Thursday, May 17, 2007

Pet's Welcome -- Kids, Not So Much.

Yesterday I picked the girls up from daycare a little early, and remembered that we needed to buy more cat food for our cat, Tabby.

I thought the girls would have a good time coming to PetSmart with me and seeing the birds, fishes, etc. After all, what kid doesn't like looking at pets in a pet store?

Unfortunately, I forgot about PetSmart's motto, "Pet's Welcome".

As we were waiting in line to buy the cat food, with me holding a 20-pound bag of "Meow Mix", a woman walked up behind us with a very large dog.

The girls screamed bloody murder.

They tried to climb up my leg as if their lives depended on it. And in their minds, their lives probably did depend on it.

What was most amusing was the reaction of the other customers, most of them carrying/walking their pets (mostly dogs) with them.

They looked annoyed, as if my girls had some nerve screaming over their dogs!

Kids not welcome.


Marine Wife said...

We've gotten similar reactions from dog owners. I don't understand why they don't understand that little kids are afraid of something that is bigger than them and looks like it could eat them!

Amy75 said...

You parents are so insensitive to pet owners. Do you know how many times I've had to put Bilbo outside because some kid might have an allergic reaction causing near death. Poor Bilbo has to watch the party from outside. Just kidding! I think people with dogs should be especially sensitive to kids - and adults. It's very intimidating walking next to large dogs. Luckily for me I live in the lap dog capital of the world! My big fear is stepping in dogsh*t!