There’s cute, and then there’s Zira the Corgi cute. This dog’s next-level cuteness took the internet by storm when her mom posted photos of her recent shopping trip. But not everyone was happy to see this pup in Target.
I don’t know what it is about Target, but people don’t just like it. They love it. I can’t think of another store that inspires a similar cult following. There’s just something about Target shopping.
Is it the music? Something pumped into the air? Whatever it is, the marketing genius behind it deserves a raise. It turns out, it’s not just moms, or even humans, who feel this way.
LOOK AT THIS DOG! Nothing has ever been cuter than this excited pup in Target. What has her so delighted? Is it because she can get groceries, a cute blouse, and school supplies all in one place?
Zira’s mom shared the photos on Love What Matters Facebook page. She writes, “My dog went to Target—and look how happy she is! Zira’s a 4 month-old Corgi and Mini Aussie mix; and is in love with anything she can chew! She’s a very social dog who loves to play with her friend, Poppy, the pit bull. Car rides are her favorite—she loves to go meet new friends.”
“Zira got new treats and a toy. While we were turning a corner, this woman shopping saw her and freaked out! She couldn’t stop going on and on about how cute Zira was. Zira just started licking her, and the woman loved it. She even picked Zira up and let her kiss her face! She kept telling us what a beautiful and sweet dog, Zira is. Just another day of Zira spreading love and joy to the world… She loves meeting new people and getting attention!”
But not everyone is as happy to see the dog in Target…
There’s that loyal target super-fan thing again. Most people swooned at the dog’s cuteness, which is undeniable. But many people took issue with the dog being in Target in the first place.
Some had issue with the fact that the dog is in a cart where groceries go. Others were upset that a non-service dog was taken into a store that only allows service dogs. Many pointed out that an untrained puppy could pose a distraction or even a hazard to working service animals, and that bringing a pet to a store is inconsiderate to other shoppers (and staff) who might have allergies or a fear of dogs.
“Hi everyone! Zira here. I’m sure you’ve all seen my pictures of me strolling through Target. And I’m here to say I’ve learned a lot about the laws and regulations on pets allowed in stores. My parents weren’t aware of all the risks and dangers when they brought me in there. I was set on a towel in the cart, so I didn’t make contact with the bottom of the cart. We did not run into any other service animals. If we did, we sure would have left! I didn’t want to cause any trouble, the Target employees should have told me to leave instead of asking to pet me! My trip to Target does not make it okay for all dogs to go to their local market. We will now be more considerate about service animals needing to do their job! Everyone should do the same! -Zira ?”
“Who would’ve known Petsmart is just as much fun as Target?!? And I’m super welcomed here! Petsmart is a pet friendly environment, and unlike Target, I’m not putting any service animals at risk! Now time to go buy some treats!”
Zira’s mom has certainly learned something from the brouhaha that ensued after she posted her mega-cute pictures. She writes, “Reminder: Stores policies can change from state to state. Always call ahead and check to make sure your pup is safe to go with you.”
So, what do you think? Should people be allowed to bring their dogs more places? Or are strict no pets policies good?