Hey Target - Keep Dogs Away From My Food

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I love my dog. I might even like yours, but I don't want my dog hair in my food and I sure as heck don't want your dog's hair in my food. 

This post is going to get me in trouble....oh dear, again? 

I do not understand why our dogs have suddenly become human? Why do they need to go everywhere we go? I love seeing our puppies out in parks, walking around town and on the beach chasing seagulls. But I do NOT want to see them in stores...and definitely not around food.

I took a visit to my local Target Store in Mission Viejo and stumbled over a large German Sheppard dripping hair. I know this because there was hair all over my pants. Pretty dog, shouldn't be in Target. 

I asked a Target employee and she said "we welcome fur babies at Target" with a smile. I suppose assuming I wanted to bring my own. 


So I turned to get the few items I needed and planned to get out of there. Heading to the food section, I watched as another shopper put food, including packages produce, into her shopping cart with her small dog in it. "Don't touch the meat Fluffy!" 

Then change her mind and put it back in the bin.


I left!

On my way out, another conversation with store personnel and a shrug. Ok....so I'll do my shopping elsewhere. I do not want other people's dog cooties on my food or clothes. 

What has happened? When did everyone become entitled to bring their dog everywhere? Leave them home.


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner that's so disgusting.... and that's another reason I go to a "butcher" to buy my meats....I never buy food from big chain stores like walmart and target.... even discount food chains like Maret Basket are not for me....I saw a woman in the bakery dept. opening a pastry box and take one out to eat.... I walked out of the store.....

animals do not belong in stores, with or without food...but especially when there's food being sold.... 

and food containers should be fully sealed to avoid people's dirty hands going into them....

THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN A FEATURED POST.... thanks for the good eyes, 

Kathy Streib 


Jan 02, 2016 08:27 PM #24
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

In Oregon service animals only, I see people breaking the rules all the time and it makes me experience "Ultimate Pisstivity". Usually a word to management with a threat of a call to the health division gets action. I would call your heath inspector.

Jan 02, 2016 09:23 PM #25
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Karen. I have never seen this. I have 4 rescues but they wouldn't be in a restaurant or shop with me.

Jan 02, 2016 09:23 PM #26
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

You won't get an argument from me on this topic.  Leave the dog at home.....Target missed the boat here, very stupid policy to allow dogs.

Jan 02, 2016 09:38 PM #27
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Karen, so glad Kathy Streib featured your post. This shouldn't be a gray area - companionship is irrelevant. Love to get a health inspectors take. 

Jan 02, 2016 11:08 PM #28
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Karen.  I am a dog lover - Diesel is my baby - but bullies and many dogs do shed and they really should not be in stores, especially those that sell food.  And, even those that don't shed should probably be home or in the park, but not in stores or restaurants.  But I must say that many dogs are much more well groomed and well behaved than some of the indulged children I have seen...OY!

Jan 03, 2016 12:49 AM #29
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thanks to Kathy Streib I am enjoying reading this post.  I agree with you.  Dogs should be dogs and not be allowed where food is sold.  I see making an exception for seeing eye dogs.  And I must say, that Joanna Cohlan makes a good point.  I have seen little human terrors at the market pawing food and throwing it back, etc.  A

Jan 03, 2016 12:54 AM #30
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm glad Kathy shared this...I agree with you. I wouldn't want dogs in the grocery store....and I'm glad I haven't seen any here.

Jan 03, 2016 07:53 AM #31
Susan Jacobsen
The Alliance Group Realty - Hilton Head Island, SC
20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service

Karen - THANKS to Kathy Streib for bringing your post to my attention. I totally agree with you and will even go one step farther- dogs do NOT enjoy crowds, they don't like burning their paws on the hot pavement at festivals, I just don't understand how this whole thing has overcome our consciousness. A service dog is critical for some people; our lovely pets are NOT children, and you are not going to tell me they like being in a grocery basket going to the store - and I really also don't like dog fur everywhere. Now I'll get in as much trouble as you are probably - but - really!

Jan 03, 2016 09:01 AM #32
John Ferrin
HomeSmart - Gilbert, AZ

I love (most of the time) our dog, but at the end of the day (over used cliche)she is JUST A DOG.  I completely agree with and if you get in trouble Karen, I will stand with you!

Jan 03, 2016 11:03 AM #33
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

You need to come to Carmel-by-the-Sea, known for its dog friendliness.Having said that, they are not allowed into restaurants, just their patios--oh, except for the Cypress Inn, the Doris Day hotel. There, dogs come all gussied up in their latest outfit for high tea and drinks at the bar. They don't allow dogs in some places, though, like the post office and into grocery stores. So you would be safe.

Jan 03, 2016 11:57 AM #34
Jill Moog
Coast & Country Homes and Estates, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad, CA Homes for Sale

Karen, I agree with you. I love, love, love dogs - I have 2 of my own. But I cringe when I see them in the grocery store. It is just gross.

Jan 03, 2016 12:23 PM #35
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Karen, I'm with you on this one. Like Barbara, I don't buy meat at Target or Walmart, but at my local grocer that does not allow dogs, except for service dogs. If I see a dog that is not a service dog, I will complain to the manager. I expect where I buy my food to be free of dog, and whatever comes off of a dog. Having said that, I was in Home Depot and someone let their dog run in the store unleashed and it peed on the floor, and I told one of the employees there was dog piss on the floor and someone might slip and fall on it, and he literally laughed. I don't think it's funny. How many times has Home Depot been sued? Quite a few. If I see Lowe's allowing dogs to run wild I may stop shopping there. I go to Home Depot only when Lowe's does not have what I need.

Another interesting tidbit of information: cockroaches love to eat dog poop, so owners who don't pick up their dog poop in their own backyard will have cockroaches because roaches would like nothing better than to come inside where it's warm. I'm sorry if I offend all the dog lovers, I think dogs are cute and smart as a two-year old and all that, but they are dirty. A friend's baby got worms because their dog licked its face all the time.

Jan 03, 2016 01:41 PM #36
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I love dogs however there is so much fraud with service and comfort animals. I saw a man with a parrot on his shoulder who was walking through a store and his jacket was full of white streaks; NASTY! 

I found this post through Kathy Streib's post... 

Jan 03, 2016 01:55 PM #37
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I love dogs as well but not in the grocery store. 

Jan 04, 2016 01:32 AM #38
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I think you can fairly blame this trend on the emotional support concept. I'd like to go on record in saying that I'm not against the concept since my family has an emotional support animal and I love everything about her. Still, like everything else that comes and goes in our great nation, going overboard seems part and parcel of finding our equilibrium.

Jan 04, 2016 03:47 AM #39
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Animals shouldn't be in a place that sells food (except in service animal situations). I had a friend once who let her cats climb all over the counters, the dining room table, the plates, wherever they wanted to go. There was cat hair everywhere. Yuck.

Jan 04, 2016 04:04 AM #40
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Fur babies is right!  I see dogs at Home Depot, for some reason.  I take my Molly dog into PetSmart, but that's about it.  

Jan 04, 2016 04:43 AM #41
David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

Hmmms, dog hair is just additional protein right?  Oh, but is it clean?  Funny post, I think I'm with you on this.  Next they'll be sitting at the bar, or better yet, playing poker with the boys at the bar.

Jan 04, 2016 08:50 AM #42
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner I am not a pet-person and this is not a good thing.

Pets are good at home, at park, walking around etc - not in the store....

Jan 06, 2016 01:21 PM #43
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