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We have a couple of locally owned stores here that have shop dogs, these are the best behaved and trained dogs ever. One store is a copy/printing store and the other is a small boutique. This is a college town and you never know what you will see!

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On 1/23/2014 Bonnieshores said:

Look, yes, some people treat their dogs as humans but I haven't met them. I don't put lipstick on my dog and I don't have theoretical discussions with her, nor require her to keep her elbows off the table. She is free to run and play and be goofy. Her job in this world is to live a life of frivolity as far as I am concerned and she does. However, like most dogs, she has assigned herself the duty of protecting me, not that she actually could as she is too small. But that's what she feels she should do even though I would never expect or want that.

She is not my surrogate child. She is however someone I love beyond words. She does not understand why I might feel the way I do at any given moment but she understands that I do feel and she will snuggle with me if she senses sadness. She will pick up on a light and joyous mood if I'm in one. Her brain does not process the way mine does but it does process and we have developed a relationship that is not mother and daughter but caretaker and her keep. It is close..it is gratifying and it is love. It is human and dog and it goes back thousands of years.

If I prefer her over people, it is sad....you are right. But that is due to my own experiences and if I ever found a human who had one tenth the loyalty, one tenth the altruistic tendencies, one tenth the exuberance on seeing me walk through that door as I do day after day, then perhaps I would feel differently. I do not hate people. I do not hate children. But I find that being with a loving creature who has no hate, who has no agenda, who is more pure of heart than I could ever hope to be is wrong, then so be it. She is a treasure. I would not treat her as a human because she isn't one. I do however treat her as a gift, as a blessing, as an enhancement and ultimate joy in my life because she is all that and she deserves no less.

What I don't understand is why humans must always qualify that our species is more deserving of consideration and good care than animals. There's room for everyone, isn't there?

ITA, Beautifully written.

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I was in the Nordstrom at the Grove in LA shopping, I would frequently see dogs in the store. Once a lady had a Maltese that is was dyed lavender with purple ears. She had a Color coordinated outfit is well. That was surprising, but the topper was the Maltese was dyed to match the owner. Yes, the owner is hair was also colored lavender and she was wearing an outfit that coordinated with her dog. I had to have a conversation with her to find out just what was going on. She said she changed her dog's color every six weeks. I have a Maltese as well. In fact he was right across the street at my apartment. It never crossed my mind wants to take him to the department store. I only take him to stores that are for pets. Certainly not to a restaurant.
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On 1/23/2014 Bonnieshores said:

Look, yes, some people treat their dogs as humans but I haven't met them. I don't put lipstick on my dog and I don't have theoretical discussions with her, nor require her to keep her elbows off the table. She is free to run and play and be goofy. Her job in this world is to live a life of frivolity as far as I am concerned and she does. However, like most dogs, she has assigned herself the duty of protecting me, not that she actually could as she is too small. But that's what she feels she should do even though I would never expect or want that.

She is not my surrogate child. She is however someone I love beyond words. She does not understand why I might feel the way I do at any given moment but she understands that I do feel and she will snuggle with me if she senses sadness. She will pick up on a light and joyous mood if I'm in one. Her brain does not process the way mine does but it does process and we have developed a relationship that is not mother and daughter but caretaker and her keep. It is close..it is gratifying and it is love. It is human and dog and it goes back thousands of years.

If I prefer her over people, it is sad....you are right. But that is due to my own experiences and if I ever found a human who had one tenth the loyalty, one tenth the altruistic tendencies, one tenth the exuberance on seeing me walk through that door as I do day after day, then perhaps I would feel differently. I do not hate people. I do not hate children. But I find that being with a loving creature who has no hate, who has no agenda, who is more pure of heart than I could ever hope to be is wrong, then so be it. She is a treasure. I would not treat her as a human because she isn't one. I do however treat her as a gift, as a blessing, as an enhancement and ultimate joy in my life because she is all that and she deserves no less.

What I don't understand is why humans must always qualify that our species is more deserving of consideration and good care than animals. There's room for everyone, isn't there?

I understand what you're saying on one level, bonnie, and you sound like a wonderful pet owner.

We should treat all animals with the utmost care and consideration. Absolutely. But for me, humans do take priority. If given the horrible choice of having to save either a human or an animal, I would choose the human.

We are humans living in a society of humans. There is a difference between us and other species. That's just a fact that can't be wished away because we love our pets.

And yes, this discussion has veered away from the question about dogs in hair salon, hasn't it? Smile


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The more I get to know people, the more I like my dog. Someone famous said that, or something like that. Anyone remember who it was?
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On 1/23/2014 florey said: The more I get to know people, the more I like my dog. Someone famous said that, or something like that. Anyone remember who it was?


"The more I know about people, the better I like my dog." Mark Twain

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I'm a dog lover, have 3 myself, but there is a time and place for everything. Dogs have no business being in a hair salon. When somebody trips and falls over the mutt or it bites someone and the salon owner is libel, I bet the dog will be invited to stay home. I don't even allow my dogs in the kitchen when I'm cooking because every time I turn around there is one in my way. They all know what, "get out of the kitchen" means.
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Honestly, I don't mind having dogs there at all, they don't bother anyone , well not to the point of being annoying, dogs just like to first get familiar with their environment, then they do their own thing.. Children on the other hand can get loud.
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It pisses me off. Not everyone thinks your dog looks cute or smells nice. Not to mention allergies and not being able to breathe. Luckily, pets are banned in the salons I frequent.

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Really?! Get over it. You don't like it go somewhere else to get your hair done. OR if the client is there reschedule your appointment.