Pets in trams

One of the more infuriating aspects of travelling in a tram is – discounting the exhorbitant and unreasonable fare hike and perpetual smell of urine – the double standard lenience granted by tram drivers and inspectors with all things furry. Yes, I’m referring to pets in trams.

I never thought there would be a problem with pets in trams. Afterall, the Do’s and Don’ts sticker above us does say “No pets allowed in tram unless in bag” or something along the lines of that.

When Toby was only four months old, he was small enough to fit into a carryall bag, with his brown furry face sticking out of the bag. Once, several tram inspectors got on the tram. One of them was struck by Toby’s likeness to her own dog, and was very charmed by him. Toby was in the bag throughout the time. No problems whatsoever.

Another time, two inspectors got on. They noticed Toby’s presence while checking my ticket, but didn’t make a fuss over it. In fact, they acted as if they didn’t see it.

Several months ago, while getting on the tram, the tram driver yelled out “No dogs in my tram! No No No!”. He closed the door on me and drove off. I was stunned. I was aware of the law, so Toby was already in his carryall bag (a bigger one this time) when I attempted to board the tram. I know I might incite a hate war here, but the driver looked Middle ‘Muslim’ Eastern. And I know Muslims don’t have a penchance for dogs.

And just yesterday, amazingly, I got told off by an inspector while Toby was looking out of the window, sitting in his carrybag. With a stern voice, he told me dogs aren’t allowed in trams, and I had to get off the tram.

I wasn’t too far from my destination then, and I didn’t want any trouble. With a little annoyance, I plucked Toby and his bag off the seat next to me and got off at the next stop.

So, what’s the deal then? Pets or no pets?

12 Comments so far

  1. Chang Yang (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 8:28 pm

    That inspector who asked you to get off the tram was incompetent. If I were you, I will continue to bring my pet on tram, and if another inspector asks me to go off I would ask him / her to read the rule on the tram, very politely.

  2. will (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

    Looks like you are allowed to carry pets, but at the same time the driver can tell you not to take it on board at his discretion. So the only person in the wrong there was the tram conductor, according to that page anyway.

  3. Neil (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

    So I guess the “tram tracker” dog wouldn’t be allowed on trams.

  4. ibk (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 5:52 am

    “And I know Muslims don’t have a penchance for dogs.”

    Perhaps that’s a bit unfair?

  5. starting to hate metroblogging (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

    All you seem to do is complain adrock2xander about everything. You claim to be so hard done by. well if so, why dont you do somthing about it then?


  6. Hassan (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

    adrock, the fact that you state Muslims don’t like dogs is highly generalised.

    I’m a Muslim, I’ve got no problems with dogs and so do the hundreds of Muslims I know. If the Muslims you know do, it doesn’t mean you should blame the whole community for that.

  7. adrock2xander (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

    “I know I might incite a hate war here, but the driver looked Middle ‘Muslim’ Eastern. And I know Muslims don’t have a penchance for dogs.”

    I said that with full knowledge that people will disagree with me. Hence the disclaimer. Yet, the hate mail keeps coming. Get an education, somebody?

    Starting to hate metroblogging – I didn’t claim to be so hard done. I left the tram with no qualms. If anything, I didn’t want any trouble. I don’t complain, I highlight what happens in an average Joe’s Melburnian life. And the fact that I have the balls to talk about it, says a lot about you as you obviously don’t have any.

    I am not above the law, so I won’t be doing anything about it. It seems though, that balls-less you would like to do something about it. Just what exactly do you suggest then, Old Wise One?

    If you hate metroblogging, don’t read it then. I do not represent the opinions of all the authors, I represent myself. If you want news about Melbourne, read The Age.

    Hassan – I apologise for generalising. I have tens of Muslim friends who abhor dogs, and prefer cats. Perhaps the hundreds of Muslims you know are the ones I have not met.

  8. Hassan (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 12:54 am

    Appology accepted =) I’m assuming it could be a cultural thing give you’re from Malaysia. I’ve noticed Muslims from Malaysia there being a tad more conservative than the ones from South Asia

  9. iceCube (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 7:18 am

    Maybe the driver had a bad experience with a dog on his tram before.

    I suppose some muslims do tend to be edgy around dogs but as Hassan pointed out, its not like everyone is like that. I for one, being a muslim, have no qualms around dogs and generally happy to pat them over the head.

  10. adrock2xander (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 7:54 am

    Damn I’m meeting all the wrong Muslims then. Where are all the dog-loving Muslims? The Muslim friends I know here keep rabbits, hamsters and cats. But no dogs!

    That said, Muslims from Asia are a tad bit more conservative. I agree with you Hassan.

  11. Miss Milk (unregistered) on July 1st, 2007 @ 11:27 pm

    I never knew about the dog rule. Is it the same for trains or buses? I can’t count the nuber of times I’ve been out walking my dog, gotten lost and wondered if I’d be able to take him on public transport if it was a matter of getting home before some completely ungodly hour.

    I don’t think the Muslim comment was unreasonable, though. An article in The Age a while ago spoke about Muslim taxi drivers refusing to allow guide dogs in their taxis. There are obviously at least some who aren’t fond of them.

  12. adrock2xander (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 1:05 am

    Exactly. Thank you for understanding. I was not knocking Muslims at all, but it frustrates me when Muslims get agitated over trivial issues when comments are directed at SOME of them. It’s like they don’t see the forest for the trees. Again, this comment is NOT aimed at anyone. It’s true and is written from someone who grew up with Muslims for 25 years. To say that I have NOT met any Muslims who like dogs IS true.

    Praise Allah.

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