“We Are Dog Friendly”

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi

When I stopped into Hodge Wine and Spirits the other day to pick up a bottle of wine, I noticed an unusual sign in the front window.

“We Are Dog Friendly”
The sign struck me in a way that I was not expecting. This was the first time that I had ever seen a sign of this sort in Buffalo. Not to say that Hodge Wine and Spirits is the only business in Buffalo that is dog friendly, it’s just that most stores aren’t, and even the ones that are don’t go out of their way to advertise it. I asked owner Jim Pepe about the sign, and he agreed that it was true – that he and his staff continually welcome dogs into the store to walk around as their owners browse the aisles. “To tell you the truth,” Jim told me. “I’ve never had a problem with a dog in all of the years that we’ve invited them into the store. They don’t steal, they don’t yell, they don’t argue… I can’t say that about some of the people that have come in here [laughing].”
I’m all for having dog friendly shopping experiences in Buffalo. I know a bunch of shops where the owners have their dogs on the premises. In those cases, I try to bring my own dog along with me when I know they have a four-legged friend to visit. I have heard that there are certain cities that are much dog-friendlier than others (even restaurants depending on the state laws). I wouldn’t rank Buffalo as high in that department, but I do try to support the businesses that attempt to be kind to neighborhood pets. “We even have special treats back behind the counter for the dogs who come to visit,” Jim told me, as he held up a canister of dog treats. 
As much as I try to mix it up when I’m out shopping for wine, I will definitely be making a special trip over to Hodge Wine and Spirits this holiday season with my canine friend in tow. Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a shopping experience that much more pleasurable. 
Hodge Wine & Spirits
463 Elmwood @ Hodge
Buffalo NY 14222
716.884.6669

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Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

28 comments
davvid
davvid

What about a community's attitude toward nudism? Is that also an indicator?

Irish507
Irish507

I go out of my way to patronize businesses that welcome my small, well-behaved dog. After reading this I may even start drinking again!

Also, I wish there were more dog-friendly rentals in Buffalo. But that's another story.

buffloonitick
buffloonitick

oh. the world is going to end on December 12th?

why am i always the last to know these things?

i should probably mark that date on my calendar.

GreenGuy
GreenGuy

I'm glad this store is getting some good press for, a couple of years ago while on Elmwood walking my dog I tried tying her up so I could run in for a spur of the moment purchase. Unfortunitly she was not going to have anything to do with being left tied to the street sign outside so as I was walking away without having been able to go in, one of the workers ran out and said she could come in. With a 130lb Great Dane, who was extremely happy to be in a store let alone a liquor store, it was the most terrifing trip to Hodge Liquor I have ever had! Her tail of distruction didn't do any damage and I was able to get a bottle of wine for dinner and we both left with a little more bounce in our step..

Dan
Dan

> So you're measuring Buffalo's "progressiveness" by whether or not dogs are allowed in businesses?

It's one of many indicators, not the only indicator.

grad94
grad94

guess you've never seen a dog enjoy 'treats' scrounged from the cat's litter box as i have.

NorthBuf
NorthBuf

While I wouldn't mind and would love to have dogs in the cemetery, people probably get all uptight when some dog pees on their loved ones' overly expensive headstone

Malone_C
Malone_C

Parisians make me sick, if that counts

LouisTully
LouisTully

Some of you people sound miserable. You should get a dog. The companionship will make you less miserable and more likeable. Maybe you'll be invited to more parties. Then you can bring your dog and help another miserable soul step back from the ledge.

DMZ
DMZ

Has anyone ever said "This party needs more dogs"? There is nothing more annoying then the attention starved person who brings a dog to a crowded festival, party, or bar. The people who proceed to pet and engage in baby talk with these dogs are enablers and just as responsible.

Up and coming
Up and coming

Dogs mouths are actually cleaner than humans, true story. On an episode of Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, he proves it by going to a dog park and taking swabs from the inside of a dogs mouth and comparing it to his. On each instance the dogs mouth is cleaner.

Captain Picard
Captain Picard

If I licked my anus and then licked your face, would you consider that hygienic? Probably not.

My point is, just because proof of something has not been determined does not make it false.

Rand503
Rand503

I would like to know if the people of Paris get sick more often than people in other cities. In Paris, dogs are allowed in hotels, restaurants, cafes or wherever.

