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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Melanie's Top Ten

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I love being in this industry. For the most part, people are so upbeat and happy to spoil their dogs. With just about everything though, you have to take the good with the bad. I’m not a big fan of Top Ten lists but here goes….

Top Ten things I didn’t know until I opened my own dog boutique…

10) The number of people who claim they were going to open a business just like mine but didn’t.
9) Since the dog’s owner didn’t actually see the dog lift its leg and relieve itself on that comfy dog bed, I should clean up the mess instead of the dog’s owner.
8) All the free advice I’d get on what products I should carry in my store.
7) There are actually people out there who go into a business with a pen and pad of paper in-hand to write down manufacturer’s information.
6) How many requests for donations I would get from people I’ve never, ever seen shopping in my store.
5) Salespeople apparently thinking that since I’m open for business, it would be a great opportunity to come in without an appointment and lay all their catalogs out on my checkout counter even though there are customers in my store.
4) The number of poop bags I’d have to dispose of in the morning left near my storefront by people walking their dogs after I’ve closed for the day.
3) I shouldn’t be concerned when Mr. Pit Bull walks into the store since the only dogs that have bitten me have all been under ten pounds…hola, Mr. Chihuahua.
2) The number of dog walkers, trainers, groomers, photographers and veterinarians who want to post something up in my store but don’t think to buy something for their own dogs.
1) How many people respond to the greeting “Good Morning…how are you today?” with “I’m not going to buy anything, I’m just looking."

Like I said, you have to take the good with the bad. That being said, four years and two stores later, the good certainly outweighs the bad.

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