I like to take my dogs out to the PetSmart in Grand Prairie. Why? Why would I take my dogs out to Grand Prairie when I obviously live in Arlington and we have a PetSmart here?
Well, mostly because the PetSmart in Grand Prairie is larger and cleaner than the one in Arlington. The second reason is that they LOVE my dogs!
Most of the time I can only take two at a time. When Tony and Jude get to go, they are little pee demons, and I am following them around with a bottle of cleaner and a 'please clean up after your dog' bag. BUT, the fun part is how people react to these two giants!
Tony especially is so tender, especially toward kids. Once there was a couple in the PetSmart looking for a cat for their teenaged daughter. The daughter had cerebral palsy and was in a wheelchair. She really, really wanted a dog, but the parents didn't feel that a dog would be gentle with their daughter. When she saw Tony, she literally squealed with delight! And Tony was just as drawn to her. He went over to her, kissed her face and laid his head in her arms so she could love on him.
Tony stayed with her for a good ten minutes or so, while Carl and I talked with the couple. They were very nervous about getting a dog, but after seeing how good Tony was with their daughter, they said they might give it a try. We, of course, told them to adopt from one of the zillions of pet adoption agencies around, and to please give us a call if they needed any help.
The people at this PetSmart also remember my dogs by name. I don't think there must be a high turnover rate there. When Tony enters the PetSmart, he gives a big howl to let people know he is there. He loves the PetSmart as much as we do!