I'm sure everyone has heard that all Home Depots across Canada are banning dogs in their stores as of May 16th because of one (albeit very serious) incident that happened in one of their stores with a shit-zoo dog a few weeks ago.
It is such a shame that they have made such a strong decision on the basis of one incident in one store on one day, when I'm sure that over the past many years there have been 100's, maybe 1000's of companion dogs come in with their owners into their stores with no incidents whatsoever - and no fuss was made whatsover - exept that they made a lot of money from the dog owners who chose to spend their money in Home Depot because they could bring their dogs in with them when they shopped there - unlike other building supply stores like Kent Building Supplies here in the Halifax area.
I know that I personally will not be shopping at Home Depot anymore now that they don't allow dogs in their stores - because I spend my money politicically - and I've talked about that before.
I spend my money in stores where I can take my dog in with me - and I let that store know that that's why I'm shopping there. I have chosen to have a lifestyle where I spend as much time as I can with my canine life companion - and I know a lot of other people who are exactly like me - we are a niche consumer market that tends to have a generally higher than average disposable income - and smart retailers have realized this - and actually market to us.
It's a shame that Home Depot has forgotten about that. Hopefully their bottom line will catch up with them in the coming months.
I have a page for building supplies stores on my website where you can see other local retailers who are dog friendly - losing Home Depot as a dog friendly business won't affect our ability to buy our building supplies while still spending quality time with our dogs - we'll just be given money to smarter retailers! haha!
On another note - the Home Depot incident shows once again that breed specific legislation would not have stopped the attack at that store - it was a small breed dog who did the damage - dangerous dog legislation is what would have worked in that town - even small dogs have teeth, and bad dispositions and can do damage and any unknown dog should be approached with caution.
I wouldn't touch your 2 year old child - why would you run up and touch my little dog? Give me the same respect, and there would be a lot less problems in this world. Common sense really has been lost I think sometimes.