Adler's manifesto...and possible application in Charlottesville

Paloma over at La Dolce Vita posted Jonathan Adler's manifesto on Wednesday. It's been a while since I saw it and one thing jumped out at me:
We believe dogs should be allowed in stores and restaurants.
That statement brings up a common situation that I am thinking about addressing here in Charlottesville. I'm always delighted when a store owner tells me I can bring my dog, Baxter, into a store. I usually find out that a shop welcomes dogs when I'm holding something up in the window to my boyfriend, who is out on the sidewalk with Baxter. It occurs to me that someone (me?) could try to organize the distribution of a small sticker (a little, round paw print?) that shop owners could put in an inconspicuous place in their window to designate their store as pet friendly. Baxter is on the mall every day, but in two years, we've only managed to figure out that Artifacts, The Consignment House, The Mole Hole, and (of course) The Dog & Horse Lover's Boutique are pet friendly. Oddly, despite sometimes selling collars, leashes, and dog beds, Caspari is not pet friendly.

Stony Point Fashion Park
, an outdoor mall in Richmond, has done this and is one of our favorite malls as a result. Stores that are dog friendly opt to put one of two small, oval stickers in corner of their window, somewhere near the door. One sticker has a picture of a dog on it, the other has the same picture with "small" written on it. The few stores that use the "small" sticker usually wave Baxter in, so maybe that's not completely necessary.

Baxter at Rebecca's Natural Foods during a trick-or-treat for dogs charity event

By the way, if you'll be in Richmond today, consider coming out to Golden Days today at the Libbie Place PetSmart. The rescue with which I work, Southeastern Virginia's Golden Retriever Rescue, Education, and Training (quite a mouthful...we just call ourselves SEVA GRREAT), has many golden retrievers in need of loving homes. You can meet some of the dogs and fill out an application to adopt at the event. I'm part of the adoption team, so if you live in the Charlottesville area and want to adopt, you might get me as your liaison!


  1. That is such a great idea! You should totally organize it. I bet C-VILLE would totally get behind it!

    My parents have the cutest King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and are always walking her on the Lawn and downtown too - I'm sure they'd love to be able to bring her into stores!


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