Unes grocery shop owner Gianfranco Galantini noticed how many small dogs were being left outside his shop in the city of Liano, Italy as their owners dashed inside to do their shopping.
He decided to welcome the dogs inside by designing pet-friendly shopping trolleys.
The front section of each trolley has a solid bottom, allowing the dogs to sit or stand inside. It’s legal to bring the dogs inside the store, so long as they are under control. The store also cleans the trolley after each use.
Word gets around dog owners pretty quickly when a shop is welcoming to dogs; owners have responded by shopping there and by all accounts, the dogs have been well behaved and there haven’t been any problems.
The trolleys have proved so popular that the Unes grocery chain is considering rolling them out in its other stores.
Wouldn’t you like to see this type of pet-friendly shopping in your community?
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand