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The Buzz: Bring the dog

A handful of businesses welcome your furry friends

Jul. 26, 2013
 
Three golden retriever puppies
Three golden retriever puppies / Getty Images

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Where can I go out to eat and take my dog?” a reader asked me last week. “I was in Florida this winter and I could take my dog everywhere.”

Her social Yorkiepoo wasn’t happy staying home and she wanted to take the well-behaved pooch to restaurants. Of course she was talking about dining outdoors.

I posted the question online and got some passionate responses from readers that ranged from, “Gross!” to long emails from readers who were animal lovers.

“I feel this area is anti/non-dog friendly,” said Kristen Lohrbach. “I used to live in the San Diego area and dogs were everywhere and businesses were accommodating and welcoming of the furry friends.”

She was even chastised by a gas station attendant here when she carried her dog inside with her to pay rather than leave him in the car on a hot day. As far as dog-friendly places, she said “I haven’t found any.”

Kirsten Wengeler agreed. “We have found the Fox Valley to be especially dog unfriendly. Our well-behaved golden retrievers love people and people love them. It breaks our hearts that we cannot take them more places in our surrounding area.”

She and her husband found the Fin ‘n’ Feather’s staff in Winneconne to be welcoming when they pulled up in their boat, even bringing the dog some water. But they had the welcome mat pulled away elsewhere.

Based on reader tips, you can sit outside with your dog at Copper Rock Coffee Co. North, at County JJ and Ballard Road in Appleton; The StoneYard on County JJ, also on Appleton’s north side; and Sambrulos in Grand Chute as long as the dog is little, well behaved and doesn’t disturb fellow diners.

The mom of the Yorkiepoo told me about a few more places where she’d taken her pooch, but she must have sweet-talked the wait staff. Now a number of managers told me they only allow seeing-eye dogs.

A few more responses from readers:

“You can take your dog to Zuppa’s in Neenah to eat on the outside patio,” emailed a reader called Shari B.

“We love dogs,” confirmed chef/owner Peter Kuenzi of Zuppa’s in Neenah.

At the suggestion of my co-worker Shayla Brooks, I checked the Fox River House, a bar in Appleton that has an outdoor beer garden.

Owner Patti Coenen says dog owners regularly stop for a beer on the back patio when they’re walking their dogs in the early evening. That began with a “doggie happy hour” on Tuesdays a few years ago and expanded. “We’re pretty flexible about it as long as it’s not crazy busy back there and if the dog is on a leash and is well behaved,” said Coenen.

Readers pointed out that some nonfood businesses also welcome dogs, and not just pet supply stores.

“Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome at Krueger True Value in Neenah,” said Ryan Brandenburg. “My dog very much enjoyed cleaning up the floor near the popcorn machine.

On Saturday, The Wreath Factory in Menasha invites dogs and their owners to its third annual “Dog Days” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store has a pet photo contest and donation drive for area animal shelters. In addition, your dog is your coupon. Take 30 percent off one item if you have your dog with you.

Customers bring dogs into The Wreath Factory nearly every day. “We’re dog-friendly all of the time,” said Matt Trotter, marketing manager for the store. “Everyone loves them.”

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