Sundays at Kringlan shopping mall in Reykjavík just got a lot more pupular, Vísir reports. As of last week, the shopping mall is permitting local pet owners to bring their furry buddies on their Sunday shopping expeditions, provided they follow a few simple rules.
There are no specific size restrictions on the dogs that are allowed in the mall, but owners must be able to hold them on the escalators and/or pick them up if a situation requires. Dogs will not be allowed in either of the mall’s grocery stores and nor will they be permitted in salons or medical centres. Other shops may choose not to allow dogs and pet owners are asked to respect any requests not to bring their dog inside.
Soffía Kristín Kwaszenko brought her shih tzu Mangó with her last Sunday to celebrate the new rules and said that she hopes in the future, the mall will move to allow dogs every day. Mangó hasn’t been in such situations before, but the friendly fluffer just needs a bit of “environmental training,” Soffía said, and he did a great job on his first retail outing.
Some dog days opponents have worried about potential messes, but Soffía is confident that owners will be responsible and train their animals well. Moreover, Kringlan has received permission to allow dogs on the premises from the Ministry for the Environment and the city’s health authorities and assures guests that the new rules will be regularly reviewed to make sure that all visitors are having a pawsitive experience.