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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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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.

Natasha Salgado
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 11:19 PM

Yes why not.

Evelyn M.
Tuesday September 9, 2014, 4:21 PM

Only service dogs. There are too many out there that have fears or allergies to dogs. Also, if it was allowed, we would end up with some bad behavior dogs with bad parents going to the store and not watching them well.

john pierce
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 2:48 PM

Only service dogs

Anna Wang
Monday September 1, 2014, 10:58 AM

only if they are service animals

Anne M.
Monday September 1, 2014, 4:04 AM

Only if they are serving animals. Taking your dog with you in shopping is NOT taking it out!

Sunday August 31, 2014, 5:23 PM

Only if they are service animals and yes if it's a pet shop

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