From CBS local news comes this terrible story about a woman whose dog peed on 25 articles of clothing at a Lane Bryant store in Toms River, New Jersey. The police humans are now looking for her, and given that they have her license plate number and name, they will probably track her and her dog down any minute now.
I have heard that human visitors to New York sometimes express surprise at how many dogs there are in the city and how many places allow dogs inside. Some also wonder aloud why on earth humans feel the need to bring dogs with them everywhere.
The thing is, New York is a pedestrian city, and it makes life just a bit easier for my People if they can combine one of our daily walks with running a few errands along the way, rather than having to make a separate trip outside and possibly several blocks just to buy some light bulbs or a bottle of wine. This may sound like a small thing, but it makes difference to my People, especially on days like this when the city is cold and windy.
So my People and I appreciate those businesses that let us come in together, especially those that welcome dogs with treats or water bowls. But we try to be conscientious about not abusing this privilege. If the Lady isn’t sure whether a store is dog-friendly, she’ll quickly ask an employee at the entrance. And of course we obey signs forbidding dogs. Even I understand why some businesses might choose not to let me in. After all, some humans are allergic to dogs; others just might not like dogs or might be afraid of us. With that in mind, we rarely visit clothing stores together because my fur and dander could make its way onto brand-new clothes (we make a couple of exceptions for stores that sell athletic goods and are especially welcoming to dogs).
But humans like Ms. Theresa Tumbleson and her canine companion threaten to ruin it for the rest of us. Who could blame a store for banning dogs altogether after this one relieved himself on all that merchandise? (It had to be a small dog, too, didn’t it? Thanks a lot, unnamed dog suspect. Really upholding our reputation there.) Just the other day, my People and I learned that a popular local store had to confine canine visitors to the entryway because too many of them had “had accidents.”
I truly enjoy exploring the city and meeting the very often friendly humans who work in its businesses. Even when I don’t exactly have a great time, I still end up meeting someone new and having a new experience, and I’m with my People, which is exactly where I like to be. The more humans that act as Ms. Theresa Tumbleson did, the less likely I will be to be able to continue doing so. And that would be a pity, at least in this dog’s opinion.
What do you think, should dogs be permitted in stores? Or has it gone too
fur far already?