I wrote a post years ago, LOWE’S NO LONGER ALLOWS DOGS. It has been, oddly enough, one of the most popular posts on my blog. It isn’t a fantastic story, and for sure not noted for superior word play, but it did kind of disturb the hornets nest of dog lovers and their counter parts, dog haters.
While there are a lot of comments on there, please note, I delete most comments that come in for that post as they are hateful, ugly, crude, and just not helpful. Oh often? About twenty a week get chucked.
AND THEN, On February 18, 2016, one of our posters RAINA wrote in, that he and some friends have been working on Lowe’s to allow dogs once again, and they said YES, he included the letter from Lowes, you can scroll down and read it in the comments.
YAY, dogs are allowed again, but not just any dog. There is a whole specific list from Lowe’s of their expectations of the dogs entering their store.
SO, since March, I have been encouraging our clients with puppies to go walk in the store, get in good practice, shop, and socialize in a managed way.
TODAY, the end part of August, Rhumb and I were hitting several stores for canning and kitchen supplies for our fall harvest that I am putting up right now.
LAST STOP today was Lowe’s. Rhumb is getting so good at walking next to the shopping cart as long as we go slow so she can choose her path. She was a rock star today. We ran into a couple of clients getting some DIY stuff, visited for a bit.
AND then I turned the corner, and there is a large dog running through the front doors, sans leash or owner, and started running straight for us, so we turned down an aisle towards the outdoor nursery, and then another aisle. When we went through the nursery doors I turned to look and the dog was still coming our way while visiting with every single person in his way. People were looking confused, and looking around for the owner.
Then I stopped at the register outside and told them there was an off leash dog in the store, and I thought ALL dogs must be on leash. The dog stopped in the open sliding doors, barked at us, turned around and ran back into the store.
THIS MY FRIENDS is what gives dog owners a super bad name. This is why some people look at people with their dogs with a slight bit of disdain.
I want access to stores for me and my dogs, and other responsible dog owners, and especially puppy owners. In a winter environment having access to stores of super shitty days is good mental and physical exercise as well as managed socialization.
People who do not use a leash in a public store fry my brain. There is NO reason at all to have a dog off leash in a store and let them run around like it is a dog park. None.
Please be responsible, please be kind, please be a good owner, and please have some level of fucking respect for those around you, and the store you are in.