The army has a long tradition of single officers living in messes, many with their dogs, who generally accompanied their masters to work, where they were fully integrated into the sub units. In recent years, new build mess accommodation and the fall out from some ill trained animals has led to increasing limitations on the numbers of messes which allow dogs and, even in those that do, the areas in which they are permitted. Should we care? Do you like having dogs in the mess and at work? Or are you pleased an old fashioned habit is being eased out?