I doubt all of America would be ready for this concept, but a grocery store in Italy is equipping shopping carts with designated dog compartments.
The owner of the Unes store in the city of Liano said he made part of his shopping cart fleet dog friendly so dog owners would no longer have to worry about leaving their pets in cars, or tied up outside the store.
“The owners of small dogs can now avoid having to leave them outside, giving them peace of mind to take all the time they need to make their purchases,” Gianfranco Galantini told La Repubblica.
He fitted some of his fleet with a partitioned section with a solid bottom, allowing dogs to sit at the front of the cart (where the view is best).
How many germs might a dog leave in a grocery cart? Probably far fewer than nose-picking toddlers do.
Small dogs are legally allowed to enter stores like Unes as long as they are kept under control.
Galantini said the adapted carts are cleaned after each use — and so far there have no problems or complaints.
To the contrary, the carts have been so popular with customers that the grocery chain is considering introducing them at other branches.
(Photo: Lucia Landoni / La Repubblica)
Posted by John Woestendiek April 12th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
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