Pets in stores...Do you think it's okay?
March 24, 2007 6:09pm CST
I have seen this happen several times in the last few years, people who bring their dog (or cat) in the store (or other business) with them. And no, the dog is not a guide dog, but rather a family pet. It happened today when I went to the bank to make a deposit. I was standing in line when all of a sudden a woman carrying her little dog (looked like a Yorkshire) walked into the bank. I was thinking "WTF". As my turn was next I grumbled under my breath, and the teller asked "excuse me?", so I asked him, "I thought pets weren't allowed in banks and stores." He told me that since there wasn't a sign posted at the bank stating "pets are not allowed" that people can actually bring their pets in! I bet not too many people would appreciate it if I was to bring in either of my 100 lb dogs into a business establishment. I'm tempted to do it, but I would only get more PO'd if my big dogs weren't allowed and yet these little dogs are. Don't get me wrong, I love animals. I used to take my cat (Siamese type) just about everywhere I went. But I never, ever took him into a business establishment, except for PetsMart, because they made it just for that reason...to allow family pets in a store. Do you think people should or shouldn't be allowed to bring their pets into a business and why? Thanks, for letting me vent..Whew! I needed that!
• Etowah, Tennessee
29 Mar 07
I do in the stores that allow it. i take her in family Dollar because they would get mad if I did not bring her in to visit. Lowe's allows pets. I do not take in to Banks or ANY where that serves food. The local flea market allows them in amd is the reason my daughter likes to go to see all the pets. I carry my dachshund in, I do not let her down. I don't think I would take a bigger dog into any store other than Petsmart, PetCo, etc. Would you be willing to carry that 100 pd dog in, or put it in a cart? Then I am all for it. I would never let mine down for more than to go out the door
• United States
5 Apr 07
Taking a pet to the flea market is one thing, but to a bank, grocery store, Wal-Mart, etc, shouldn't be allowed whether they are carried in or not. I've seen this happen first hand at all 3 places I just mentioned. There was one time several weeks ago however when I saw an elderly man and his daughter try to bring their Rottweiler pup in. It WAS in a cart, they even put a blanket in beforehand for the pup to lay on, but the greeter at Wal-Mart told them pets are not allowed inside. Yet at the same Wal-Mart just a week or so before that I saw a little dog in some one's arms INSIDE Wal-Mart. I'm guessing that person snuck that little dog in, but that is just a guess. There was no sign either time stating that pets are not allowed. I said that I was 'tempted' to bring one of my 100 lb dogs into a business establishment, not that I would actually do it! LOL And if you reread the part about my cat, I took him with me everywhere and yet I knew it wasn't proper to bring him into businesses, even if I was to hold him or put him in a basket. He was very exotic looking and loving to everyone and I have no doubt he would have been a big hit, but I still didn't take him in to businesses other than the one I already stated, because he is a pet. So, if I understand you correctly it would have be OKAY for me to bring my cat with me into a business (excluding banks or places that serve food)? After all, he only weighed in at 9 pounds. That being said what if there were people inside the building that are allergic and started feeling sick or worse all because you brought pet in with you? Or what if there was an animal hater where you took your pet to and they were willing to get in a fight with you because of it even though the pet shouldn't be there to begin with? Or what if pet 'pottied' inside one of these establishments? Or bit someone that was trying to pet it while inside a business? Would the owner of the pet be sued or the establishment? These are just some of the reasons why pets shouldn't be allowed in these type of businesses in the first place. Just my honest opinion. PS Sorry for the delayed response. I had received an email notification only tonight that you had responded to my post.