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Dog in shoe store

As some of you know I am an allergic asthmatic. I also have an inflammatory autoimmune disease called Ankylosing Spondilitis. It is attacking my spine and other joints. Like my hand elbows shoulders and feet. Specifically my Achilles tendon and the tendon that attaches the Achilles to the bone inside the heel. I also have it in my right big toe. Tendonitis and bursitis and osteoarthritis.  Sacroilliac joints as well. Very painful to walk. Like asthma wasn't enough!!!!

Anyway my chiropractor sent me to a shoe store that has a pedorthist. They help you find shoes and supports that help you with feet etc conditions. So I had an appointment yesterday to see this person. I get ready to walk in the store and here's a dog sitting on a chair. If I wasn't in so much pain I wouldn't have gone in. So I walk in and ask if the dog was someone's pet and he says yes!! I say well I'm highly allergic and can't be around animals. He had me go to the back corner of the store. My asthma didn't flair but I've been sneezing more than normal. I don't think I can go back to that store for concern that next time if my allergies are flared so much that it could trigger my asthma. A place I don't want to ever be in again. 

I plan on writing a letter. Thanking him for his help.  And telling him how I feel about pets.  I feel if a store has pets in it they should post this on their doors. This way an allergic person knows this before walking in. This way they can decide if they want to go in or not.

Thoughts?!?!

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  • Deborah Bartlett

    Only service dogs should be allowed in shoe stores. It is NOT FAIR to you, or others who have reactions to dogs. Definitely make a complaint and explain your medical situation and the reasons why the dog should not have been in the store. That is my humble opinion. ☺

  • Shea

    I had that problem in a shoe store in a mall before. It was the store owners dog. I just said, "we cant be in here we are highly allergic" and left. I think it is great that you told him you were allergic, but I really love the idea of your email. Dander will collect in the store, possibly on the shoes as well, and at the very least allergic people should be made aware eith a "pets allowed" or "dog on premises" or something to give people the heads up.

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, Marie! Hugs on the dog in the shoe store … very frustrating to try to fix one thing only to be stopped by another. 

    I love your idea of emailing and suggesting the store put up a notice — I see that all the time when microwaves are in use and they might interfere with, say, a pacemaker or a defibrillator device.

    Could your chiropractor or the pedorthist suggest another store?

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    Marie E Natzke posted:

    I plan on writing a letter. Thanking him for his help.  And telling him how I feel about pets.  I feel if a store has pets in it they should post this on their doors. This way an allergic person knows this before walking in. This way they can decide if they want to go in or not.

    Thoughts?!?!

    Marie, I think your plan is a great one! Thanking him for his help is a great way to begin the email. By letting him know that you unfortunately cannot go back because of the pet that is in the store makes him realize that he is losing a customer….and perhaps others will speak up if they know that the store is pet friendly. I love your idea that they post a sign..this way, everyone is informed before they are exposed. And, they can choose to not go in. 

    Latex proteins are the same way….if you are allergic to latex and walk into a restaurant where there were balloons earlier, then you can go into anaphylaxis (and not even know why!). Thankfully, my allergy to latex is not that severe (yet!). My protocol is to reduce exposure, so when I see balloons, I don't enter a facility.

    Now that you have met the pedorthist, will you need to see him again in the coming months? And, when you need a new pair of shoes, can you just call him for a telephone consultation?  

    Brenda

  • Marie E Natzke

    Hi everyone I don't know yet if there's another store I can go too. I see the chiropractor again on Saturday. My Dr is allergic to dogs as well. I don't know  if she new he brings his dog into the store. I know she's going to be upset about this.  I plan on writing the email tonight keep you posted on the outcome.

  • Shea

    Brenda, I have become so much more mindful of balloons since learning about your latex allergy. I actually have been trying to use non-latex or avoid them because I know there are a lot of people with latex allergy and I know how crummy it is to have a severe allergy, so I really try to keep things as allergy-free as possible around me. I actually learned a lot about latex when I was looking into business ideas a while back and trying to make really Green products– latex and some types of rubbers are often not harvested in ecofriendly ways and can be bad pollutants too, plus a common allergen– but real natural rubbers from certain areas that harvest it right (in a sustainable, ethical way) are much better for the environment, and less likely to cause any allergy or act as irritants– which goes along with my theory that allergies might be an intelligent part of our immune system not a broken part and some might have a great social, environmental, emotional, or divine wisdom hidden underneath them. 

     

  • Marie E Natzke

    Melissa I see chiropractor every week went ok. I let her know about the dog a as she's allergic as well. She never saw a dog there before.  Yes I sent letter and his response wasn't what I wanted to hear. He said they can send me what I  need. With my feet I need to try them on not order online. I sent Cynthia an email of the letter I sent and his response.