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Old 02-20-2012, 06:12 PM
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Epic comes everywhere with me. I have had ZERO issues. I take her to the mall, hair salon (the prices we pay there, nobody would DARE say your dog can't come and sit in your lap) and even cafes and restaurants. If people can have screaming, pooping kids at their table, I can certainly have a little dog sitting quietly in a carrier next to me.

We often walk along the boardwalk by the water, then pop in somewhere for lunch.

The only places I don't take her are:

- Movies. I want to not have to leave mid-movie, for any reason.
- Clubs/bars. When I am out at places like that, I'm there with my husband, and I focus on him.
- Greyhound buses. Yeah, they'll leave you at the next stop if you have a dog with you. Very inflexible. Ironically (being named "Greyhound" and all).
- Really fancy restaurants, for the same reason I don't take her to clubs.

If we are traveling then she'll often come with me even to movies/clubs/fancier restaurants because I don't want to leave her in the hotel (where she usually isn't a registered guest, haha) but that's the exception.

ETA: You asked for tips. Well, I just use REALLY inconspicuous carriers in plain colours (black, brown) and walk in like I am doing nothing wrong. Never had anything said. Heck, in the health food store a lady brough her lab in on a leash and when she was told to leave she plain said "I certainly will not leave my dog tied out in the sidewalk - anything could happen to him!" then proceeded to get her items, checked out, and that was that. So I don't believe anyone will give me a hard time with Epic when there are people like that around. More power to her!

Just avoid mesh sided carriers, bright colours, and anything with paw prints on it. Also, teach your dog to love the carrier and be quiet in it. Take her around in it A LOT in places where she is welcome (keep her in the carrier in PetSmart most of the time at first) and then when she's reliably quiet and calm, you can start taking her to the corner store, etc.

Believe me, you are more aware of the fact that you have a dog than anyone else is. Just internalize that you're doing nothing wrong (she is in a carrier, nobody will be any more likely to have an allergic reaction to her than to your clothes on your back) and remember that in most major cities around the world, it is a non issue.

If anyone ever came up to me, I'd apologize and say "oh I'm sorry, I just moved here from Europe and it is a non-issue there. It won't happen again." LOL

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Old 02-20-2012, 07:16 PM
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I take mine almost everywhere! I even took them to the Neurologists office ( he's an hour away and I'm there usually an hour and you never know about the traffic retuning...I don't like leaving them more than 4 hours) and no one said anything-- other than several "oh how sweet" whispers here and there!

Then they have been to the grocery, many lunch places, the mall-- but it's the inside/ outside kind, home depot...and the list goes on!

I'll post a pic of my carrier later today...gotta get back to work now
Great to know!!! I feel so bad leaving her home alone for long periods of time (usually not gone that long, but ya never know!). I have been so tempted to bring her to class with me - I'm a full time student - but haven't gotten myself to be daring enough to try it yet. Of course only certain teachers would be accepting of it - I'm sure some of the more strict ones would kick me & my Ote right out of class - LOL! Looking forward to seeing your carrier - I think I'm going to add a picture of mine to this thread as well. It's black leather sided but the "thin" edges and the top are mesh.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:22 PM
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Epic comes everywhere with me. I have had ZERO issues. I take her to the mall, hair salon (the prices we pay there, nobody would DARE say your dog can't come and sit in your lap) and even cafes and restaurants. If people can have screaming, pooping kids at their table, I can certainly have a little dog sitting quietly in a carrier next to me.

We often walk along the boardwalk by the water, then pop in somewhere for lunch.

The only places I don't take her are:

- Movies. I want to not have to leave mid-movie, for any reason.
- Clubs/bars. When I am out at places like that, I'm there with my husband, and I focus on him.
- Greyhound buses. Yeah, they'll leave you at the next stop if you have a dog with you. Very inflexible. Ironically (being named "Greyhound" and all).
- Really fancy restaurants, for the same reason I don't take her to clubs.

