Today, being not too particularly cold, I had to go into the city to get printer ink. I usually put off city trips but on this occasion I decided I would bring Isis. She seems to get better treatment than the others. Its only because she is the only one who can sit in one spot and relax a bit. People say I should kennel them. Maybe I should but I feel like a dog in a car should do something. Like protect it. Don’t get me wrong, long trips and 3 dogs, they all get kennels. Anyway I got a little off topic and that doesn’t really have anything to do with why I am writing.
As I started to go into Target, my keen, detail oriented eyes observed that there was no, NO Pets Allowed sign… Can you guess what happened next? I’ll give you a minute to think about it. Say what you think. You can just think it if you want, don’t have to say it out loud.
YES!(See how I gave you lots of time?) I walked back to my car and promptly put a leash on Isis and began my trek into Target. As I approached the door, I must have hit dead centre because the doors opened automatically! No practice needed. Things were looking good. I continued through the store with Isis at heel, nodding and smiling to complete strangers. I even passed a few employees! This was looking promising! My hopes and dreams of having somewhere to socialize puppies were quickly crushed when I was approached by a manager. Conversation as follows;
Manager “Hello sir!”
Me “Hi, how are you?”
Manager “I’m well thank you. Say, is that a service dog by chance, or a pet?”
Me “No she’s not, she is a pet”
Manager “Oh, well than I’m sorry sir, we don’t allow pets in the store”
Me “Hmm I apologize, I didn’t see the no pets sign on the door”
Manager “Yeah, we don’t have one, its store policy though. I’m sorry”
Me “Ok, no problem! Thank you!”
I retreated back to the car, the so called walk of shame. Not sure who else would call it that but,I just did.
I give Target credit though. The fact that the first comment out of his mouth was asking if Isis was a service dog says good things.
After being a Target regect I decided to try London Drugs. Made it to the door and saw the no pets sign right away. Next was a video game store. Next Level Games. I walked up to the door and carefully inspected it including all attached windows. No sign. I opened the door and walked in. Right away I was greeted by a store employee. His eyes drifted off towards Isis as I asked him a question. I thought for sure he was going to ask me to leave. He didn’t. We proceeded further into the store and walked around. Not one word was said about the dog. I was impressed!
I had fun doing that so I think I will continue to do so in the future… Wonder if there would be any difference if I brought Banner…..
A couple days later I brought Banner in to the city. Decided to make a stop at RONA. No sign. Walked in and was greeted by staff right away. I was stopped by staff at one point but only to see my dog. I was advised at that time that RONA is a family store and they consider pets part of the family. Pets are ALWAYS welcome in RONA