Category Archives: dog-friendly shops

Bed, Bath & Beyond (Chelsea, New York)

If you’re traveling through New York with your pooch, you should stop at Bed, Bath & Beyond in Chelsea, New York.

This store welcomes dogs (on leash and under control) and provides them with special canine shopping carts that have foam mats at the bottom for comfort.

This is Enzo, a French Bulldog, shopping at the store:

Enzo at Bed Bath and Beyond

Well done to Bed, Bath and Beyond at this location.  No word yet on when other stores will follow suit.

Three Ferraris for man’s best friend

Well done to Museo Ferrari Maranello; the Ferrari Museum has recognised that car lovers may also be dog lovers who are traveling with their pooch.

The solution?  Guarded kennels in the shaded part of the museum garden which is located next to the cafeteria.

Photo courtesy of Museo Ferrari Maranello

Photo courtesy of Museo Ferrari, Maranello

In three different sizes (to cater for dogs of all sizes), these kennels replicate in detail the classic Ferrari motor car which is built in Maranello.

Your dog will experience a Ferrari cockpit like no other.  Photo courtesy of Museo Ferrari, Maranello

Your dog will experience a Ferrari cockpit like no other!  Photo courtesy of Museo Ferrari, Maranello

Now that’s dog-friendly business!  Does the museum near you cater for your dog?

The Shake Shack’s dog menu

The Shake Shack is a chain of restaurants that originated in New York as a hot dog stand in Madison Square Park.  Serving frozen custard, burgers and other drinks, the restaurants are currently found in six states and internationally.

Shake dog biscuits

What makes this restaurant chain very special is that they serve dog biscuits, too.  Since the chain started as a mobile hot dog stand, doggy customers have been part of the history of the chain and the chain sells dog treats as a way of honouring that history.

When buying products at the Shake Shack, you can also buy:

Pets welcome in many workplaces

I tip my hat to the Indianapolis Star for its recent excellent coverage of pet-friendly workplaces in Indiana.

Take Inverse-Square, where Bob Baird takes his German Shepherd to work with him in a demanding job where he leads a team of systems integration specialists.  His online profile on the company’s website clearly lists him as a ‘dog enthuasiast.’ Company employee Anne Marie DeLa Rosa reports that ‘When I’m stressed, I usually call Zoe (a chocolate Labrador retriever) over and rub her ear. That’s my therapy.’

DeLa Rosa also reports that because Zoe is in the office, she’ll take a proper lunch break which includes a short walk.

Inverse-Square is located in The Stutz office park where commercial developer Turner Woodard made it possible for employers to have pet-friendly office policies.  The newspaper reports that 25 percent of the tenants take advantage of the perk.  Two other properties developed by Woodard — the Canterbury Hotel and Wasatch Lake — are also pet-friendly.

Other Indiana companies that are pet-friendly include:

Jacobs Law office: Sam Jacobs allows his office manager Karie Jacobs, 28, to bring her Cockapoo to the office.  Sam has declared that ‘Larry is a wonderful diversion…I can talk to him and he doesn’t talk back.’

Gradison Design Build:   This company includes two Great Danes, one Labrador retriever and a Yorkshire terrier.

Pack leader David Gradison, 75, says ‘They are like family and we’re a family environment.’

Indiana Lighting:   Bella Mia, a Peekapoo, comes to work in Tracy Leeper King’s handbag. ‘She comes to work because she brings joy, positive energy and gives the employees a break from their desks.’

Rusted Moon Outfitters: The company spokeperson is an English Setter named Rosemary.  On the company’s website they  happily announce ‘We’re ready to answer your questions and help you find the gear you need. Visit us in Broad Ripple, just off the Monon Trail. Oh yeah, bring your dog too.’  A photo of Rosemary declares ‘Rosemary says Dogs Welcome’  Yes – this store is also a dog-friendly shopping destination.

Beer for dogs?

I seem to be developing a theme of late…it started with my posts about dogs in the world of wine.  Closer to home, those who have joined Canine Catering on Facebook know that we are having a bit of a argument in the local media about  dogs being allowed in outdoor cafes and bars.  Yes – believe it or not – that’s the state of play here when it comes to dog-friendly establishments – so many just haven’t tapped the market for the dog owner.

And now…this post is about beer for dogs.  Dawg Grog.  It’s made in Bend Oregon by a beer lover named Daniel Keeton who is also passionate about his pooch, Lola Jane.  Since Daniel works in a brew house named the Boneyard Brewery, he wanted Lola Jane to be able to share in his work.

Dawg Grog is a brew using the Boneyard Brewery’s malted barley water, glucosamine and organic vegetable broth.  It can be served as a treat or over food.  It’s available in all 50 US states.  A six-pack is $36.
I’m really impressed by the ingredients used in this product and it’s encouraging to see dog owners continuing to find ways of caring for their dogs and involving them in their everyday work.

Here’s a good YouTube video about Daniel’s invention:

Dog friendly shopping in Colorado

****This is a re-print of my column that appeared in the December 2010 issue of NZ Dog World magazine.  Since that magazine is currently available to NZ Kennel Club members only, I’m re-publishing it here because it is a topic I’m passionate about.****


I thought I’d share my experience of dog-friendly shopping in the state of Colorado, where I recently traveled for my business.

Colorado is a state that clearly values the companionship of dogs.  They were everywhere:  in trucks, cars and – unlike New Zealand – they were welcomed in many shops and public shopping areas.   On my flight from San Francisco to Denver, there was even a passenger who had a small dog in a carrier.  (Many U.S. airlines now allow small dogs into the cabin as carry-on luggage.)[1]

I wished my Daisy could have traveled with me to enjoy the sites (but she wouldn’t have appreciated the long flight or the required three-month quarantine on our return to New Zealand).

