Every dog has its day and for Lexington’s own Sophie Thomas, a 4 year old Caviler King Charles Spaniel, - that day is coming fast. Many Lexington residents will might recall late last year Sophie was the sleepy well behaved pup kicked out of McDonalds on Russell Cave Rd. Sophie and her owners Computer Systems Engineers Jim and Sam Thompson were eating their annual McDonalds meal when they were kicked out by 6 LPD officers. The reason? Home school teacher and mother of 6, Ellen Hudson’s frantic 911 call complaining about a “viscous dog” preventing her and her children entering the establishment.
While Sophie might have been asleep during the incident, her owners didn’t take the mater lying down an today the Federal appeals court has announced that McDonalds cannot make laws barring potty trained well behaved, attended and leashed dogs. CNN legal analysis Jeff Tubin talked about the case as a landmark victory for responsible dog owners saying to TV’s Anderson Cooper: “Jim Thompson’s argument that McDonalds already full of dirty disgusting children is an affront to it’s normal adult customers and the presence of a dog would help.” He then added "personally I’ve seen children vomit and defecate in the McDonalds and- at least my dog warns me by moving his head back and forth.”
What does Ellen Hudson think of it? We’ll it’s no secret that she’s not “loving it.” Hudson, appearing on NBC4 proclaimed “children are much more important than a dogs- children are our future. As a parent I worry about my kids constantly- I pulled them all out of school after even the teachers started bullying them into homosexuality and evolution- now I have to worry that McDonalds is gonna be full of mutts. I ain’tanti dog, mind you- I got 3 pit bulls of my own- but dogs belong behind a chain link fence or chained to a tree in the front lawn not in restraints for people. These people can play with their dog whenever they want- but I am a mother, I don’t have the luxury of free time like they do.”
McDonalds, which would not comment citing an appeal to the us supreme court acknowledged that they would be allowing "toy" breed dogs up to 25lbs in all restaurants cross country. They would also begin selling dog friendly products including real meat treats including ground beef nuggets and ground chicken meal in bone shapes. Many think that the new policy will attract many young childfree couples with dogs, ultimately resulting in McDonald’s ability to raise prices and increase profitability.
Unaware that she is the Rosa Parks of the dog world, Sophie continues sleeping softly.