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Getting Sloppy Kisses in Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs Dog-Friendly Downtown decalWe 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.

  • Dogggylover1 says:

    Saratoga is a great pet friendly place but everyone knows that the owner of Sloppy Kisses is extremely RUDE. I would never suggest shopping there and everyone I’ve ever asked talked to about sloppy kisses has said the same thing. As a true dog lover I’ve given them a few chances and every time was worse than the last. RUDE RUDE RUDE

    • Honestly, I’m quite surprised by your comment. We found Melanie to be very friendly and welcoming when we were in Saratoga. We’d never met her before, but she invited us to park the RV in front of her store during the scavenger hunt and even sent homemade treats for the dogs. I’m sorry your experience was not as pleasant as ours.

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