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Cover Story - May 16, 2008

The lap dog of luxury

How Pleasantonians pamper their pooches

by story and photos Jerri Pantages Long

Being owned by a dog is a special privilege enjoyed by those who welcome canine companions into their hearts and homes. These four-legged, furry friends become members of our families, and we shape our lives around them, honoring their wacky rituals, giving them time, attention, gifts and soaking up their love and loyalty in return.

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Sources: American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, U.S. Census Bureau POSSIBLE CAPTIONS 4. Socky Foster likes to eat in the company of others – preferably whatever the humans are having. 5. Socky Foster loungers on "her leather couch, while wearing her dress-up rhinestone collar. 6. Cleo and Alan Foster provide Socky with tummy-rubs. 7. Kathy Moreno, owner of Three Dog Bakery, is "assisted" by her dog Sanchez at the counter. 8. Display case at Three Dog Bakery holds a delectable array, including personalized birthday cakes for dogs. 9. Seasonal cookies (such a spring chicks) dipped in carob frosting are among the treats on display at Three Dog Bakery. 10. Little Lola is one of two canine greeters at Three Dog Bakery. 11. Tutu, anyone? In addition to treats, dogs can get snazzy attire at Three Dog Bakery. 12. Is your dog a Democrat or a Republican? Three Dog Bakery features T-shirts with each party's mascot. 13. Patrons can scoop up a variety of dog biscuits at Three Dog Bakery. 14. Fuzzy puppy toys in the shapes of a baby bottle or a pacifier are among the choices at TDB. 15. Lola models a stretchy orange harness that is one of the most popular accessories at TDB. 16. Lola (on the counter) and Sanchez are nose-to-nose at TDB as owner Kathy Moreno looks on. 17. Lola greets regulars Google and Satchmo, who always pull Tom Hermangader to the door ot TDB during their walks. 18. Cyril Bonanno is owned by Maggie, here surrounded by her stuffed toys. 19. Maggie carries her leash in her mouth as a hint for Cyril Bonanno to take her for a walk. 20. Maggie Bonanno models her Doggles, which protect her eyes from dust, grit and insects when she rides in the family truck. ((I HOPE ONE OF THIS SERIES WILL WORK FOR THE COVER)) 21. Maggie Bonanno holds her stuffed frog pet to greet a visitor. Her favorite perch is on the back of the couch, where she can see out the window. 22. Mike Sedak sweeps out Murphy's Paw at the start of the day. 23. " " demonstrates a stretchable leash that helps owners of large dogs walk them comfortably. 24. Melanie Sedak, co-owner of Murphy's Paw, shows the duck that is their best-selling toy. 25. Mike and Melanie Sedak, owners of Murphy's Paw, near one of their display tables. 26. Mike and Melanie Sedak take a moment to relax on the bench outside their shop, Muphy's Paw, next to their distinctive dog statues. 27. Mike Sedak offers a treat to one of the regular visitors to MP. Lola, the Westie garbed in pink cashmere with a matching "pearl" necklace, owns Sarah Freels. 28. ((MAY have photo of Bill and DiAnn Eastman with their Westie, Shamus)) 29. ((MAY have photo of Jim Fields with his cocker spaniel, Penny))


Posted by Rose, a resident of another community
on May 21, 2008 at 3:22 pm

I just want to say that Just Dogs! in the Stoneridge Mall is a very nice store, filled with nice people who really care about animals and your story really didn't have much of an impact that I thought it deserved for that store. They also are a dog bakery that sells many many treats, they have some of the most unique items I've ever seen and when you compare 3 of the same type businesses in one acticle, you want to make sure you cover equally to make it fair and give everyone the same amount of exposure as to not cause any hard feelings, etc.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 21, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Well if this doesn't take the cake! I have 2 mini doxies and they are the most fun people in the world to be around!

Finally, for the first time in my life, I'm proud of my country!

Posted by Mary, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on May 22, 2008 at 9:35 am

I hope this is a beginning to Pleasanton being a more dog friendly town.

Posted by Grace, a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 22, 2008 at 10:19 am

Nice article, and sounds as if there are some good places to buy pet accessories. Interesting to read about the "dog goggles" to protect the dog's eyes while he hangs his head out the window... although I'm not sure how good an idea that is, hanging out the window; as a society we tell our kids not to do that. Do these stores which carry things to pamper and protect our pooches also sell doggie-seat-restraints? I would hope that more people would realize that the current trend of settling the little "best friends" on their laps, between the steering wheel and the owner/driver's chest is a pretty risky practice. Um, what happens to dear sweet Fluffy when the air bag is deployed in a fender-bender?

Posted by Mike, a resident of Val Vista
on Jun 9, 2008 at 8:55 am

Answer for Grace in Highland Oaks: Murphy's Paw carries car seat restraints for dogs. In fact, one of the owners is an expert in occupant protection and strongly supports properly restraining dogs. There is current legislation that would make holding your dog in your lap illegal. However, it doesn't say how the dog should be transported otherwise.

The bill is making its way through the legislative process swiftly.