It’s great to be able to walk around to do errands and visit our neighborhood businesses. And for those of us with dogs, we’re likely to take the furry beasts with us since they need the exercise too and get pouty if you go off without them.
But there’s one problem with that plan. Sometimes you walk to a business and can’t find a place to tie up the dog while you’re inside.
Two places I go to have done things the right way, with dedicated hitchin’ posts outside the business.
Katy’s is probably the fanciest, with custom bone shaped attachments on the side of the building:
And The Bottleneck recently added their own simple but effective version with metal hooks under the windows:
A few tips: it’s great when there’s two spots available with a bit of distance between them so that multiple dogs can wait without worrying about territorial disputes. And they’re best when right up next to the building, to give some protection from our impending season of wetness.
So for all of the other un-hitched businesses, please try to follow their lead and get some hitchin’ spots for your store, and I think you’ll get a lot more traffic from all the pet owners in the neighborhood.
And BTW – we have a regional star in the making with our Bottleneck Lounge. They’re in the running for Best Neighborhood Bar in Western Washington. Show your neighborhood pride and give them a vote at http://best.king5.com/contests/best-of-western-washington/23