as their companions and just being around the place, the better it would be for all of us.”
People are encouraged to use public transport and many don’t want to go out without their dogs. “So it seems to me quite an acceptable thing for a dog to pop up on a bus, or catch the train or whatever. I don’t have any problem with it and the Europeans seem to handle it without great inconvenience.”
Pamela Doake, a preschool teacher from Wilton, says: “I guess if it’s trained, then it shouldn’t poo on the bus.
Dogs can be smelly if not looked after properly, she says. “And they can be a bit vicious. They might bite kids and make other passengers nervous.”