THE integration of pets – and dogs in particular – into every aspect of the lives of their human masters continues with news that some of America’s finest dining establishments have created a menu specifically for dogs to be enjoyed in the restaurants alongside their owners.

Establishments such as the Viceroy in Palm Springs have instructed their chiefs to produce a menu to tickle the taste buds of our canine friends.

The idea is based on the view that more and more often people treat their animals in much the same way they treat their children and as such like the idea of dining with them.