Whether we feel guilty for leaving our fur babies at home too long or we just enjoy their company, why not bring them along if it is possible.

Maximus (my Italian greyhound) loves running errands because he enjoys car rides and is slightly obsessed with his Mommy.  The reason why I love bringing Max or Winston (my baby brother Frenchie) to dog-friendly stores is that I never feel like I am alone with my fur squad in tow.

If you are unsure of visiting specific stores, a good rule of thumb is to call ahead.  You can also check with the manager upon entering.  Some store policies may vary according to its specific location and state.  



Max lives for just about any drive-thru experience, but there is something about going to Starbucks that gets him “next level” excited.  For those of you who don’t know, Starbucks will give your pup a complimentary puppuccino (whipped cream made of cream and sugar) off their secret menu.  On Max’s birthday and special occasions, I let him have a reward for being a superstar.  Definitely not the healthiest choice of treats, but the joy he experiences is reminiscent of the first time I bit into a Reese’s peanut butter cup.

Unfortunately, most Starbucks will not let you bring your pets inside, but some do have dog-friendly patios

We are also fortunate to have a drive up window at our favorite breakfast bagel and smoothie joint in Huntington Beach, Bagelmania.  They sometimes even offer us some of Max’s favorite healthy treat sample bags from Just Food For Dogs.


Most banks these days have a drive-thru.  I am at the bank at least once a week and my pup loves going for the short ride with me.  

dog-friendly stores


The CVS near our home is wonderful to us when we come in.  The first time I brought Max in I was carrying him and I asked if it would be ok to bring him inside.

They insisted I put him down… so they could play with him. 


I don’t know about you, but I feel like an Alien from another planet when I enter Home Depot.  Let’s just say I feel more comfortable at  Sephora.

Now that I have a man, hallelujah, I have become more of a fixture on the Home Depot scene.  Literally, Ryan took me here when we were barely dating a month.

I have to say they have great prices and I love their plant section.  Is that what it’s called? Haha

dog-friendly stores


  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond
  • Macy’s (unless specific location malls restrict)
  • Restoration Hardware
  • Lush Cosmetics (who are a cruelty-free brand we love)
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Ross Dress For Less
  • Urban Outfitters 
  • Pet Stores (Need food, treats, toys, a new leash…bring your pup with you)
dog-friendly stores

I absolutely love that more and more stores are slowly becoming more dog-friendly!

Let’s all make sure they stay that way.  If your dog is not well-behaved or is having a bad day, probably best to run your errands solo until the day comes when they are ready.

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