Dogs in grocery stores

By From page A5 | October 09, 2013


Am I the only one? I love my pets but am I to put my food or my grandson where a dog’s butt just sat? I’m addressing both the owners of lovable mutts and those grocery stores that allow the abuse of service dog rules. Within 30 seconds of entering Walmart on Thursday, Oct. 3, I spotted two lovable pets. Not service dogs, just average mutts. One, a terrier, was quite comfortable in the child seat of the grocery basket. That spot is usually where I put my bread or grandson.

I’ve seen similar scenes at Raley’s as well but Walmart seems to have a very blind eye about this. I contacted the store manager about this issue several months ago and was told, “There’s nothing we can do about it.” Really? Even Home Depot has a sign that states “Service Dogs Only.” I cannot believe that any incontinent, flea-bitten hound can be allowed in a store that sells food, and is welcome to ride where I am expected to place my food.

As I was leaving Walmart I encountered a young woman with a service dog in training. It was evident this happy pooch was on his way to helping some disabled person because of his distinctive green vest. Having just vented on the Walmart manager, I apologized for my agitated state and expressed both my appreciation for her work and my frustration at those who feel entitled. Until Walmart can set some clear polices that support basic hygiene I will not be shopping there.


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