King of Ace Hardware
Come to think of it, Gibson goes into a lot of stores. I don't ask if it is okay, either. I just take him in. The only places I don't take him are placed selling plants or food (for obvious reasons). But Gibson and I walk into Tractor Supply, the Bank, Hardware, Book, and General stores all the time together. This is not done in an act of social defiance, I'm just so used to huim always being beside me. Sometimes we are asked to leave (always national chains) and I explain I will after I pay, but nearly every independant shop around here has pile of bones behind the counter and happy clerks ready to meet a customer they already know they will like: a dog.
I know some dog owners feel this is irresponsible to the public since certain people fear dogs, are allergic, or whatever. For that reason I don't bring Annie, who looks like a wolf and will shake and cover a store with dog hair. Some folks just like to complain and point at Gibson and say "That isn't right!" but I have a zero-tolerance policy for the recreationally offended. I'm also not a very sensitive person when it comes to folks who dislike dogs. I understand them about as much as I understand folks who throw up when they are hugged. They gross me out.
Do you guys bring dogs into local stores? Is it common where you live as well?