June 25, 2011

White Dog sighed. The rest were sleeping but she was a bundle of unreleased energy. The temperature was a 104...the "dry" heat everyone refers to as if the desert's moisture sucking breath that leaves you gasping for air and with cracking skin is somehow better than 104 with humidity. At this temp WD knew there was no talking Steve into a Park visit or even a game of jumps in the yard. She came over and flopped down beside me; we shared a long drink from my icy glass. White Dog's sad eyes pleaded for something to ease the boredom.

"Hey," I said to Steve but for White Dog's ears. "I need to to go over to Dawg Gone Good and get some paperwork for the 2MillionDog Walk. Do you think a certain White Dog might like to come with?"

With sparkling eyes, WD was seated on her leash chair ready to go before Steve responded. Dawg Gone Good is a wonderful boutique that just opened in our neighborhood.
Bright and inviting, the shop holds treasures of every kind for both humans and their canine owners. It is one of the best examples of the wonderful development happening on historic Route 66 in our University neighborhood that is encouraging people to walk (although not in today's heat)and bring their dogs and interact within the community.

When we got there, White Dog barked a greeting but was instantly drawn to the large pup play area inside the door.
Throughout the store, there a comfy spots to sit and share, or to just take a moment to decide between so many tempting choices..
White Dog and I checked out the reading selections and read a beautiful story about Angel pups...thinking of those we love who have recently earned their wings.She found a tug chew toy made of Vibram like the soles of hiking boots that is GUARANTEED to be indestructible. How about it, Remington? Are you up for the challenge? The store would love to hear your feedback and I will send it if you will give it a true Newfie test!

White Dog was having a great time. There was so much to see. Handpainted bowls. T-Shirts for humans with witticisms straight from the pup's mouth. Incredible looking and amazingly delicious cookies. The heat? She wasn't thinking about it at all.
In the end, she found the perfect gift to take home for The White Dog Army...jerky made from buffalo heart (Quinn LOVES buffalo). White Dog waited while Judy rang up her purchase and then took a moment to let her know that Dawg Gone Good was just what our neighborhood had needed. Steve and I seconded our White One's sentiment and added that she and Anna Beth not only had a great store but that it had a fabulous spirit to it. It is clear that both owners love dogs and are committed to making sure life is...dawg gone good.


Wyatt said...

That sounds like good shopping and good fun in any weather!!


24 Paws of Love said...

Sounds like White Dog got just what she needed and at such a great place! Glad you were able do something fun together despite the heat. Stay cool!

Mack said...

Looks like somepuppy had an awesome time!

Brian said...

That sure looks like a WD fun time at a totally incredible shopping place!

Mr. Pip said...

A puppy play area in a store - what a GREAT idea.

Your pal, Pip

Kari in WeHo said...

after living with humidity I love this dry heat even if I use more lotion that ever before


Remington said...

WOWZERS! It's hot where you live! What a great shopping adventure!

Ginger Jasper said...

It sounds like the perfect shop and a perfect solution to a hot day.. I missed yuou all when mum was away. Hugs GJ xx

Sagira said...

That sounds like a great day and what a cool shop! :)

ForPetsSake said...

I love doggie boutiques like these! Poor Matt must follow me along and indulge my craving for all things dog. I think he's a saint...

I was lucky enough to live near the original Planet Dog store in Portland, ME and truly love that company - they do quite a bit for the community both locally and nationally.