If the hygiene rule were true, then Parisians must get sick much more often than people in other cities. Unless there is proof of that, I'm going to claim that it's just one of those urban myths that sound reasonable but have no basis in fact or good science.

Rand503
Rand503

What, because they poop on the floor?

I would suggest that the average dog is at least as clean and healthy as the average human being. We upright animals carry tons of germs and bacteria on our bodies every day, and that's not to mention the gross stuff attached to our clothes.

If you want good hygeine, you should ban all people from stores. Just let the robots shop for us.

waleswatcher
waleswatcher

@ForestBird - I would like your perspective on dogs in cemeteries. Do you work at one? Frequent them?

I can see the poo argument - but other than that, are there other reasons you think dogs don't belong in cemeteries?

As someone who plans on dying eventually, I would not mind the company at my final resting place. I always look at predominatly empty cemeteries and think how lonely they look, and wonder if there isn't a lost opportunity for dual use, but that is just me.

ForestBird
ForestBird

Dogs are already banned from the Allentown Art Festival and EVERY event held on City property.

ps - Keep your dogs out of cemeteries, which are not "parks" and universally ban dogs.

davvid
davvid

I am personally not comfortable with dogs in crowded or small public spaces. I cannot understand why people bring their dogs to bars. Maybe they're trying to attract other socially awkward dog lovers. A sleepy cat in a bookstore is fine with me but I should not have to worry about somebody's dog licking my pants or trying to get to the piece of food that I dropped on the floor. A spacious wine shop does seem like an OK place for a well behaved dog though.

Also, plenty of apts in progressive dog-paradise Brooklyn do not allow pets.

LouisTully
LouisTully

So you're measuring Buffalo's "progressiveness" by whether or not dogs are allowed in businesses? That seems like the dumbest system of measurement since Ken Lay threw money at Lou Pai because he was doing a good job of losing money.

The Humane Society says 39% of households have a dog. I doubt handfuls of Buffalo apartments are empty because they don't permit dogs.

Dan
Dan

Buffalo demonstrates that it will be the safest place on the planet when the end of the world comes on December 12. That's because it's still 1990 there.

When I lived in Denver about 10-15 years ago, the businesses where you _couldn't_ bring your dogs were the exceptions. Most of the businesses along West 32nd Street not only encouraged you to bring your dogs inside, but they also had bowls of dog treats at the register. In Buffalo in 2012, the opposite is true.

A few years ago, when I was looking at places to rent in Buffalo, very few allowed pets. In other cities, "NO DOGS" is a surefire way for landlords to ensure their apartments remain empty for months at a time.

buffalofalling
buffalofalling

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mahatma Gandhi

We're doing great if you consider keeping a highly active dog like a weimaraner or vizsla that requires daily vigorous activity locked in a small apartment or house all day while their owners are at work.

MG
MG

My dog is my escort. I'm a pedestrian and when I'm returning home late at night I have no qualms about being on the street. There are many places I will not stop because there is no place for me to even tie him up outside. Those places lose my business. He carries his own treats and water and I will not take him to festivals or places unsafe for him.

ivan putski jr
ivan putski jr

Colter Bay is pretty dog friendly....seen a lot of dogs there..big ole sloppy ones. Although I think they should ban dogs from the Allentown Art Festival...too damn hot and crowded for dogs, but people bring them anyways....sometimes even with their strollers and babies....and there's always some jackass carrying a snake around his neck just looking for people's reactions...loser

Malone_C
Malone_C

Good points, the same argument could be made for children, as well. Kids are the worst, they are like cats.

Captain Picard
Captain Picard

Oh, brother.

Cats and dogs are wonderful, sweet additions to the family and they make life worth living. But they are also filthy and have no regard for personal hygiene, on account of them being non-sentient brainless morons.

They really don't have any place inside local businesses, unless said business caters specifically to them (e.g. pet shop, groomer, Chinese restaurant, etc).

Malone_C
Malone_C

Cats are the worst. They should be made illegal as they represent evil; they are like...

grad94
grad94

i agree to a degree. i love it when stores have cats. but there are sound health code reasons why dogs are not permitted in grocery stores.

LouisTully
LouisTully

Being able to bring your dog into a shop is huge. I don't know what PC says about it, but I have tied my dogs up outside a store and it's obviously less than the ideal choice, for a variety of reasons. I would go out of my way to patronize a store like this that goes out of their way to accommodate me.

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