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Do Tell: Taking Pets on Your Shopping Sprees?

Over the weekend, I hit up the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and it was quite chaotic. Even more surprising than the number of bargain seekers, were the number of pooches present!Now, it's totally allowed to bring pets into this store – and I'm no stranger to toting North around – but these crowds were quite stressful for me, so I couldn't even imagine bringing a pup there. With the risk of being trampled, it didn't seem like a packed shop was a good place for tiny, leashed dogs or even big ones for that matter. What's your take – do you ever take your furry friends shopping and in what instances would you leave them at home?


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raeleerobot raeleerobot 9 years
I worked at Nordstrom and people would walk their huge sheepdogs through. Small Chihuahuas and Yorkies were more common, especially after someones larger dog peed on the brand new displays in designer handbags.
sentineltree sentineltree 9 years
i love toting my kitty around with me where its acceptable, petstores are always a fun adventure for us :) when she was much younger i used to bring her everywhere with me, i was learning to drive and she was a kitten so we would go grocery shopping, clothes shopping, etc. now when she's out she gets agitated after an hour or so and i have to bring her back home
guineapiggin9 guineapiggin9 9 years
The only place Angus gets to shop is Petco or other stores that specialize in pets. Infact, we were just there last night letting him pick out some presents for his birthday on fun :)
phatE phatE 9 years
Sarah... You're right, people should be able to go into stores without worrying about a life threatening allergy.. However, there are other triggers besides a dog.. I agree with Erin, and would have the same reaction if I was in a boutique with a bunch of cats, but feel that in certain environments it's appropriate and I can either tell them I am highly allergic, or not go in. I am not talking about a grocery store, and to be honest I have never seen a dog running around a grocery store sniffing everything.. I rarely see dogs, and if I do they are inside a bag that their owner is carrying. You saying that the problem with our society is that dogs have become our children is a little ridiculous.. I see many other problems with our society that hold rank to owners treating/loving their dogs like children.. The people who mentioned children vs dogs were talking about situations where children are worse to be around than animals.. Many times I go into a store ( this actually happened today ) and a child will be screaming, running around in the dressing rooms, crying, etc and the mother will do nothing. It's hell, and if I were to be in a situation where I could choose between that, and a dog in a bag.. I would prefer the dog.. I don't agree with pets in grocery stores, and I don't really agree with them walking around malls on leashes.. It's not safe for them, and it's not really something that alot of people do anyway.. You make it sound like dogs are running all over the places, when that really isn't the case.
drea-nicole drea-nicole 9 years
Viva goes on short walks to our video store with us. The owner loves her to pieces so she's always welcome. She also gets to go to the pet stores with us, but no malls or anything like that. I agree with the allergy point, but I also agree with the naughty kids point. That's another reason I don't take Viva everywhere. We've had naughty kids come up and grab her. She handled it well, but my friends lhaso apso, Nami-chan, went nuts barking. :P She's protective of her "cousin". Naughty kids can be more harm to the pups, but they can't be left at home alone.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I wish I could take Scout shopping with me, but she's not exactly small enough to fit into a tote bag or anything. I take her to Petsmart though. She LOVES it there! She's always really well-behaved and she likes to pick out her own treats there. I do wish they let dogs come into more establishments, but I do understand that people have allergies and can't be around animals.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
i think it's ridiculous to bring a dog shopping with you. i went to the mall last week for the release of the iphone (and it's a nice high end stores of Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Tiffanys, Vuitton...Mall at Millenia!) and there were two women just walking their little dogs on leashes through the middle of it. I was a bit appalled and quite taken aback by this that it just rendered me speechless! Why??
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
I take Roxy to PetCo/PetSmart every so often and will have her tag along with me for a trip through the drive through at Taco Bell. If I could take her with me every where I would. Well almost every where. No grocery stores or restaurants (unsanitary if you ask me).
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
I have a cat, not a dog, but if I did..I would leave him at home if the trip involved shops or businesses of any kind. We had dogs growing up on a ranch, and that is where I like to see them, happy, running around without restraint and safely enjoying themselves without risking their health or the health of other people. As for Moosie, he's a Norwegian Couch Cat, and all he cares about is if I bring him BACK something..he always has to inspect the shopping when we get home!
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
I'm somewhat torn on the situation. The boyfriend loves to take the dogs everywhere, sometimes I think it's a bit much. If I know I'm going to the pet store, I'll take them. If I'm making other stops, I usually won't. While I love having them with me all the time, it just seems that a lot of people in my town aren't very pet-friendly. And even though I've gone to other towns & cities with Bella that are just happy to have her, I think I've gotten used to my city telling us we can't bring her in. With two of them now, though, it's harder to get them around anyway :)
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I take Cuba shopping with me all the time. Clearly I do not take him to the grocery store and I would definitely not take him to the Nordstrom sale. I have taken him shopping since he was a pup if it gets to be too much we go home or I carry him.
