[Noisebridge-discuss] Dogs/cats/pigs/hamsters/fish/lizards... at noisebridge.

Matt Joyce matt at nycresistor.com
Mon Feb 20 20:56:56 PST 2012


Flying sharks.  That's all I am saying.

On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 8:41 PM, Martin Bogomolni <martinbogo at gmail.com> wrote:
> This weekend, I had an unfortunate experience at Noisebridge.  A close
> friend of mine that I brought to the space is allergic to dogs, and I
> didn't know.   I didn't even think twice about asking her, and to be
> fair, there were no dogs present at noisebridge at the time.  The poor
> girl broke out in hives pretty quickly before we even had a chance to
> really settle down and start picking apart her Furby for a project.
>
> I apologize for the glass of tea I left behind in the kitchen, but we
> had to leave rather quickly and get some Benadryl into her.   She
> doesn't want to return to Noisebridge, even though in her words she
> thinks its "A fucking amazing place!"
>
> So, this raises a question.  Is it really okay to have pets at
> Noisebridge?  We've got various doggie companions that visit the
> space, in non-service capacities.   I personally like dogs, but this
> experience has effectively blocked someone who is in my opinion a very
> fun and personable hacker, from being able to come to the space.
> It's hard to clean up when a pet hangs around a place for a long time,
> and the after-effect lasts long after the pet has left.
>
> When we raised the possibility of bringing in a cat to keep the
> ratties and mice away a while ago, this potential for allergies was
> amongst the reasons for not doing it.
>
> I'm flying to Austin tomorrow morning, or I'd bring it up this week at
> the meeting.  As it is, I can't so it will have to wait until next
> week.  In the meantime it's worth discussing here.  Should non-service
> pets be allowed in Noisebridge?   Is there a way to mitigate the
> effects of allowing pets, or a way to keep the allergens out so that
> the impact is lessened?
>
> -Martin
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