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Should pets be allowed in stores?

Poll Results: 3,454 votes
Only if they are service animals.
Only if they wear a muzzle.

Home Depot bans pets in Canadian stores after Shih Tzu bites employee on the nose.

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Beth O'Brien
Sunday December 7, 2014, 7:25 PM

Service dogs already are allowed everywhere, but all dogs should be allowed in pet stores.

Aaron Bouchard
Wednesday November 19, 2014, 10:23 AM


Andrea A.
Sunday November 16, 2014, 4:19 AM

It depends on the kind of store, but service animals always allowed.

Nyack Clancy
Thursday November 13, 2014, 10:03 PM


Alexey Ivanov
Thursday November 13, 2014, 12:59 AM

Stores should have special places indoors where dogs can wait for their owners in comfortable conditions, not freezing outside in winter

John B.
Saturday November 8, 2014, 6:59 AM

Only if they are service animals.

M.N. J.
Monday October 20, 2014, 5:42 PM

It depends on the kind of store.

I love it when bookstores have a resident cat. (See Powell's Books in Oregon for a famous example; those cats even blog.) There's a famous library cat in the Midwest named Dewey. There are pub cats in the UK and cafe cats in Japan. I've been to furniture stores and jewelry stores that have cat "greeters."

From the customer side, it encourages walking in a community when people know they don't have to leave their dogs behind or tied up outside if they want to do an errand or two.

I worked somewhere dogs were welcome and the people who might object to having a dog in the same room, not so much.

Did we have misbehaving owners? Very rarely. Much more common to have misbehaving parents of human children.

Did we lose customers to the dogs-welcome policy? Only one.

Were we sorry to say goodbye? Guess.

(Service animals are allowed anyplace. It isn't up to us and our "opinions" about it.)

Sue H.
Sunday October 19, 2014, 7:53 PM

Service animals only.

Andreas Ioannou
Sunday September 21, 2014, 4:18 AM

No, I love animals but I don't think they should be allowed.

Darren Woolsey
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 11:26 PM

Yes, they should be, or perhaps the owners ought to think before they take their dogs for a while.

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