If we are traveling then she'll often come with me even to movies/clubs/fancier restaurants because I don't want to leave her in the hotel (where she usually isn't a registered guest, haha) but that's the exception.

ETA: You asked for tips. Well, I just use REALLY inconspicuous carriers in plain colours (black, brown) and walk in like I am doing nothing wrong. Never had anything said. Heck, in the health food store a lady brough her lab in on a leash and when she was told to leave she plain said "I certainly will not leave my dog tied out in the sidewalk - anything could happen to him!" then proceeded to get her items, checked out, and that was that. So I don't believe anyone will give me a hard time with Epic when there are people like that around. More power to her!

Just avoid mesh sided carriers, bright colours, and anything with paw prints on it. Also, teach your dog to love the carrier and be quiet in it. Take her around in it A LOT in places where she is welcome (keep her in the carrier in PetSmart most of the time at first) and then when she's reliably quiet and calm, you can start taking her to the corner store, etc.

Believe me, you are more aware of the fact that you have a dog than anyone else is. Just internalize that you're doing nothing wrong (she is in a carrier, nobody will be any more likely to have an allergic reaction to her than to your clothes on your back) and remember that in most major cities around the world, it is a non issue.

If anyone ever came up to me, I'd apologize and say "oh I'm sorry, I just moved here from Europe and it is a non-issue there. It won't happen again." LOL
Good point about the hair salon - LOL! I work at a children's salon & I often bring her into work with me, the littles love her. Thank you so much for your detailed answer - it's been a huge help!! My carrier, unfortunately, is mesh sided on the top and "thin" sides. I've been thinking about purchasing a liner though, that would cover the mesh on the sides - leaving the top open for air. It's black and doesn't resemble a carrier at all other than the mesh! My mom got it for me for Christmas & said that she had to ask the pet store manager if it was really meant for a dog because it was nicer than her purse! Haha!! I love your excuse if anyone were to say anything to you - might have to use that one myself!!!
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:08 PM
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My husband and I went to Wilmington, NC to visit some family last year. We took her into Target with us because we didn't want to just leave her in our hotel room; and as we were in line at a register, the store manager told us we couldn't have her in there. She was in her backpack and absolutely quiet. So that's one store that won't for sure...just in case you ever go there. He said it was because they had food in there. I haven't taken her to any stores since and hadn't previously either. I know she'd be too excited for her own good at a restaurant, so that's out as well as going out to movies and events. Although this summer, we'll probably take her to some outdoor music events. I think certain neighborhoods are okay with it in Chicago, but I'm not sure of which ones.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:57 PM
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So let's see if this works...
So just click the pic to see larger version...can't seem to get it to resize appropriate and show up







I love this carrier because I can carry 2 dogs at once ( I got the large size) and it is very hard to see inside even though the sides are mesh. I have 2 colors as you can see. It is also airline approved. Now I am looking for a more dressy purse version ( LS posted a great one, just waiting to see how she likes it) for when I want to be even more incognito!

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Oh... I like that.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:36 PM
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First of all, WELCOME to the forum Aly!!!

Now, the most important thing about carrying your pup is to
ensure she is safe. Certain carrier styles don't close well, so
your dog can slip right out. Also remember to always attach
the little "leash" that is inside your carrier to her harness for
added safety.

When you do take your pup out in the carrier don't forget that
she is not an accessory, let her walk to and from the destination,
to ensure that she actually gets some exercise instead of just
sitting in a hot bag all day.

As for where to take her, well that is up to you. You can sneak her
into the places you mentioned and worse comes to worst if someone
tells you no dogs are allowed you simply apologize and leave, no big
deal.

Make sure you bring a bottle of water for your pup, and a little food
if you are planning on being out long.

Have fun with your pup on your outings, use this time to exercise her,
to socialize her and to bond!
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:57 PM
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Thank you. Very good information.

My Paco still uses potty pads so I also make sure I take one in a zip lock bag so he can potty wherever we go. I will be glad when the weather warms up here so he can learn to potty on the grass but it is still hovering around freezing temps here.
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