A three-fer, or really, a four-fer at
Lowes, West Hills, California, February 2014
(Yeah, I need to be better about posting these quicker.)
Two unrelated customers with their dogs in the garden section, with the girl leaning in for a basket and dragging her poor pooch along.
A lovely couple heads toward the lighting section, while Fifi hopes, “Maybe they’ll pick up a new doggie door for me - and ask a Lowe’s representative about expert installation!”
And here’s a fellow and his doggie in the lumber section, shot waaay at the other end of the aisle: Sadly, my zoom function only zooms so much. But even at that distance, it was clear that guy wasn’t happy about having his picture taken.
While Lowe’s does sell food, it’s mostly limited to candy bars at the registers. They’ve got concrete floors - there’s no carpet for dogs to pee (or worse!) on. So am I being a nit-picking hard-ass for including a home improvement store as a place I’m seeing Dogs Where There Shouldn’t Be Dogs?
Lowe’s themselves seems reluctant to take a stand on the issue, judging by this sign:
Noting that “Service Animals Permitted” seems a bit pointless. How many retail businesses are there where service animals aren’t permitted?
Most similar signage you’ll see on stores’ doors will note that only service animals are permitted. Looks like Lowe’s felt they had to include something about service animals on their doors, but didn’t want to go any further for fear of scaring away customers who can’t bear to tear themselves away from Tuffie long enough to run out and buy a can of interior high-gloss stain-resistant Arctic Mist enamel.