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

Gopiballava Flaherty gopiballava at gmail.com
Tue Feb 21 05:06:41 UTC 2012

I would strongly vote for no pets except service animals. My wife is also allergic, and if it's as bad as described right now then she won't be able to go, and my son will also miss out since she's usually visiting San Francisco with him. 

NB doesn't really seem like an appropriate place for animals regardless - lots of things that they shouldn't be poking or tasting. 


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On Feb 20, 2012, at 20:41, 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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