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“We’re Doggie Daycare, Ma’am … DOGGIE Daycare”

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WHEN I WAS with a doggie daycare in Atlanta, we had someone call in and get through all of our questions, including making sure that she had the Bordetella vaccination, which we clarified to be kennel cough. She had said yes and had no issues. When we got to the age of the “dog,” we found her to be over our age that required to be altered. So we asked if she had been spayed, and the client on the phone seemed very confused and asked us to clarify. We then said have they been altered? Unable to reproduce. The mother freaked out and started yelling. There was no way she would do that to her baby! And it was totally inappropriate we would ever suggest it! She went on, and my employee on the phone started to realize: She’s not talking about a dog. She thought we were human daycare. — Annabell Bivens, The Dog Store by Your Dog’s Best Friends, Alexandria, VA

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This Lady Walked In Our Pet Store and Complained of Dog Allergy

But the signs say it all!

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WE ARE A pet supply store and a pet-friendly coffee shop. Our signage clearly states that. We even have a sign right on the door that says “Pets Welcome.” Our window displays are all dog-centric, so what we do is very obvious. We had a lady walk in one day. She started heading to the coffee shop side and saw two of our dogs just hanging out. She huffed, turned on her heels and said quite loudly as she started heading out, “Well! I’m allergic to dogs!” I don’t know where we sent a mixed message that there would be no dogs on premise, but apparently that is what she expected! — Wendy Megyese, Muttigans, Emerald Isle, NC

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True Tales: This Pet-Business Owner Declined the Role of a Lifetime

She offered a consolation prize to no avail.

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A LADY CALLED saying that she was in town to celebrate her husband’s major birthday. For his birthday, she wanted to hire a groomer for her husband because he was into “role playing.” Although my staff and I declined the invitation, I did give her a price to rent out my business after hours. I never heard back. — Leel Michelle, Bow Wow Beauty Shoppe, San Diego, CA

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Poop Thief: Customer Tries to Pocket Gag Cardholder

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A lady tried to steal my fake dog poop cardholder because she was grossed out and offended. I caught her taking my cards out and trying to put it in her pocket book. Heck, for 8 bucks, I’d sell her one! — Eric Mack, Purrrfect Bark, Columbus, NC

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