Category Archives: dog-friendly shops

The sign I love to see

They did it.  Local shop LifestyleLS has officially become dog-friendly.

I saw this sign on our morning walk.


The shop sells outdoor furniture, barbeque and cooking accessories and gas and wood burners.  It encourages people with their dogs to shop indoors and to enjoy the display furniture outside.

What’s even better is that there is a cafe, The Rose Cafe, just a few doors down.  One of you needs to hold the dog while the other goes inside to buy coffee and people treats.  You can then sit outside at LifestyleLS.

This is great advertising for LifestyleLS.  What better way to sell outdoor furniture than to show real people and pets using it?

P.S.  This is the sign I don’t like to see.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand


The dog friendly Italian supermarket

Unes grocery shop owner Gianfranco Galantini noticed how many small dogs were being left outside his shop in the city of Liano, Italy as their owners dashed inside to do their shopping.

He decided to welcome the dogs inside by designing pet-friendly shopping trolleys.

Dog friendly shopping trolley

(Picture: Lucia Landoni/ La Repubblica)

The front section of each trolley has a solid bottom, allowing the dogs to sit or stand inside.  It’s legal to bring the dogs inside the store, so long as they are under control.  The store also cleans the trolley after each use.

Word gets around dog owners pretty quickly when a shop is welcoming to dogs; owners have responded by shopping there and by all accounts, the dogs have been well behaved and there haven’t been any problems.

The trolleys have proved so popular that the Unes grocery chain is considering rolling them out in its other stores.

Wouldn’t you like to see this type of pet-friendly shopping in your community?


(Picture: Lucia Landoni/ La Repubblica)

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Shopping At Home Depot With Abby

Home Depot allows dogs. What a great learning and socializing experience. Where else do you go with your dog?


HD1 Abby, “Excuse me. Could someone help us find some tools?”

Moving is always hectic and time consuming and we’ve been busy unpacking, cleaning, buying things for our new place and much more.  Home Depot is one of the places we’ve been going to lately a lot so we take Abby with us to expose her to new people, environment, sounds, etc.

HD2 Abby, “Moms, someone is coming to help us in a minute.”

Abby got to work that day by trying to get someone to come and help us find a few items we needed to buy.  It was Saturday, so everybody was busy trying to help customers.  We had a secret weapon, Abby.  They all wanted to pet her.

HD3 Abby, “Ok moms, tell me what you need so I can grab it for you.”

Abby is a pretty young pup, but I always tell pet parents that regardless of their…

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One out of every three cars in the drive thru…

Courtesy of Reyes, Maggie (Photographer). March 2015

Courtesy of Reyes, Maggie (Photographer). March 2015

A survey by market research firm Relevation Research, based in Illinois, has shown that 1 out of every 6 US households buys fast food for a dog during at least some of their drive-thru or take-out window visits.  At this rate, over 1,000,000,000 visits annually are catering to a dog.

One third of dog owners  drive through with their dog in the car; four-fifths of those actually claim to order something specifically for the dog.  McDonald’s is visited most often for the dog followed by Burger King and Wendy’s.  Starbucks is patronized less despite offering Puppy Whip/Puppuccino.

Nan Martin, principal at Relevation Research, advises that QSRs (known as quick service restaurants in the ‘biz’) should team up with dog food/treat manufacturers to design dog-safe offerings at their establishments.

In Christchurch, McDonald’s outlets usually stock dog treats at their drive-thru windows.  If your dog rides in the back seat, the window attendant doesn’t always notice and so you have to ask for dog treats.  And the only surviving Starbucks outlet (thanks to our earthquakes) doesn’t offer a drive-thru, let alone Puppuccinos.

(I’m a big fan of Starbucks coffee and so – please – open a drive-thru branch here and please stock it with Puppuccinos.  Izzy and I would be frequent customers.)

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Source:  PR Newswire media release


Outdoor dining in California (bone appetit)

California’s Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 1965.  The law will take effect on 1 January 2015 and will officially remove a ban on pets in restaurants.

For restaurants who want to allow dogs in their outdoor dining areas, the law officially allows them to do so.  (Technically, restaurants that have allowed dogs in patio and other outdoor areas were breaking the law.)

This lead to inconsistent enforcement across the State.

Gary Ellis, left, and his dog Wilco, a Saluki, enjoy dinner at Zazie restaurant in San Francisco. Photo: Brant Ward, San Francisco Chronicle

Gary Ellis, left, and his dog Wilco, a Saluki, enjoy dinner at Zazie restaurant in San Francisco. Photo: Brant Ward, San Francisco Chronicle

“Amidst all the horrific and depressing news around us, I hope this bill helps make people a little happier, and businesses who wish to accommodate diners with dogs safe from being unnecessarily cited,” said assembly member Mariko Yamada, who championed the bill, on her Facebook page.

To comply, a restaurant must have an outdoor entrance that doesn’t require the pet to walk through the restaurant to get to the outdoor area and pets are not allowed in areas of food preparation.

“It will soon be legal to take your beagle with you to dinner,” Yamada said.   “I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit’.”

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?