Dogs welcome

Dog owners could easily identify shops where their dog would be allowed to enter.  These shops displayed a Dogs Welcome logo in their window.  Interestingly, these shops sold clothing and footwear for people and were not just pet stores.  An outdoor mall in Castle Rock went a step further by providing grassed park areas and dispensers of plastic bags for dogs to have a ‘comfort stop.’

Other shops made up their own signs, such as one retailer whose sign proclaimed, “Four Legged Friends Welcome.”

I asked a shop attendant if they get many shoppers accompanied by their dogs.  She replied, “Yes.  Lots.  Particularly on weekends when people who work all week want to be out with their pet.”

Dog rest stops

I noticed that many communities welcomed dogs in their shopping areas by providing bowls of water for passing dogs to drink from.  I quickly became accustomed to seeing these ‘dog rest stops’ in virtually every town that we visited.

Rest stops varied in style and offerings.  Some were simply a single water bowl or raised water bowls.   Pet shops would often include extras, such as a bench for owners to sit in.  In Manitou Springs, a popular tourist destination at the foot of Pike’s Peak (elevation 4,800 m), a sweet shop provided vending machines with dog treats.  For 25 cents, a passing dog owner could purchase a handful of treats.

Good behaviour required

In all of the communities I visited, dogs and owners acted responsibly.  There was never a pile of poo left on the footpath and dogs didn’t jump on passers-by.  Responsible dog ownership is clearly essential for communities to embrace dog-friendly shopping.

And so, I leave you with good wishes for the summer holiday season and encourage you to think:  Is dog-friendly shopping appropriate for New Zealand and, if so, what will it take to get dog-friendly shopping established here?

[1] The dog carrier is considered the single piece of carry-on luggage for the owner; the dog must have current vaccinations and is not allowed out of the carrier during the flight.

Additional photos of my trip can be found in this blog post.

Flavours Vineyard Cafe – a dog friendly cafe that’s close to home

My readers know that I am passionate about supporting dog-friendly establishments.  Dog-friendly accommodation and shopping are in short supply in New Zealand and so any establishment that embraces dogs and their owners gets my attention.

I’ve been driving by Flavours Vineyard Cafe for months but never had the opportunity to stop until we were on holiday (vacation for you overseas readers).  The cafe is located on the corner of West Coast Road (SH73) and Sandy Knolls Road, approximately 3 km from West Melton,  and has just celebrated its first anniversary.

A purpose-built American-style barn houses the cafe; the land was purchased specifically with a boutique vineyard in mind.  The cafe makes an effort to source and sell local products and best of all – it’s dog friendly!

The outdoor picnic tables have been covered with shade cloth and water is available for visiting dogs.  Horses are also welcome with room in the adjacent paddock.  Cafe manager Sam Judson says, “We get more dogs than horses, but all are welcome.”

Open every day except Wednesdays, a breakfast and daytime menu are available which include salads, pizza, fresh muffins and coffees.  On Fridays the cafe offers Pizza Night from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm for dine-in or takeaway.

We loved it, as these photos show.  Help support local Christchurch businesses and take your dog out to Flavours Vineyard Cafe today.

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The Museum of the Dog

Heading to St Louis for a vacation with your dog?

Don’t miss the American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog.  The museum offers a range of exhibits all about our favourite topic:  dogs!

The museum also has a Fido Friendly Visitation Policy.  The museum actively encourages owners to bring their dogs for a visit, providing fresh water and treats as well as a place to exercise.  Dogs must be obedience trained and on leash to visit.

Dogs visiting at the Museum of the Dog

The Museum of the Dog is located at 1721 South Mason Road in St Louis and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.   On Sundays, you can visit between 1 and 5 pm.

Admission:  $5.00 adults, $2.50 seniors and $1.00 for children from the ages of 5 – 14.

Sydney’s dog restaurant

Did you know that Sydney has its very own dog restaurant?  This isn’t just a restaurant that allows dogs – this is a restaurant catering for dogs only (owners are not even served here!)

Called Chew Chew, the restaurant is located at Woolstonecraft Station and is open from Wednesday to Sunday.  Meals are prepared on site using organic meats and are formulated using a basic recipe of 50% meat, 25% grain and 25% vegetables.  Owners can ask for an adjusted recipe that meets their dog’s dietary restrictions.

At Chew Chew, dogs can indulge in a number of dishes including chicken risotto, salmon pasta and beef steak.   A three-course set menu consists of an soup entree, followed by salad with beef, chicken or fish, and a cup cake or doggie cappuccino for dessert.

The interior of the Chew Chew Restaurant

Chew Chew also sells takeaway meals for dogs in two sizes:  200 g and 400 g.

Not surprisingly, the opening of the restaurant in 2010 captured a fair bit of media attention.

Sydney dog owners:  take your dog for a special day out at Chew Chew.

Rio de Janeiro’s dog restaurant

Dog owners in Rio de Janeiro are reaping the benefits of the city’s first dog restaurant.   Lunch and dinner are served at this restaurant and owners can buy pre-made and frozen dog dinners to take home with them.

The restaurant has only been open since December 2010 and word has it that expansion plans for another branch in Sao Paulo are already underway.

The restaurant serves four dishes, each with a different protein source:  beef, chicken, fish or lamb.   A partial translation of the website says that the meals are 100% natural and preservative-free.  “Perfect for dogs with demanding palates” (perfeita para caes com paladar exigente)

Click on the restaurant’s icon below to visit their site (if you speak Spanish).