We were in the Catskills … heading to the Adirondacks. En route, a tweet from @toby_pup alerted us to “a big dog friendly event” in Saratoga Springs, NY. We did some research, and found out that Dog-Friendly Downtown was officially launching on Saturday (tomorrow). So we did what any self-respecting dog lover would do – track down someone in the know.
We met with Melanie Dallas, owner of Sloppy Kisses and co-creator (along with Adrianna Flax of Saratoga Arts) of the Dog-Friendly Downtown initiative. According to Melanie, the goal was simple: get shops in downtown Saratoga Springs to identify and market themselves as dog friendly. So starting about a year ago with a test group of 12 businesses, the number of participating stores grew to 20, and now numbers 35. Dog owners can identify these shops by a decal displayed on the storefront door or window. Interestingly, no participating store has dropped out after signing on – we’d have to conclude that being dog friendly has been good for business!
On Saturday, the initiative officially launches. From 11 am to 3 pm, there will be scavanger hunt involving the participating businesses. Dog owners and their companions must collect answers to canine questions specific to each store or store owner. From 3 pm to 5 pm, there’s a Yappy Hour at Putnum Den where prizes will be awarded to scavenger hunt winners.
Here’s some Sloppy Kisses pics. We’ll be doing a follow up report on Monday!
Here’s the interview with Melanie and Dani Stein of Saratoga.com that led us to Sloppy Kisses.
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