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Old 09-15-2012, 10:12 PM
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1) Choke chains on puppies.
2) Fat puppies, more specifically, people thinking their growing puppy is way too skinny... when really, the puppy is either a bit pudgy or JUST RIGHT for a growing puppy.

What are yours?

(Someone came into the store today and managed to hit on both of these. I was kind of impressed by her ridiculousness. And then very sad.)
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:20 PM
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People who don't bother to do research before getting a puppy. There are two puppies from Chase's puppy class who are being rehomed because the owner's didn't do any research before buying the "oh, so cute!" puppy. One is a wheaten terrier and the other is a jack russell.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:24 PM
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- The term "fur babies"

- Who needs training? Stick a gentle leader/easy walk/pinch collar/bark on your dog forever! I want a solution NOW, training takes time and is so over-rated. I've seen a puppy class on DAY ONE with gentle leaders on pups.

- It's called an undercoat. You need to BRUSH IT OUT of your dog. It's why he's so hot/stinks/sheds so much
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:41 PM
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Oh, do I have a list for you!
(I actually have two lists, one with pros and one with cons of my job. I look at the first list whenever I'm contemplating quitting, and I look at the second list whenever I'm contemplating taking extra hours.)

I understand that not everyone can spend $90 on a bag of Orijen...but I assure you, a $40 bag of NutriSource is NOT "ridiculously expensive." If it is, you shouldn't have a dog.

I'm sorry that your dog is destructive, and destroyed that stuffed toy while you weren't looking, but no, I won't give you your money back. It clearly states on the package to supervise your dog, and it clearly states in our store that toys are not returnable.

I'm sorry that you were out of town, or working, or in the hospital dying during the weekend of the sale, but I'm not honoring your month-old coupon. Watch for the next one.

I understand reactive dogs. I have one. And if you're working on training, by all means bring them in and work on it. But please don't bring your barky, out-of-control dog into the store and let them run up to other dogs and jump on people, while you stand by and laugh, or make excuses. I don't care if he's just a puppy. I don't care if he's a rescue. Train your dog. Or don't bring them in.

The store does not "reek of dog food". It does not "smell like animals". We clean it VERY well (and we don't even keep animals!). It may not smell like Bath & Body Works, but it does not smell bad.

Please do not bang on the door when we're closed, or before we open. It will not make me open the door for you. I have things I need to do in the morning and in the evening that I cannot do while there are customers in the store. We (like everywhere else) have set hours, and they are clearly posted everywhere.

If you ask me a question, or for advice, I'm going to show you the best possible options. No, I'm not suggesting this odor remover because it costs more than the other one. I'm showing you this one because I believe it works the best. I get paid the same amount of money no matter what you buy, so I honestly don't care. I'm just trying to answer the question that you asked.

No, the rescue cats are NOT declawed, and for good reason. And when you ask me why they aren't declawed, I will explain why the rescue (and myself) don't believe in declawing. If you don't agree, that's fine. But do not tell me that I don't know what I'm talking about, and that I'm wrong - that's just trying to start an argument.

Please understand that your dog could choke on ANYTHING - if it goes in the mouth, it has the potential to be choked on. This includes kibble, bones, chews, toys, your favorite pair of socks, whatever. So when you ask me whether your dog will be able to choke on a particular product, I'm going to explain the above. Nothing is choke-proof.

When I say that I like a particular food, please don't ask me if I've tried it. Obviously I haven't. I get that you were trying to be funny, but I've heard it a million times before.

When I'm carrying a bag of food for you, please don't tell me that the food weighs more than I do. The largest bag of food we carry is 50lbs, and I weigh about three times more than that. Please don't tell me that it's impressive that a girl can carry such a big bag of food. If I couldn't, I wouldn't have this job.

If you ask me for a product to make your dog stop pulling/misbehaving, I'm going to show you our selection of headcollars and harnesses. And then I'm going to suggest a training class (and even give you numbers of training facilities in your area!). When you tell me that you don't have time to train your dog, or don't want to train a dog, or that "he's already trained" (eye roll), I will begin to think you shouldn't have a dog.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:50 PM
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No, the rescue cats are NOT declawed, and for good reason. And when you ask me why they aren't declawed, I will explain why the rescue (and myself) don't believe in declawing. If you don't agree, that's fine. But do not tell me that I don't know what I'm talking about, and that I'm wrong - that's just trying to start an argument.
I had a lady I was explaining cat foods to on Thursday complain to me that declawing is too expensive. So I showed her cat trees that are far less expensive than declawing your cat.

She just wants someone to declaw her two, year-old, female cats for cheap... oh, and spay them, too.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:08 PM
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I had a lady I was explaining cat foods to on Thursday complain to me that declawing is too expensive. So I showed her cat trees that are far less expensive than declawing your cat.

She just wants someone to declaw her two, year-old, female cats for cheap... oh, and spay them, too.
The biggest thing I don't understand is when someone wants to pre-emptively declaw their cat, before there's even a scratching problem! They insist that "all cats scratch the furniture". No, they don't. Especially not if you give them something better to scratch on.

I realize Sassy was older (8) when I got her, but she has never attempted to scratch ANYTHING inappropriate, and she doesn't scratch me. Surely there must be other cats like that?
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:14 PM
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The biggest thing I don't understand is when someone wants to pre-emptively declaw their cat, before there's even a scratching problem! They insist that "all cats scratch the furniture". No, they don't. Especially not if you give them something better to scratch on.

I realize Sassy was older (8) when I got her, but she has never attempted to scratch ANYTHING inappropriate, and she doesn't scratch me. Surely there must be other cats like that?
Ugh, irks the snot out of me. We had a customer at Blaine (hopefully you haven't dealt with her) who INSISTED and would tell other customers that you HAVE to declaw or they will scratch ALL OF YOUR THINGS! At the time I was living with 3 fully clawed cats and no ruined furniture, she told me it would happen, just wait!

With Whiskey he is very into kneading on a specific texture, which happens to be what our fancy dining room folding chairs are made of. But he still can't do any damage to them because we clip his nails like 3 times a week, lol.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:22 PM
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Ugh, irks the snot out of me. We had a customer at Blaine (hopefully you haven't dealt with her) who INSISTED and would tell other customers that you HAVE to declaw or they will scratch ALL OF YOUR THINGS! At the time I was living with 3 fully clawed cats and no ruined furniture, she told me it would happen, just wait!
Unfortunately, I think I have.

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So there's one peeve: people waiting till the last freaking minute to buy food and then getting upset when the store is closed or doesn't have their food in stock. Ummm, maybe plan ahead a little bit?
Oh my god, this, a hundred times over. Do you wait until you have ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD IN THE HOUSE before you go to the grocery store? No. I didn't think so. Even when we have the food in stock, I hear "I just ran out this morning!" about a dozen times a day, and I know that those people are going to be the door-bangers soon. It's like...don't you realize you're getting close to the end of a bag gradually? It's not like it *poof* disappears one day.

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I just want people to be a little smarter about what they read on the internet. Research is good, information is good... but some people really just need a better filter.
Ooooooh, examples?

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The minor level of glucosamine in your old dog's food is not enough, and the reason we're asking is because your dog can hardly move and perhaps needs more of a supplement and some pain meds.
This. People don't seem to get this. Or they'll pick the food BECAUSE it has glucosamine in it, when there really aren't theraputic levels. Just buy a supplement.
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I just want people to be a little smarter about what they read on the internet. Research is good, information is good... but some people really just need a better filter.
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I just want people to be a little smarter about what they read on the internet. Research is good, information is good... but some people really just need a better filter.
Go on....
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