Ran into the local big box hardware store last night, a man was standing in an aisle looking at something, with a small dog in his arms. I thought of this thread. It's not the first time that I've seen dogs there either.
Why would a dog in a hardware store be a problem? Was it bothering you?
We rescued Honey Girl this last Memorial Day. We are socializing her by taking her with us everywhere dogs are welcome. Obviously (at least it is obvious to me) that excludes anywhere food is prepared, served, or consumed. Office supply stores, clothing stores, hardware stores, shoe stores - all have told us that we are welcome to bring Honey Girl back for a visit anytime. She entertains children waiting in line and they fuss less.
I sometimes walk Honey Girl to the nearby public library to return my books. The first time I decided to pick up a library book while walking HG, I carried her. I know the librarians. They all wanted to pet and coo over HG. They, too, invited her back. Being conscious of the restriction that only service animals are supposed to be in the library, I carry her. I don't put her down on the counter. She doesn't touch anything in the library.