Ever walk into a store only to have a smiling dog greet you? Or have you patronized stores because they have shop dogs? There’s something about shop dogs that makes shopping pretty awesome. Dogster’s very own awesome content manager Janine Kahn gave me a heads up about a fun post on the website Refinery29, featuring some of the cutest shop dogs in San Francisco, where we live and work. I’m definitely going to start patronizing some of these places.
Here are a few of the dogs. and their descriptions, straight from the original post. To see the rest, head to Refinery29. And do tell: Are there shop dogs where you live and shop? How does it make you feel when you walk in and see a dog who is part of the everyday tapestry of life in the store?
The dog in the photo above is Dr. Indiana Jones, Shop Dog at San Francisco Surf Company. Dr. Indiana Jones (Indy to friends and confidants) will tell you theres nothing tastier than a nice leather office chair, especially the one at San Francisco Surf Company, where his human companion Cyrus Saatsaz runs the show. A friendly soul with a handsome mug thats landed him his own line of t-shirts at the store, this two-and-a-half-year-old English Bulldog-Boxer mix excels at playing on the beach and sleeping with Rip Van Winkle-esque skill.
Tenoch, Shop Dog at Wonderland
A curious fellow by nature, Tenoch is known for surprise investigations of the dressing room at Wonderland, where owner Irene Hernandez-Feiks brings him to hang out almost every day of the week. Also an avid art lover, this four-year-old Golden Retriever is usually found relaxing in the venues gallery space. If he barks, heres a hint: He wont stop until you pet him.
Ruby, Shop Dog at Marmalade
Turtle rolls, duck dives, and a three-part, action-packed number known simply as shame are just a few of the tricks four-year-old Boston terrier Ruby (aka Roo) can perform, but youre most likely to spot her sneaking under the dressing room curtains at Marmalade boutique. An active, outdoorsy girl at heart, Rubys often spotted on the beach watching mom, Hope Colling, surf and trotting to visit members of her sizeable fan base in neighboring Cow Hollow stores.
Mr. Peanut, Shop Dog at Nooworks
Mr. Peanut, a Havachaweenie (Havanese Chihuahua Weiner dog, if youre not up on your mixed breeds) is a mere eight months, but has garnered much recognition in his short life for baring a striking resemblance to the magical dragon dog Falcore from The Never Ending Story. The Nooworks shop dog is happiest snoozing on the stores black leather chair or playing with any other pooch wholl give him the time of day.
Above, Mr. Peanut snuggles up to his human, Nooworks shop gal Gwen Lutz.