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Doggy dining a welcome addition

The Freeport restaurant, Hudson's on the Mile, welcomed

The Freeport restaurant, Hudson's on the Mile, welcomed four-legged diners on July 7, 2016, with a new menu and a dog-friendly dining area. The state's "doggy dining law" went into effect last October. (Credit: Jim Staubitser)

My organization is thrilled to see that Long Island restaurants can now accommodate our four-legged companions in their outdoor dining areas [“Always on Sundays,” Explore LI, Aug. 5].

This new law does a good job of balancing public health with the needs of people like us who cherish our dogs and want to integrate them into our lives as much as possible.

Restaurants in Europe have accommodated dogs and their owners for years, and New York City began doing so this spring.

Ginny Munger Kahn, Huntington

Editor’s note: The writer is the president of the Long Island Dog Owners Group, which works to increase access to public parkland for Long Island dogs and their owners.