Every dog owner has been there: You need to run into the grocery store to grab some coffee filters and toothpaste, but you don’t want to leave your pet in the car, even for a second. An Italian supermarket owner has come up with a brilliant solution, redesigning his store’s shopping carts so that small dogs can ride them around the store.
The carts at the Unes store in Luino, Italy, now have a compartment for a four-legged shopping assistant in the front and groceries in the back (although you might want to put the dog biscuits waaay in the back).
“The owners of small dogs can now avoid having to leave them outside, giving them peace of mind to take all the time they need to make their purchases,” Unes owner Gianfranco Galantini told La Repubblica. “The initiative launched just recently, but we’ve already noticed how much our customers appreciate it.”
The dogs seem to appreciate it, too. Galantini said that, other than one confused dog who barked at him, there have been no issues with the new canine-friendly carts. (“[The dog] calmed down immediately,” he told La Repubblica). These carts are currently available only in Luino — a town near Italy’s border with Switzerland — but they’ve been such a hit that other Unes stores might adopt them as well.