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 9 years
You're right, they aren't the same. Quite often, children are louder, ruder, and more disruptive than dogs. But point taken on the allergies thing.
SarahPW SarahPW 9 years
i love, love my dog...but i think it is completely ridiculous to be upset about not bringing your pup into a store. they are for people...your dog is not a person. i recently saw a woman with her dog in the grocery store, letting it sniff at everything. it is inappropriate to have animals around other people's food. allergies are a huge factor...people should be able to go into public places without having to worry about a life-threatening allergy attack. children are dogs are NOT the same. i think that is a problem in our society today...our pets have become our children.
j4everlasting j4everlasting 9 years
My dogs don't get the chance to come shopping with me unless I'm going to the pet store (which isn't often, because I buy their treats and food at their daycare). They've both been in non pet stores, but those were situations that probably won't happen again. My little guy has been in winners (a discount brand name store) once, because it was the day I got him, and he needed a winter coat for the chilly outdoors (as it was the beginning of february). I needed him to try on the jackets, because he has such an odd shaped body (being a dachshund and all). Our big guy has had the oppurtunity to go into the ski shop and the hardware store in the little mountain city that we visit often. It's a very dog friendly city, so you often see quite a few dogs chumming around in the stores with their owners. Other than that, I agree with the person with allergies. I love having my dogs with me, and I would love to bring them into every store, but with some people's allergies, and other peoples stupidity (you know the ones who don't pick up after their dog ever or their dog is completely out of control) I don't want to see them in most stores. I'd also perfer not seeing/hearing bratty kids in stores, but parents tend to get offended if you don't let their children come with them. :)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I bring B-Bop a lot of places. He's easy to pick up an carry if need be and a lot of places are pretty dog friendly. I understand allergies and would absolutely take b-bop out if anyone asked. I wouldn't want to put anyone in harms way. But honestly, I think I've got as much of his hair on me sometimes as he does on his body so you might be allergic to me too!
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 9 years
@erinrdigeway That's a good point I hadn't thought of.
erinridgeway erinridgeway 9 years
I'm afraid I have to disagree with BigBird and GigglyGirl. I love dogs, but I am terribly allergic to many of them, especially dogs my immune system hasn't had time to get used to. I take two kinds of allergy meds a day--a nasal spray and a pill, but meds aren't always powerful enough. If I were to go into a small shop with several dogs--even the most well-behaved dogs in the world--I would start sneezing, my eyes would swell shut, I'd break out in hives, I'd wheeze and I'd have difficulty breathing. One reaction like that lays me out for the rest of the day and much of the next. And no, I don't have to touch them. I just have to breathe. I can understand why people enjoy bringing their dogs along to shop, but I can also understand that shopkeepers want to make the shopping environment pleasant for human customers. Trust me, I too would rather shop alongside a well-mannered dog than a bratty kid, but unfortunately, that bratty kid has one on the dog in that he doesn't cause my respiratory system to shut down :(
BigBird BigBird 9 years
Completely agree with Gigglygirl-so many times I've seen kids completely out of control in a shop that tells me my well mannered dogs aren't welcome!! The only pet friendly place where I live is the Pets at Home pet store, which my dogs absolutely love to visit, as they can snuffle up to the small animals for sale, and there are lots of lovely smells there!!
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 9 years
You've hit on a pet peeve of mine (pardon the fun). I wish I could take my dog EVERYWHERE he would be safe. I understand why grocery stores and other food establishments forbid pets, but come on... Let's use the "Canine Good Citizen" Test for something. If I had tag or a card to carry that proved my pet was a good citizen and calm and safe around people and other animals, why shouldn't I be allowed to bring him with me? I've been out in places where children are much worse mannered than my pooch would ever dream of being.
linb linb 9 years
For the first few months after I bought my poodle, my mother-in-law (who watches her during the day) would sneak her in stores inside her purse. My dog was thankfully quiet, and no one ever knew! But now that she can no longer fit inside a purse, she stays at home if I go shopping. If I know that I'm going to a pet-friendly store and that is the only stop I plan to make, then I will take her with me.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 9 years
occasionally, mine will get to go to petsmart when i buy dog food but other than that, they have never been into other stores. i am a huge fan of dogs but i don't think they belong in the stores. my critters are much happier playing in the backyard while i do my shopping.
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