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.

10 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.

    • Unfortunately there are people who need service dogs, I am sorry if my service dog disrupts your shopping experience. I do my best to make sure he does not leave any deposits on the floor, and when he does I do my best to see that it is cleaned up. Unlike some shoppers who spill their coffee or soft drink on the floor and walk away. Unfortunately there are always those who are afraid of my dog and I do my best to reassure them, the only person my dog has growled at is someone like you who made me feel threatened. He was only trying to tell you to back away to protect me. Most responsible owners do not allow their dogs to run around with fleas and ticks. the most he might have is head lice picked up from your child.
      I will try not to shop at the same time as you, but if I am in the store I suggest you leave since I will not stay at home since you have a problem with my dog and therefore me.

  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.

  4. To the executives of HPB:
    Just today I visited and purchased books from my Half Price Book Store that I have been going to for over twenty years. For the first time my experience today was not good. To my surprise a man and woman were training their puppy dog on a leash using a “metal hand clicker” walking up and down each row. After this had been in progress for over 10 minutes I engaged them in conversation as to this situation and also told the store manager that when I first heard the “clicker” I was alarmed and upset. It was disconcerting and disruptive to me. The clicking sound was threatening to me considering the state of behavioral acts in the news at this time in history. A book store is for people to contemplate upon books. The invasion of dogs on the book aisles for the purpose of training seems out of place to me.
    Sincerely, A former German shepherd dog owner! And a former small book store owner.

      • The dog is not the problem! The dog’s owner was the problem. The man had a hand held metal clicker device he used to train the dog and which he constantly pressed on to make a loud clicking sound. This clicking sound resembled the cocking sound of a gun and was very disconcerting. Please tell me where this is acceptable with all that is going on in the world today. Please!

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