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View Poll Results: Do dogs in purses bother you?
Yes! Those doggies need to stay at home! 45 77.59%
No. I think it's super cute and adorable. 11 18.97%
I carry a dog in my purse. 2 3.45%
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Old 01-07-2008, 11:29 PM   #21
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My little Dove is so quiet and loves to ride in a bicycle basket attached to the front of my handicapped scooter. She just fits..if she gains anymore weight I'll pull her behind me in a wheel barrow!! LOL She is over 8 pounds and that is fat for a Chihuahua.
I'll bet that's the cutest sight, Marge! She doesn't try to jump out?

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Old 01-07-2008, 11:34 PM   #22
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You're right, Marge, 8 pounds is big for a chihuaha.......you need her to pull you around in the store..........

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Old 01-08-2008, 05:04 AM   #23
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My SIL (brother's wife) brings her dogs everywhere! The little one in a bag, the big one on a leash. Except to my house. She doesn't bring them anymore. :)
She likes her dogs more than children, she cringes when my kids want to play with the dogs. The children may dirty the dogs. ?????
She is not a Paris Hilton type, she's more of a tree-hugger hippie type. (I am not using that as a derogatory comment. Hold your tongue.)
If one of my kids were drowning next to one of her dogs, she'd let my kid go.
They are not having children, thank goodness.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
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Old 01-08-2008, 06:18 AM   #24
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It doesn't bother me to see a person with a dog in a carrier, whether it's a purse or the kind that straps to their belly. What bothers me is if they take their dog someplace where larger dogs that have to walk can't go. And if they don't get reminded of the law if they do. I don't believe in breed discrimination because a small dog is "cuter".

Petsmart type stores are great places to take your dog for socialization. They have a new, strange environment to deal with (carts, electric doors), they have new people to deal with and they have other pets to deal with. IMO this is why Europe is so far ahead of us as far as dogs are concerned. People can take their dogs anywhere, so they have to learn to behave and be social.
As long as you feel your dog is protected I wouldn't worry about it, but you do run a risk. The same risk you run sitting in a vet's waiting room with your pet.

If your dog can fit in a carry on bag (sherpa carrier), they can ride with the passengers on a plane. They are supposed to remain in the bag though. Lots of people travel with new puppies or small dogs this way. It keeps them out of the cargo hold and it's much cheaper. Typically shipping a dog cargo costs more than a person's plane ticket for the same flight.
Seems like there was something else I wanted to reply to...... oh well

Anyway, if a person wants to carry their pet to be with it, that's cool.
If the pet is just an ornament, that's not cool, but it should be the same laws for everybody.
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:23 AM   #25
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As I understand it, dogs and cats fall under the title of livestock. So does that mean a farmer could bring his cow or chicken with him to PetCo or the likes?!?! If the pigs fit in your purse could you take them into the store? Sorry, but pets belong at home unless they are there for your safety ie. seeing eye dogs.
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:34 AM   #26
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I don't think Petco sells cow or chicken feed, or sweaters for that matter , so a farmer would have no need to take these animals in there. Tractor Supply Co may be another story..... especially since they used to sell chickens.

Each state is different, but the ones I know about (which are quite a few) do NOT consider dogs or cats livestock. True, dog laws fall under agriculture, but they have their own section and regulations because they are not livestock. At least in countries that do not eat them for food. Cats are pretty much an afterthought with hardly any regulation.
That is why most states have Dog Law Officers (not to be confused with your county's animal control), but their duties are soley in dealing with dogs, shelters, kennels, but not farms or farm animals.

Hope this helps to separate the two.
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:39 AM   #27
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I don't have a problem with it as long as the dog is well cared for.

My 2 labs go just about everywhere with me that they are allowed.
They are also exceptionally well behaved when I tell them to be.
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Unfortunately, many people don't have the oomph to take the time
to train their dogs, so they have hounds that pull them around, run off
when the door opens, beg for food and generally act like dogs, LOL!

My white lab/retriever loves to go to PetSmart. Since they are vaccinated and
flea protected I am not worried.
She will sit in front of the bird cages without moving, except to whine every now and
then. Dog TV, LOL!

No one enjoys an ill-trained dog. Kudos to you for training your dogs well.
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:57 AM   #28
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years ago, before it was trendy or even done, I took Topeka, my Shihtzu, around everywhere. she was a rare little thing then, a runt to her breeders, way too small of a standard of her breed. she had separation anxiety so in my purse she always was. she even went to the salon with me everyday. everyone loved her and she'd sleep curled up in the owners purse, all day. in the market, to the restaurant, everywhere, she traveled with me in my purse.

I personally don't see it much unless you count in the rags.
I don't care though, it doesn't bother me. I think these poor little celebs are twisted sisters and if that makes them happy to have a tiny dog in tow, so be it. I don't care.
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:31 AM   #29
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That said, our dog loves to go for rides in the car with usBarbara
Next Thanksgiving we can expect you to bring your dog then! Isabella would love the company.

jkath - you had me spitting coffee with #4.

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Old 01-08-2008, 09:47 AM   #30
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I don't take my dog (border collie-german shepherd mix) out with me except to the occasional PetSmart errand and to the vet. If I'm going to pick up drive through or some other quick stop he'll ride in the back seat and wait in the car. My DH and older DS both are allergic to cats so we are mindful of other people's allergies. When you are out and about you don't know if the person in front of you in line or coming in the door beside you is allergic or not and depending on the severity of the allergy, you may cause them discomfort or worse. THEY don't expect to met with animals while shopping. I always warn folks coming to my house for the first time that I have a dog so if there is a problem we can maybe meet elsewhere. I extend the same courtesy to the folks Im shopping with by not forcing my dog on them.

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