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Photo Friday: Chloe at Lowe’s

I’d forgotten that we took this photo! We were visiting Florida back in December, and took Chloe with us on a trip to the local Lowe’s store. It was her first time in a shopping cart, but she settled down once I spread a store flyer out under her (she doesn’t like open metal mesh under her paws).

When Chloe looks mournful like this, my husband is putty in her paws.

The Lowe’s staff couldn’t have been nicer to her — the check-out lady you see in the picture cooed at her, and a colleague brought her an enormous Milkbone treat. Since then, we’ve been to a couple more Lowe’s stores, and they’ve all welcomed her with open arms.

I’d love to see your pup, and hear what you’ve been up to together this week — please post your photos on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page so we can all enjoy them!


  • Miss Wiggles

    I like to watch my humans shop at Office Depot and (when necessary) WalMart. I like to sit in the cart on the blankie or down jacket that my mom places under me for my comfort. We were stopped at the entrance to WalMart the other day by the manager but my dad blurted out, “she’s an ESA!” (Emotional Support Animal). It’s not at all official, but they didn’t ask for any certificate.

    Believe me, there is something about WalMart that brings on a meltdown for my parents. We were stopped again upon our exit for a look at our receipt and my dad just started stressing out – he can get a little hot under the collar sometimes. Then my mom repeated firmly, “Just pet the dog dear, pet the dog” and his pulse rate began to slow down towards normal and the manager backed right off. I sure like being an emotional support animal.

  • Ben

    I stumbled across this page to see if dogs in the stores was really a common thing these days like some people have told me. I guess it is. I would really appreciate it if you selfish [deleted] would keep your damned dogs at home. Sure, some people think it’s funny or cute; others, like myself, are extremely allergic to dogs. I take daily medication and make it a point to not put myself in places there are dogs. Now, because of PEOPLE LIKE YOU, last time I was actually in Lowe’s I broke out in hives!! I told the people there I had no idea what was going on because I am only allergic to dogs and there were none around. They said some lady had come through with her little dog just a few minutes before. Perhaps next time before taking your little mutt into stores, restaurants, etc you should stop and think about other people for once in your pathetic life.

  • Hello, Ben — Thank you for your comment. While I normally would have deleted it, given how abusively it’s phrased, I chose instead to delete the worst language and approve it, on the grounds that your underlying point is a valid one. You went to Lowe’s, where you did not expect to encounter a dog, and experienced an allergic reaction. That’s regrettable. I don’t know how reasonable it is, however, not to have anticipated encountering a dog in a space like that, or indeed in any business establishment, since service animals can accompany their owners anywhere. It is just a fact that other people can do things that have a disproportionate effect on some other people. There are people who have asthmatic reactions to heavy scent, but there is no rule against people dousing themselves in perfume or cologne before going to Lowe’s — or entering a confined space like a bus. I have a severe allergy to nuts, but I cannot prevent other people from eating them — and filling the air with their particles — near me. All I can do is carry the materials I need to help myself in an emergency, and be prepared to use them at any time. You can, of course, express your concerns to Lowe’s and ask them to change their pet policy. That will not help you, however, the next time you’re in the store with a service animal.

  • Erika A

    Excellent response, Mary-Alice. I happen to be horrifically allergic to dogs, cats, horses, bunnies…pretty much anything with fur. I take 4, count ’em, FOUR different medications every day to keep my asthma and allergies under control…and that’s not counting the Benadryl or the puff on an inhaler I’ll take if and when I STILL have a reaction. Even though I’m an animal lover, I must admit I used to get upset when I’d see a cat on the plane with me, or a dog in a department store – mainly because I have indeed had the experience of breaking out in hives out of nowhere because an animal had been somewhere I didn’t anticipate. But then I came to the exact realization you use as an example: people with service animals can go anywhere. Therefore, it is incumbent upon me to be prepared if and when I have an allergic reaction. At least, that’s how I feel about it, as an allergy sufferer who happens to also think animals are awesome.

  • Ben

    Mary-Alice, let me start by thanking you for actually posting the prior comments. Do you seriously not see the difference between occassionally bumping into a service dog for someone with a crippling disability and you bringing your pets into stores in a childish need for attention? I accept that I should carry medication around in the event I have a sever allergic reaction because someone NEEDS to have their service animal with them. That is a reasonable accomodation to make in our civilized society. I also understand there is no “rule” against perfume, etc. However, there is something known as courtesy. It’s used by those of us who think of others before thinking of ourselves. It’s the reason I don’t lather up with cologne or pack a tuna fish sandwich before getting on an airplane. People like you are the reason many states have chosen to pass laws making it illegal to smoke indoors. Sure, it causes cancer for the person smoking. Sure, it causes cancer and other illnesses for the people around them. However, people continued to smoke indoors, in restaurants, in theaters, etc. until legislation was eventually passed to keep them from doing so. The POLITE people had stopped smoking around others years before then; it was only the selfish, inconsiderate people who were still exposing others to the toxic, deadly, and foul-smellling smoke just because there was “no rule against it.” I suppose I am just shocked how many people would rather me have hives or have to use an epipen than choose to leave their precious dog at home alone for 30 minutes while they run down to Lowes. I don’t carry peanuts for my 2 year old to snack on precisely because I know many people (especially children) are severely allergic to them. Now, if he had some kind of special diet that required he eat peanuts regularly of course I would have to do it (the equivalent of a service dog). He doesn’t, so I don’t carry them around. When my wife was breast feeding our son, she could feed him anywhere. It was and is her protected right to do so. However, it is not courteous to do that at a checkout counter any more so than it would be courteous to stand at the register and eat a hamburger. If you don’t see the difference after those examples, it’s just not going to happen. It’s just sad to see how rare ‘common’ courtesy is these days. Erika, your reponse of being upset seeing these pets in unexpected places is valid. It comes from a proper upbringing, consideration for others and an understanding of the difference between a service animal and a pet.

  • Jackie

    Ben,I’m sure it would be easier to respect your comment if you were courteous enough to express your anger in a more civil way. You were very rude. How can one listen to the opinions of another if all they do is yell and use nasty words? Just a thought.

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