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When are dogs allowed in stores?

When are dogs allowed in stores?

February 9th, 2019 by Heloise - Advice in Features

Dear Heloise: I don't like to see all these animals in the grocery store. One time I said something, and the person said, "I couldn't leave the animal at home."

I am allergic to animal fur and cannot find a store that doesn't have people bringing their dogs.

These aren't service dogs; they don't have vests, nor are they trained. Are there rules about this?—Roland D., Colorado Springs, Colo.

Roland, this subject is bound to get folks' ire up. You may be describing an emotional support animal. ESAs provide comfort in a general sense, but because they don't perform one designated task, they aren't endorsed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and they can be denied admittance to food stores, restaurants and other establishments.

Service animals are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. A service animal is specifically trained to help someone with a medical condition: blindness, most commonly. These animals are allowed in food stores, restaurants, etc.

Check out ADA.gov for more information.—Heloise



Dear Readers: Pamela G. in Menifee, Calif., sent a picture of her two furry family members, Chipper and William, in their dog beds, each with a new toy from "Santa Paws"! How did they know these toys were for them? Some kind of Santa Paws ESP, Pamela guesses.

To see these two cuties and our other Pet Pals, visit www.Heloise.com and click on "Pet of the Week." Pamela wishes us a "Yappy New Year!"—Heloise



Dear Readers: This time of year is a good time to repot houseplants, before the weather warms up and growth really takes off. Pick a pot that's slightly larger than the current pot. Begin fertilizing indoor plants when you see new growth.—Heloise



Dear Heloise: I save my mascara brush. I use it to clean the holes in my hummingbird feeder!—Martha in Azusa, Calif.

Martha, this is a great way to upcycle! These brushes can have strong bristles, sometimes of varying lengths. Other uses for the mascara wand:

  • Brush eyebrows into place.
  • Spray a bit of hair spray on the wand, and coax loose hairs back into a hair bun.
  • Dedicate one to cleaning the computer keyboard.—Heloise


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