DEAR MISS MANNERS: After the easing of pandemic lockdowns, an old friend came over for dinner, just the two of us. It's been a long pandemic for all of us, but especially for her. She had to have all her shopping delivered, including groceries. She's not been out in literally years.
She asked if it was OK to bring her dog, which I agreed to. Her dog is not the problem. The problem is that after dinner, she went to use the washroom and the dog wished to come in there with her. It's a small bathroom, so my friend said she'd be leaving the door open so the dog could come in with her.
She left the door open each of the other three times she peed while she was at my home, whether or not the dog cared, and she didn't ask. And I could hear EVERYTHING.
Now she is hinting she'd like to go to a "fancy" restaurant with me. How, exactly, am I to word this without saying flat-out, "Nobody will be seen in public with you unless they're sure you won't pee with the door open"?
GENTLE READER: As brazen as this woman's behavior was, one cannot imagine that she plans to take her dog to a fancy restaurant. And it is the dog that seems to be the reason for her ... ahem ... open-door policy. But if you are worried, Miss Manners suggests that you politely warn her, "Oh, I don't think Chez Hughes allows dogs. And I'm pretty sure their bathrooms lock behind them. I hope that that will still work for you."