Nanny, it seems, is no dog lover.
No real surprises there then!
Nanny's health and safety gestapo, using the EU as their excuse, have decreed that dogs and farmhouse bed and breakfasts do not mix. Therefore Nanny wants to ban dogs from their owners' kitchens.
Nanny would have us believe that the animal poses a potential health and safety hazard to guests' food. I am a pussy man myself, but if I were at a farmhouse B&B I would expect there to be animals in the general area (it would be a funny kind of farm without animals!) and would not be horrified to see a dog in the kitchen.
It seems to me that if you want a 5 star luxury hotel, sanitised and sparkling, then you book yourself into a 5 star hotel not a farmhouse B&B.
Nanny's health inspectors are having none of it, and are using new EU food hygiene laws which put small B&Bs into the same category as hotels and restaurants, to have pets banned from kitchens.
Nanny's first blood occurred in Dorset, where the owner had to give assurances to his local authority that his dog would not be in the kitchen at breakfast time.
David Weston, chairman of the British Bed and Breakfast Association, is none too impressed with this nonsense and notes that he has never come across any previous case of food poisoning by dog hair before.
"This new law covers food businesses and because a bed and breakfast serves food, they fall into that category.
The regulations weren't designed to cover people's homes, which is essentially what a bed and breakfast is.
Most of our members practise good standards of cleanliness anyway. We think the regulations should be enforced in a commonsense way.
When there is a dog in the corner of the room and nowhere near the food surface area, then we don't feel that is a threat or a danger to health."
Unfortunately, Nanny does not do "common sense".
Will John, the principal environmental health officer at West Dorset District Council, said that farmhouse kitchens are a 'high risk' food preparation area.
"Most people would agree it is not hygienic to have animals in kitchens where food is being prepared.
A bed and breakfast may be somebody's home, but once a room is used to prepare high-risk food that is going to be sold to members of the public, it takes on a different meaning."
He clearly doesn't live on this planet.
How many thousands of people have died each year from dog hairs in their B&B bacon and eggs?
How many people who own a pet, manage to prevent them from entering the kitchen?
This is complete bollocks!
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