The reason Franklin looks so happy and excited is that he took on a state government bureaucracy and won.
Four-year-old Franklin had accompanied his human, Matt Schwendiman, each morning to the old-fashioned one-chair barber shop that Schwendiman owns. Franklin was a fixture there, greeting customers and keeping order. Everyone loved Franklin.
Then about ten months ago an inspector for the Ohio State Barber Board declared that animals are not allowed in barbershops.
Franklin protested his exile, gazing sadly out the window as his owner left him, scratching the windowsill to get out. Then a local newspaper printed the story and the law was changed to allow Franklin to once again serve as barbershop host and sentry.
Now, thanks to Franklin, one healthy animal is allowed in a barbershop if the owner provides liability insurance. So Franklin is back to his spot on the sofa, greeting customers once more.
The barber is happy. The customers are happy. And you can see the joy on Franklin’s Basset Hound face if you just look for it.
Complete story and a shot of Schwendiman’s 1950’s style barbershop is here