When shop­ping, leave your dogs at home

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To all dog own­ers, leave your dogs at home when you come to Lowe’s Home Im­prove­ment Stores. To my knowl­edge, Lowe’s has not posted signs at the door stat­ing they are pet friendly and there are many of us who do not own dogs and who don’t want to be around your dog while we shop. And I am not speak­ing of ser­vice dogs, which serve a nec­es­sary ser­vice to the owner and are trained to be around peo­ple.

I am bring­ing this mat­ter to your at­ten­tion be­cause I am see­ing an in­creas­ing num­ber of you bring­ing your dogs into the La Plata store. Do you as­sume all li­a­bil­i­ties if your dog bites a cus­tomer? Do the Charles County or state of Mary­land de­part­ments of health know that you’re bring­ing your dogs into the store and, in some cases, put­ting them in the shop­ping carts? Should you bring your dog un­in­vited into a re­tail store and to be near other cus­tomers who may be al­ler­gic to dog hair or dan­der?

A cou­ple of ir­ri­tat­ing in­stances in re­cent months: I saw a cou­ple with a large dog on a leash in the win­dow treat­ment aisle. While they were look­ing at cur­tains, the dog was stand­ing on the other side of the aisle look­ing around and block­ing the aisle. Am I sup­posed to ask the dog to ex­cuse me while I pass? I was in a hard­ware aisle look­ing at items on one side and when I turn around, a dog is sniff­ing my behind while the dog’s owner is on the other side of the aisle. I don’t own a dog and I don’t want an­other’s dog smelling me. I was a bit sur­prised at the en­counter and the owner’s lack of apol­ogy for her dog sniff­ing me up while I shopped. I saw a man at the store en­trance pick up his large dog and sit it in a shop­ping cart. Was the dog sick? And I have seen many smaller dogs sit­ting in carts, es­pe­cially in the chil­dren’s seat area. I know the carts are not too san­i­tary to start with, but now many carts are even less so.

Let your dogs out into your own fenced yard, take your dogs on a leash for a walk in the park where there’s plenty of open space, take your dogs to pet stores, but leave your dogs (or any other pet) at home when you come to Lowe’s. Ricky Gib­son, La Plata

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