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Photo Friday: Lunch, with Chloe, at Paris’s Le Pamphlet restaurant

I realize that this picture is blurry — we were trying to photograph Chloe without the wait staff and other diners noticing, so whenever the moment seemed right, my husband would throw his arm to the side and click the phone camera button blindly in Chloe’s general direction. Really, it’s a testament to his mad photography skillz that there’s a picture to share with you at all.

But look past the blurriness and notice that Chloe is inside a restaurant with us while we eat — and it was a very nice one, with excellent food and an elegant decor. It was such a pleasure to set out in the morning on a big walking expedition across Paris, knowing that at lunchtime we could simply bring Chloe in with us, eat, and continue on our way afterwards. No rushing back to the apartment to crate her during lunch, no anxious deployment of a stealth bag — what a delight!

Chloe (and my left arm) at Le Pamphlet, in the Upper Marais

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  • Well, exactly. I know it wouldn’t work for every dog, and there were some places where even Chloe was a little antsy (she didn’t like being entirely under a table, and had to be coaxed to stay put), but you’d learn rapidly whether your dog would be a good lunch companion or not.

  • Marianne

    I have only travelled with my dog locally, maybe one trip over state lines, but now I am considering more worldly adventures. I think I might have been intimidated in Paris and brought him in his soft sided carrier? Am I being a chicken? In America, would it have made a difference if he was in the carrier or will restaurants just toss us out?

  • Hello, Marianne! In Paris, every restaurant we approached with Chloe let her inside, just on a leash. We always paused in the doorway and asked “Je peux entrer avec mon chien?” first, and the proprietors always said yes. In America, it’s a whole different story, alas. Generally speaking, pet dogs are not allowed inside a restaurant, whether in a carrier or not. More and more, you can find restaurants that allow patrons to eat at an outdoor patio with their pet dog, and that’s wonderful (except in the winter or in the rain, of course!). More rarely, you can find a place that allows a pet dog inside with you — they manage it by not serving food themselves, but rather allowing you to order in from a nearby restaurant. Clever!

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