We all remember the “purse dog” fashion fad of a few years ago when Madonna, Britney and she-who-won't-be-named-on-this-blog carried tiny Chihuahuas around in their Louis Vuittons and Chanels.
That was sadly a fad copied by women who then tossed the dog out with last year’s shoes.
Cropping up on subways and streets of New York recently have been young men carrying large dogs around in a variety of makeshift totes. People can’t seem to resist taking their pictures and they are appearing all over the internet.
What is going on?
It seems the subway allows passengers to take “lap-sized” dogs on trains as long as they are contained. Only service and guide dogs are allowed to walk on the train beside the owner.
But there are no specific size or weight limits or firm definition of “lap-size.” All dogs are lap dogs; some may just hang over on both sides. Nor are there any specific definitions of what a container is.
It's perfectly legal. And very cute.
It is certainly better that passing a pet dog off as a service dog. It keeps the dog from having to walk blocks on hot concrete and it gives the young men weightlifting practice. Cabs are expensive and drivers don’t have to accept dogs unless they are service dogs.
Not to mention the chick magnet aspect.
As long as the dog is well behaved and is not a threat to other passengers, these oversize purse dogs are permitted.
They really should have a better name: Tote bag dogs maybe?