Outside of a dog . . .

“Outside of a dog, a book is probably man’s best friend;

Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

OMG, HPBers. Today Kristen B. brought Zoe, her ah-dorable foster puppy, up to the store to visit everyone, and she was in such a fine mood that she agreed to a quick photo shoot in the Nature section (naturally.) 

Everyone always asks us whether we are a dog-friendly store, and that’s a good question. In the early days (remember, our first store opened in 1972), we eventually had to limit the employees to 2 dogs per store, per day because we were concerned we’d start to resemble Half Price Pets instead of Half Price Books.

Now, our policy on four-legged friends is handled on a store-by-store basis: some stores welcome dogs, and others know that their customers prefer to shop without barks and tail wags. For those that do welcome pups, they request you bring leashes and respect other customers by not disrupting their shopping experience. 

Seriously, Zoe is just the nicest pup. She found a nice book on Turning in a Circle Before Lying Down and also one on Licking Humans’ Faces before heading back home to Kristen B’s. Before signing out, she wanted to share some additional dog quotes:

“I poured Spot remover on my dog. Now he’s gone.” – Steven Wright

“Some days you’re the dog; some days you’re the hydrant.” – Unknown

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams

“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot about puppies.” – Gene Hill

Do you have dogs? What kind? Or maybe a kitty-cat? Cats love books too! Send us pictures to besocial@hpb.com and maybe we’ll do another pet feature down the road!

— Kristen D.

6 thoughts on “Outside of a dog . . .

  1. Sometimes your pet disrupts another person's shopping experience simply by being present and exuding dander and allergens into the air. Sometimes your pet frightens a small child. Sometimes your pet leaves a deposit on the floor and creates a hazard for others. Sometimes your pet has fleas and ticks, growls at other patrons or just generally creates an environment that is not conducive to bookstore browsing. Pets don't belong in bookstores.

  2. Thank you Half Price Books for being a wonderful store and allowing those who have pets (like me) to bring our animals into your place of business. For those people who don't care for animals in the store, your opinion is absolutely respected. I do give props to HPB for giving us the option!Sincerely,Craig

  3. Sometimes your child does all of the above as well Toni. Does this mean children don't belong in bookstores either? If a dog/child/adult is well behaved and clean, there's no reason they shouldn't be welcome. I can also guarantee that those used books already contain more dander and allergens than a clean dog does.

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