Why are there so many dog stores? Around Town, posted by schnorres, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on Mar 30, 2009 at 10:02 am schnorres is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
first there not even dog stores they're places to buy dog food and dog stuff and second there are around eight dog stores with one recently opened at the mall I'm just wondering am I the only one who thinks it ridiculous?
Posted by downtown shopper, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 30, 2009 at 5:41 pm
I would have no problem with the dog stores except that they have attracted a huge number of dogs and stupid dog owners downtown. Last week I counted about a dozen at the farmer's market -- where they are prohibited by law. I watched a dog owner allow their pet to leave several large piles in the middle of the sidewalk which a little kid promptly stepped in. The dog owner knew the dog did that becuase two people pointed it out and they just kept walking! No wonder some of us hate to see dogs around town. I was going to have dinner at a restaurant and eat on the sidewalk. The restaurant owner allowed someone to sit with their dog, inside the fence -- again, not allowed by health laws -- so I went elsewhere. Come on people, you may love your dogs but some of us are tired of stepping over their mess and being expected to put up with their noses in our crotch because "he's just being friendly, he likes you!"
Posted by Dublinmike, a resident of Dublin, on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:18 pm
"downtown shopper", while I agree with you about dog owners, the issue is about pet stores in nearby vicinities. I think Pleasanton should have stores more conveniently located in this town. The stores do attract owners and their dogs for special events, such as rabbie shots. Otherwise, with the two stores we have in west Dublin I have not seen a problem.
Regarding your story about dogs at public events, I made it a point to email our city of Dublin about our St. Patrick day's festivities and allowing dogs to walk through the crowds. To my surprise, I was emailed back saying that dogs were not allowed and that they were planning to get the message out there not to bring dogs. Except for the 5k Fun/Run, there were no dogs. I too have had a dog stick their nose on my leg and elsewhere and have "stupid" owners act as nothing was wrong.
For the dog lovers out there, my issue is not with dogs, as that I have owned one. It's you. The dogs do what they are naturally inclined to do, that is, to sniff and do their business. But, when you let your "friendly" dog get out of control or worse, your "puppy" jumps on my 5-year old daughter, then I have an issue with you, not the dog. Needless to say, we had an ugly incident when the puppy owner came to its rescue because I was trying to keep it off my daughter. And, to add insult, some other dog owner came to his support! At that point I realized that some dog owners are nuts. In the meantime, 10 years later, my daughter still has a fear of dogs.
In the meantime, please feel free to come to Dublin to visit our pet stores.
Posted by Responsible dog owner, a resident of another community, on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:53 pm
To downtown shopper, get your facts straight - its not against any health laws, city ordnances or state laws for me to sit outside and eat when I have my dogs. I am a dog owner and frequent the downtown P-town restaurants, my dogs lay under my table quietly while I spend my money and enjoy my dinner, I would never let people near my dogs or my dogs near people, if you have a problem with dogs being in a public place then you might want to consider not going there, if your problem is with their irresponsible owners then speak up, don’t let them get away with it, I respect your town and always pick up after my dogs and will continue to spend my money there and yes I tell stupid dog owners to pick up after their dogs.
Posted by downtown shopper, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 31, 2009 at 8:25 am
Responsible dog owner -- you need to make a call to the county health inspector. It is NOT legal to have pets, other than licensed service animals, in any area of a restaurant inside or outside where food is served. And forget about pointing out bad behavior to dog owners. As I said, that was done by two people last weekend and the owner told the second one to F+++ O++! Hardly the kind of comment the little kid should have heard right before stepping in the mess. My sister was bitten in the face by a puppy who was "just being friendly" and has had scars, physical and emotional, for all of her life. Dogs are great companions when not forced onto people who do not choose to be around them. It is getting to be more trouble than it is worth to shop downtown when the dogs outnumber the people. I find it strange that for a so-called family town there are so many dog stores and the only kid's store is closing.
I was told by the county health inspector that they are too short handed to visit every restaurant to cite them for dogs being near the food. However, they said that if I want to take a picture and email it to them they will be happy to cite the owner of the restaurant. Think about whether it is worth it to have your favorite restaurant fined. And restaurant owners, you should think about it before letting people bring dogs into the eating area.
Posted by Lucky guy, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on Mar 31, 2009 at 8:38 am
I miss a downtown hardware store and a shoe repair shop. Downtown had character, now it is just plastic--banks, restaurants, restaurnats, banks, restaurants, oh yeah nail salons and nick knack shops......boring.
Posted by another person, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 31, 2009 at 12:04 pm
I agree! There is NO WAY that someone let their dog "go" on the sidewalk during the farmers market. That alone might be possible, but to say that they were confronted by numerous people and the guy simply "just kept walking", thats ridiculous.
