The other day, we'd been out with the pooch for a walk and on the way back we remembered we needed some hinges so called at our local B&Q. It was about 22 deg (according to my car's thermometer) so I wasn't going to leave the dog in the car. Fully prepared to chain him up outside I quickly realised there was nothing that he couldn't drag away to attach him to. Given there was no sign on the door say 'no dogs' I assumed it would be ok to take him in. No sooner had I got over the threashold one of their 'experts' piped up (i don't know where he came from) "sorry no dogs allowed". I pointed out there was nothing appropriate to chain him to and I wasn't going to leave him in the car and asked why not. A genuine question as in my mind there's no obvious reason a dog isn't allowed in - it's not a restaurant nor does it have one in it. He responded with the classic cliche "'elf n safety".
I've never really understood people's objections to allowing dogs to enter certain premises like this example. It almost always seems rather arbitrary. Pubs are particularly prescriptive
Should there be better provision for dog owners?
I might start a petition - who'll sign it?