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For or against: Dogs in shopping carts

Posted May 10, 2010

I was at Target over the weekend on a fruitless search for generic infant pain reliever when I saw something I'd never seen before: a dog sitting in a shopping cart.

It wasn't a big dog, but it wasn't tiny either. It pretty much filled up the front part of the cart where kids usually sit.

At first, I thought it was cute. My five-year-old missed it. So I had her run over to the cart to take a look. That was nice.

Then I kind of thought about it. Would I want my eight-month-old sitting in that very same seat after the dog gets out of it? Not really.

I know very well that all kinds of gunky stuff (kids included) go in shopping carts - leaking packages of raw meat, crushed up Goldfish from the kid before, pickled pigs feet. That's why I usually carry one of those shopping cart seat covers with me for the baby.

Still, while I'll admit that this is not exactly a logical jump, to me, a dog seems to cross the line.



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  • jrwachholz May 12, 2010

    Most stores don't allow animals, other than service animals, in stores to begin with, so it seems like the debate over having dogs in shopping carts is moot. In any case, I would prefer that dogs stay at home.

  • fcjackson May 11, 2010

    I vote yes for the doggies

  • nctennisfan May 11, 2010

    I would love to take my little dachshund with me to any store, but I won't. I won't because so many parents let their children run wild through stores. If it's a behavioral issue, my dog is more well behaved than most children.

    And I must admit too that I'd rather spend time with my dog than most people.

    "The moral progress of a society can be measured by the way its animals are treated.

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • cocker_mom May 11, 2010

    rebeccadavis81 for President.

    Nicely put.

  • scarletindurham May 11, 2010

    I'm sure that dog was cleaner than another person's child. Or think about this. A woman usually rests a large pocketbook in the front of the cart if a child is not there. That purse as been set down everywhere - including bathroom floors and sinks. The germs on EVERY shopping cart are atrocious - which is why they sell shopping cart covers. I don't have a problem with the dog.

  • rebeccadavis81 May 11, 2010

    I own three dogs, none of which are dirty or smelly. That being said, I would still not put any of them in a shopping cart, much less take them into a store in the first place. They are happy, well-balanced dogs who have no problem staying at home when I have to run to Target. It is not safe for them to be in a shopping cart to begin with. Furthermore, I have respect for other shoppers who may not want to be around my dogs. People bring their dogs into my place of business all the time, and it drives the employees bananas. Not to mention the fact that it makes the other customers uncomfortable. Unless you have a service dog, leave them at home! I love my dogs more than what is probably healthy, and even I know that it is not cruel to leave them at home. Besides that, you pet toting people look like complete loons.

  • JayJay May 11, 2010

    no dogs

  • LibertarianTechie May 11, 2010

    I doubt this was a service animal, otherwise it would not have been in the shopping cart. The dog, should not have been in the store to begin with. Sarah, you and this other human have placed the safety of yourself and many others in jeopardy by allowing this animal into the store. Dogs and cats, if not taken car of properly, can be very disgusting animals. Keep your animals at home!!

  • busyb97 May 11, 2010

    "Target isn't a grocery store"

    Most of them now are indeed grocery stores. Not all, but the Target Greatlands are "midway" to a superstore. Super Targets definitely.

    Either way....yuck. Clean or not, animals do not have any business in any retail store other than maybe the pet stores that allow it. (This statement of course excludes guidedogs, etc). But a general pet...NO. Leave it at home or in the car responsibly.

  • cocker_mom May 11, 2010

    tward3 - guide and assistance dogs are allowed anywhere where their master is. Restaurants, grocery stores, airports and airplanes. While I specifically didn't say "they are ok in Target" - that right is protected by law and I am a huge proponent of that right, as well as the equal access and rights of the disabled.

    A person's "right" to bring little designer dog Zoe shipping in her Birkin Bag at Target is not protected by this law.

    As someone else also pointed out - service / assistance dogs don't sit in the cart. (where's that rolling eye emoticon when you need it)