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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 01-08-2008, 11:27 AM   #31
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OK, my reason for disliking dogs in purses is a bit different than most of the responses I see here. I don't care how tiny a dog is, it should still be treated like a DOG not a stuffed toy. They have legs for a reason.

I don't have a problem with either dogs or cats in public places, even in restaurants. However, I would be watching to see that the place they are in is clean. After all, lets face it, how many of us cook in a kitchen with a dog hovering nearby hoping you drop something? Or a cat who quite probably leaps on to the counter when you aren't looking. (I know I have come home to find a bag of bagels completely decimated by the cat)
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Old 01-08-2008, 11:56 AM   #32
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I feel sorry for the dog! But then I guess maybe it's no different than the Pekinese dog being carried around in the sleeves of their owners.
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:04 PM   #33
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I've carried my little guy around in a gym bag and taken him places.

He'll fit in a soft carrier to take on an airplane with me, though I've never done it.

It's not the dog-in-purse thing that I object to. It's dog-as-accessory that I find horrifying. Dogs are intelligent living creatures, not some kind of disposable adornment for your outfit.
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:16 PM   #34
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I carry a dog in my purse. Heh. (not really)

It doesn't really 'bother' me. I think it's a little bit strange, but I used to think it was a little strange that my aunt/uncle family used to bring their little dog with them when they came to visit us. We never took ours anywhere, so I guess I'm just seeing this latest trend as an extension of that, and it's become something of a fashion statement... I guess.
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Old 01-08-2008, 01:29 PM   #35
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I've carried my little guy around in a gym bag and taken him places.

He'll fit in a soft carrier to take on an airplane with me, though I've never done it.

It's not the dog-in-purse thing that I object to. It's dog-as-accessory that I find horrifying. Dogs are intelligent living creatures, not some kind of disposable adornment for your outfit.
jennyemma, you put very succinctly my thoughts exactly, the dog-as-accessory that I find annoying.
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Old 01-08-2008, 01:50 PM   #36
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Next Thanksgiving we can expect you to bring your dog then! Isabella would love the company.
Cubbie is all for it--he has seen Isabella's picture!

I agree with the "dogs as an accessory" opinions. If putting your teeny dog in a comfortable bag protects him/her from being trampled to death in crowded situations I don't see a problem with that.

I try to think about others also, but I don't worry about it so much at PetSmart since they are allowed there. Someone with allergies might be a little inconvenienced by having to go to another store, but fortunately I don't think too many people (percentage-wise) are allergic to dogs.

This is off-topic but it touches on the behavior of pets in public--They have a cheap rabies clinic once a year in each of the towns in my county. When I just had one, I took my cat a couple times (in her carrier). I didn't like the way they did it. They had all the animals in one long line. Everything from kittens to pitbulls. The first year I went there were no problems. The second (and last) time I went a pitbull attacked another dog in line (he was on a leash but attacked the dog right next to them in line) and one person's cat ran off when they took it out of the carrier. They got it back, but if mine had ever gotten loose we would have never gotten her back because she was so scared of strangers (The clinic was done at the gazebo at a public park downtown). If they are going to have those clinics, they should have a line for large dogs and a line for small/medium dogs and cats. The idea is good--the implementation isn't always so good.

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Old 01-08-2008, 01:50 PM   #37
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I don't care how tiny a dog is, it should still be treated like a DOG not a stuffed toy. They have legs for a reason.


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I feel so much better that it's not just me! Thank you all for having the common sense to train your dogs. And to expand on one of the earlier postings, I have a relative who did choose her dogs over her child. The father now has the child full time and the mother has her prized dogs. Very very sad indeed.

And while we're on the subject, here's my very well behaved girl:
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What a cutie jkath! Cubbie wants to meet her too! He is such a social dog!

Yes it is so sad that someone would choose her dogs over her children. I have heard of that happening before too. Those people should be ashamed of themselves.

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Old 01-08-2008, 03:53 PM   #39
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In a word.......YES! However I don't see a lot of that here. On a recent flight from Huntington W. Va. to Atlanta there was a person with a dog in a bag...On the plane!!!
How did that get by??? The flight attendant freaked, but stayed cool. At 10,000 feet and climbing whatch gonna do!!!
How in the heck did that pooch ever get through the security X-ray?
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Old 01-08-2008, 04:28 PM   #40
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How in the heck did that pooch ever get through the security X-ray?
That was my question AuntDot....It seems however after seeing this thread and doing some reading, Most airlines (a few don't) allow for it as long as it fits into a carry on bag!!! There is suppose to be a $50 charge each way(Delta Airlines) but I think this lady "smuggled" it on board! Like I said, the flight attendant was not amused, but said nothing. The little dog stayed stuffed inside the bag, and out of sight during the 1 hour + flight.
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