Every time I take my puppy to Petsmart to grab a bag of dog food or to let her pick out a new chew toy, I run into trouble. Last time it was some crazed woman that nearly ran her over trying to cut in line. A guy that works at Banfield (vet clinic at Petsmart) was helping me carry her prescription dog food (when she was sick) and pointed out to the woman that I was there first. She flipped out and started yelling about how she was in a hurry. I'd like to say I would've been mature had she drilled my pup with her shopping cart, but in all honesty I probably would've kicked her cart over and told her to get steppin'. It's not the most responsible way to deal, but there's no call for trying to run over a puppy at a pet store so you can get in front of someone who was there before you.
The time before that, some lady pushed past me to get to the fridge and grab a coke. Bella put her head inside to sniff and the woman, knowing Bella's head was in the way of the door, proceded to slam it as hard as she could. I managed to pull on the leash and get the dog's head out of the way. I started to say something but there was a long line, I was tired, and didn't feel like getting assaulted by some 30-year old broad on her period.
Anyway, we went for a drive tonight and I stopped by Petsmart to get her a new Nylabone. She was very excited, especially since I had to throw her second Nylabone away a few nights ago. She also picked out one of the red Kong toys, so I grabbed that and went to the register. I know the girl that was running it because she used to come into Texas Roadhouse and eat all the time when I was a server there. Bella tried to sniff this girl's foot that was standing at the back of the conveyer and the girl acted like she was gonna kick her. I shot her a dirty look and kept the dog close. As I was getting my wallet out and the girl working the register was giving Bella a treat, this slim shady looking dude came up and was talking to the girl at the back of the conveyer. She started LOUDLY bragging about her Siberian Husky and how it was such a badass. The guy snickered, looked at a Bella, and said, "That pit bull would tear your dog to shreds." The girl got even louder and yelled, "That dog??? My husky weighs 120 pounds!!! He'd kick that dog's ass!!!!!!!" The guy replied with, "Whatever. That's a pit bull. It doesn't matter how much your dog weighs." I started to turn around and ask the girl why it even mattered and why she was acting like a 12-year old, but again thought better of it and turned to leave, dropping all my change on the floor. I was wearing gloves and was having trouble picking up pennies. Bella took off running out the first sliding door (16' retractable leash) and greeted three kids and their mom coming in with high fives and licks all around. All I heard from the guy at the conveyer was, "Wow. That's a friendly pit bull."
What is it with people? Pretty much everyone in Petsmart is always in a good mood and more than willing to say hi to a friendly puppy, but some people are so f'ing cranky. If it's not someone coming within inches of running over her with a cart or slamming her head in the refrigerator door, it's someone getting belligerent over her wanting to make a new friend, or telling me to keep my oh-so-ferocious bully away from their Yorkie when it's their Yorkie that's snarling and running after my dog. People need to chill.
Like you said, its just a few people. Unfortunately they are the ones you remember.
The way I see it, these people exist merely to remind you to appreciate the good people in your life.
I've never had a problem at Petsmart personally. Never ran into anyone who needed to be trout slapped. I've met the stuck up people who drag their dogs around the store and try to keep it away from my mutt, because you know mutts just aren't worthy. But otherwise... never an issue. And I'm not ashamed to say, if anyone attempted to hurt my dog intentionally, they'd hear about it. I'd refrain from violence, but I'd give them a verbal b*tch slapping.
It happens everywhere. There's always some crank case with an attitude regardless of where I am, but people are almost always happy at Petsmart. I mean come on! They've got their beloved dogs with them in a department store, and animal lovers all around. I mean, how many times do you get to take your dog shopping?