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Pet-Friendly Businesses

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
4 years ago


With summer temperatures soaring across the country, it is critically important not to leave your best fur friends in a hot car even for a moment. Fortunately, there are plenty of pet-friendly businesses that you may not know allow dogs inside. If you’d like to take your pup for a well-deserved car ride, consider any of these businesses that cater to canines.

Pet Stores

Of course, nearly all pet stores will permit your pups and kitties inside at any time. Be prepared for lots of people who want to pet and play with your dog, and keep an eye on her if she’s the type that will help herself to the strategically-placed chew toys and treats on the lower shelves (not that we’re speaking from experience or anything).

Hardware Stores

Many Home Depot and Lowes stores will gladly welcome your pooch, but call ahead first; some managers use discretion to implement no-pet policies if there are staff members with severe allergies or other complications. Chances are good that your local hardware store will admit your dog, as well. Since these stores do not carry food items, they are not held to the same health department standards that keep pets away from grocery stores and restaurants.


Barnes and Noble stores welcome dogs (again, call ahead to verify at your local B&N), and many local bookstores will gladly welcome Fido, as well. Bring a small blanket for your pup to lounge on while you peruse your newest purchase in those big, comfy chairs.


Believe it or not, this fashion staple has a long history of supporting animal advocacy groups and welcomes your furry best friend to come browse the aisles with you. They have donated storefront space to the SPCA and hold many pet-friendly events throughout the year. Staff are often surprisingly dog-savvy and they may even have a big bowl of Milkbones behind the counter.


Starbucks has a secret menu that includes a Puppuccino for your pooch. While this is basically just a cup of whipped cream, isn’t that all it takes to make your pup happy? Enjoy your non-fat chai latte while your buddy laps up his Puppuccino, but keep an eye on your pup afterwards if you’re not sure how his tummy tolerates dairy products.


If you’re lucky enough to live in a region with this delicious burger chain, ask for a Flying Dutchman for your dog. This secret menu item consisting of two beef patties and two slices of cheese isn’t necessarily only for dogs, but rumor has it that it was created as a dog-friendly option for customers who arrived with their adorable pups in tow.

Dairy Queen

Ask your DQ cashier for a Pup Cup and you’ll receive a free small serving of vanilla ice cream just for your pup! Again, monitor your pet after enjoying his treat if you’re not sure how they’ll handle dairy treats.

Many more restaurants and businesses than you realize will welcome your dog inside or offer them a special treat. It never hurts to ask a staffmember for permission to bring your dog inside, but if they are not welcome, please take your pup home before returning. Even on relatively mild days, the temperature inside a locked car can skyrocket to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes. Enjoy a fun and tasty summer with your pet!

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