Ever wondered why there’s so many photos posted of dogs shopping for dowel and new LED globes at Bunnings?
There’s even an unofficial Facebook group ‘Dogs of Bunnings‘ that boasts nearly 6,000 followers.
Back in 2015, Bunnings opened up their store policy to allow and encourage dogs. If you’re from Europe or the US where dogs are basically allowed to go anywhere that humans can, this might seem strange but it’s a big deal in Aussie retail.
Unfortunately a week later a Melbourne Jack Russell took a little nip at someone. Ensue the inevitable overreaction and we found ourselves with the rules updated to require a muzzle and old mate being secured in a trolley or in your hands.
Still, it’s awesome that we can bring dogs to Bunnings. There’s no competition or marketing gimmick that leads to people sharing their pooch in the aisles – it’s just because we Aussies love dogs and it’s the one store that doesn’t view them as a nuisance and a public liability risk.
The more that we open our commercial spaces up to dogs, the more responsible interaction and care we can all have.
Featured photo of @walterwhitethemoodle