Headlines for August 27, 2006
On creating a dog-friendly workplace:
Dog-friendly offices are good for dogs, but more importantly, they're good for business. It certainly helps attract and retain great employees.
Generally positive article about dog parks despite the headline:
Dog parks are a product of increasing dog ownership, growing recognition that exercise and socializing can reduce canine misbehavior, and the lure of rubbing elbows with fellow dog lovers.
Two guys opened up the Pup N Cup Doggie Boutique Cafe in Vancouver Island, B.C. with the idea of selling self-serve coffee to owners as an added treat. The Vancouver Island Health Authority shut them down for health hazards, even though the owners had stated their intent in the online application. The VIHA blame their email application for cutting off the owner's application for permits.
"We told them exactly what we were going to do. We told them we were going to offer dog services, we were going to be a dog store, we were a doggy boutique specializing in high-end clothing, foods, that kind of thing for dogs and coffee for humans," Luker said. "And that's what we put on our application."
The owners now plan a form of civil disobedience: selling coffee to dogs.
Source: Peninsula News Review: CRD shih tzu'd dog coffee shop (August 25, 2006). Other coverage: Times Colonist: Pup N Cup business plans going to the dogs (August 9, 2006), Citizen Canine Dog Forum: VANCOUVER ISLAND HEALTH AUTHORITY THINKS OUR DOGS ARE DIRTY! (August 8, 2006).
A researcher at the Charlottetown, PEI Atlantic Veterinary College has fitted dogs with pedometers, in an effort to see if emphasis on the dog's health will help improve the owner's health as well:
Because people love their dogs and want their dogs to be happy and healthy, just like they want themselves to be happy and healthy. We hope we can translate that very close bond into something tangible health-wise.