Yappy holidays: Fort Greene pet store hosts canine Christmas party

Yappy holidays: Fort Greene pet store hosts canine Christmas party
Photo by Jason Speakman

Here comes Santa Paws.

The Fort Greene pet store Who’s Your Doggy held its annual holiday party on Thursday night, rewarding two and four-legged customers with treats and a Christmas-themed photo both, complete with canine-sized Santa hats. One regular customer said the shop is more than just a place to buy Kibbles ’n’ Bits.

“It’s really a community hub for pet and dog owners in the area,” said Clinton Hill resident Lauren Gumbs, who brought her three rescue dogs for a bath and stayed for the festivities.

The store’s owners try to host celebrations for all the major holidays as a way to show appreciation for the customers, and to foster a community around the store, an assistant manager said.

“This neighborhood is really dog-oriented,” said Shannon Legg. “This store tries to be a factor in that.”

The store offered discounts, cookies for the people, and treats for the dogs. The big draw was the photo booth, which was decorated with mistletoe and pig ears. Another regular customer, whose dog Sadie dragged him into the store mid-walk, said the gathering sold him on the shop.

“I really liked the store before,” said Chris Maceira, a Fort Greene resident. “And seeing them put on events like this makes me like it even more.”

The photo booth made for some great holiday pet pictures, but the dogs had more fun with their edible gifts. Gumbs said that was definitely true of her Shih Tzu Lars.

“In classic Brooklyn style, I wish I could say he’s a vegan. But that would be a lie,” she said. “He loved the pig ears.”

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260–8310. E-mail him at mperl‌[email protected]‌ngloc‌al.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.

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