PS Downtown shopper- Just something to think about. Give us a discription of this imaginary dog owner (and a description of his dog) so everyone will know who he is. And everyone can tell him how they feel about his bad habits. Then he won't be able to visit downtown until he acts responsibly.
OR--The next time you see someone commit a CRIME in downtown and then verbally assault multiple people, try calling the police and give them a license plate number or address. I bet the PD would have loved to have talked to this dog owner!
Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Mar 31, 2009 at 5:04 pm
I will be the first person to say that irresponsible dog owners give those of us who take the responsibility seriously a bad name. It pisses me off to no end!
However, I will also tell you that I will NEVER take my dogs downtown -- not because of the things cited here, but because of the general shift in attitude that has occurred in this town when it comes to pets, not to mention common curtsey to other human beings. People gripe about badly behaved dogs and/or their owners, but what about those of us who have to put up with your badly behaved children?
Perhaps we all need to learn a little patience, mixed with a dash of tolerance. It might be a happier world if we did.
Posted by Dan, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Mar 31, 2009 at 7:53 pm
People need to just relax. Downtown Pleasanton is for everyone to enjoy and I find it refreshing on a nice day to see families, kids, adults and even dogs strolling down our Main Street. Heck, we even have a dog parade downtown during one of the First Wednesday Street Fairs. I enjoy walking downtown on Saturday mornings and enjoying a cup of coffee with my dog at my side, and to classify all dog owners as irresponsible is ignorant at best. True, dogs are not allowed in Farmers Market and they are suppossed to be outside the fences at restaurants, but really let's not go turn in our local businesses. Instead "Downtown Shopper" from earlier post why dont you speak politely with the maanger/owner and share your concerns.
Dog owners should show respect for others and those who do not like dogs need to show a little tolerance. We can all enjoy and exist in Pleasanton together.
As for the Dog supply stores, this is a booming business and congrats to those who had foresight to open shops as they are reaping the rewards. I would rather have Murphy's Paw then another bank!
Posted by Peter, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on Apr 1, 2009 at 9:56 am
Nice post by Dan.
Some people treat their dogs like members of the family; that's why these stores exist. It's a shame that an irresponsible dog owner can ruin things for the rest of us, but they are simply a microcosm of society. We have irresponsible parents, irresponsible kids, irresponsible humans. Heck—even irresponsible message board contributors. But most of us are considerate, responsible citizens and we value Pleasanton.
As for the topic "why are there so many dog stores?" I'm confused. There's a feed store off Bernal, a dog store on Main Street, and another at the Mall. The dog bakery is closing shop. 3 stores doesn't seem like a large number for Pleasanton.
Posted by Downtown Supporter, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 1, 2009 at 3:04 pm
Downtown Pleasanton has seen some big changes over the last year, but changes can be good. It is sad to see businesses leave, especially businesses like Doodlebugs. But we have to remember why they are leaving. Stores only stay in business if they are making enough money to survive. They only make money if we support them. I am not suggesting that keeping a store open is our responsibility 100%. A store owner has to keep their store looking great, maintain good employees and keep merchandise in that is appealing. There is no longer a market in downtown for a shoe repair store, but I think an old fashioned hardware store would do great.
Here is some good news. The Pleasanton Hotel is reopening on July 1. It will become The Farmer restaurant. I hear it will be more family style, which is great to hear since I have kids. The old antique building is being filled soon with two new tenants. We are getting our first single winery tasting room in May and a new toy store in early July. Don't give up on Downtown. It is like other downtowns, it has to go through ups and downs. Overall, it is a family friendly environment for everyone in the family, including the dogs.
Posted by Dog owner, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on Apr 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm
Ok, I'll weigh in.
First, if the amount of dog shops is a concern, understand several things. It's a capitalistic society, and as the baby boomer demographic has aged, so has the dog ownership, thus the growth of pet related businesses. It could be worse with empty store fronts abounding in our community.
Second, as mentioned, it is against the health code to have an animal where food is served. This includes general merchandise stores, like Target, Walmart and the like. Which by the way is an irritation to see small dogs, tea cup dogs and the owners appearing like they are unaware this is not appropriate. This being said, I would much rather have a dog nearby on the patio of a restaurant that is well behaved, quiet, and congenial than adolescence that are not disciplined or monitored by their parents. Yes, I am a parent as well, and I do expect my children to be courteous, respectful and well-behaved in public.
Which brings me to my last point. Dog owners, like parents, are responsible for the actions of their pets as well as their children. Both should behave in a manner in which does not infringe on others while in public. This includes picking up the defecation of your pet......as an owner it appalls me that other owners leave it on the ground or in a bag as if it is someone else's responsibility.
I welcome more children and dogs on Main Street as this exemplifies several reasons why we live in a wonderful community like Pleasanton.