“We had the door open on a warm day, and a dog without a leash wandered into the store,” recalls co-owner Gene Alloway. “He ended up curled up under the desk, resting on my knee.” Alloway called the number on the animal’s tag and learned that he had been running free in a park and had taken off up the street. The owner soon arrived to rescue him.
Canines are regular visitors to the Fourth Avenue bookshop, which has a Pets Welcome sign on the door. A Great Dane once stopped by (with its owner), and Alloway says a beagle named Ruby is a regular, keeping a proprietary eye on the store and giving a bark of greeting to incoming dogs.
A few doors down, at pet supply and gift store DogmaCatmantoo, “we encourage people to bring their dogs,” says owner Alice Liberson. “There is no discrimination against breed, age, species, or size.” Other animal visitors have included rabbits (in containers) and a leashed cat named Pants. Both Dogma and the nearby TeaHaus set out a water bowl for four-legged visitors.
Dogs also are welcome around the corner at Vicki’s Wash & Wear Haircuts and Heavenly Metal gallery—so long as they’re approved by the “Queen of the Shop,” owner Vicki Honeyman’s papillon. Canine visitors can check out all sections of the store—except Lucy’s food dish.