VANCOUVER ISLAND HEALTH AUTHORITY THINKS OUR DOGS ARE DIRTY!
Ok dog folks I know we are the new guys on the forum and I apologise in advance for coming on board with a request for help but hey I know dog people stick together in this town!
The Pup N Cup Doggie Boutique Cafe is a place that is made for dog owners and their friends! We feel it is wrong that someone has to tie a family member to a post outside a coffeshop, many times in the rain etc, in order to meet another friend for coffee!
Our concept is simple ...a speciality dog boutique that offers it's patrons an opportunity to sit with their canine friends in a warm friendly enviroment and enjoy a coffee or tea. We offer many services for your furry friend including massage, acupunture, nutritional consultation, seminars and info sessions, and a self serve dog treat bar unlike anything Victoria has ever seen!
After being granted a business licence by the city of Victoria we opened our doors on the 1st of August. The next day Russ Francis blurbed about us in Monday and we promptly got a visit from Maxine Marchansky the CHIEF health inspector for VIHA...Before even seeing our place she was calling to inform us that we couldn't do what Russ said we were doing! She made an appointment to see our place and as she came through our door she said, "Oh no way this looks too much like a cafe", and" Do you know how many people have tried to get away with this? Your not going to get away with it either"!
We are still wondering what it is that we 'are trying to get away with'..it seems that the bylaw states that their should be no animals in a food space..but we don't do human food of any kind..only coffee from a fully automated, self cleaning coffee machine.
We told her that 'Wag a Posh Shop For Dogs' had been operating in Ottawa as a dog friendly cafe for over two years. Her response was, "that is Ontatrio, this is BC", and" if you don't like it sue the minister of health". She then proceed to equate or beloved family pets to dirty FARM ANIMALS! and when we responded that we would take this stupid assumption to the dog people of Vic and the press she smiled and said," go ahead it won't change a thing and you still won't open".....
Later that day the city of Victoria called to suspened our business licence until further notice or until VIHA decided what they were going to do about us. We asked Victoria why they granted our licence in the first place as the application is very specific about the nature of the business and we were very specific to list all our merchandise and services and clearly marked AND COFFEE FOR HUMANS!
The city told us that there was a mysterious computer glitch that blotted out the part about coffee and they only just caught it!!! They then agreed to allow us to open as a pet store only until VIHA decides to let us sell coffee!
We are clearly being picked on here dog people and we need your help!
CALL MAXINE MARCHANSKY AT VIHA AND TELL HER THAT YOUR DOG IS NOT A DIRTY FARM ANIMAL! PLEASE CALL THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND TELL THEM THE SAME!
WHY ARE ONTARIO DOG LOVERS, AND DOG LOVERS ALL OVER THE WORLD, ALLOWED TO ENJOY THIS PLEASURE BUT WE BRITISH COLUMBIANS ARE DENIED!
Please support us and allow us to feed our families, contribute to our community and to the economy of our provience, and create jobs for dog people like us!
Thank you in advance for your support and please come and join us for some treats...
Dean Schwind/ James Luker
Owners Pup N Cup