We expect everyone has received the notice in their post box regarding the new Post Office policy barring entry to animals, effective today. Apparently there have been complaints from customers. It is mentioned that this is a new “national” policy but it seems the prompt for change came from some people locally.
Canada Post understands that there has been a long tradition of allowing pets into our facility in Wolfville. In fact, employees have kept “treats”on hand for them. This practice however, has not met with the approval of all customers.
They then add the blah, blah, blah about what is normal in other municipalities and the assurance that exceptions will be made for service animals. We wonder – did other municipalities get a notice about the introduction of this new “national” policy?
We find it sad. Another blow to the individuality and distinction of our small town. We remember when Home Hardware allowed dogs and kept treats for them too. Someone complained and that was the end of it. As someone there explained at the time “They could sue.”
One by one the small things that make our town different and lovable disappear. Attempts to replace these natural, home grown customs, with artificially introduced “themes” like slo food won’t cut it we think. Like alien, introduced species they just won’t fit in.
And it won’t even help those customers who complain. We predict the dog owners will tie their animals up outside by the steps where they will be unsupervised and not under the control control of their owners. The uncomfortable customers will still have to pass them, whether allergic, nervous or not.