Barking Around Book Hill
It’s no secret that Book Hill is an amazing spot for shopping, but what is the ingredient in the special sauce that sets it apart? The answer may be some of the stores’ best salespeople, the dogs who inhabit many of the stores in the neighborhood. We visited shops from Reservoir Road to P Street. Tom Vogt of Marston Luce may have put it best: “To be able to bring a dog to work every day brings a great deal of character to a store.”
And what better opportunity to meet all of these furry friends than the Georgetown French Market? The French Market is Book Hill’s signature European open air and sidewalk sale, which features up to 75 percent off at more than 35 shops and cafes. The event will take place April 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit GeorgetownDC.com. Remember to bring treats.
STELLA OF CATHERINE ROBERTS Age: 9 years Breed: Yellow Labrador Stella has worked as a therapy dog at Georgetown University Hospital for four years now. She previously worked in pediatric oncology and now works in the emergency room. Her favorite things include treats, going out in the garden behind the store and men. She is a huge flirt.
ASPEN OF PATISSERIE POUPON Age: 5 months Breed: Gold Retriever Aspen is perhaps the newest dog on Book Hill. At only 5 months old, he is still a puppy. Ruth, his owner, says his favorite things include food, toys, mud, playing and children. He is afraid of walking down stairs but is a great jumper. He is very cuddly.
KONA OF ELLA RUE Age: 4 years Breed: Mountain Mastiff (Burmese Mountain and English Mastiff mix) Kona is a lovely doggie. Her owner, Lauren Amons, says Kona’s favorite things are snuggles, belly rubs and babies. “She goes nuts for the snow,” says Amons. Kona is very stylish, shown here wearing a necklace by Stella Dot.
HANNAH OF HEINER CONTEMPORARY Age: 10 years Breed: Mixed Hannah is very food-focused and loves balls, sticks and chicken soup. She is very much a window dog. People walking by often think she is a statue because she sits so still.
BRINCA OF THE PHOENIX Age: 11 years Breed: Boxer Brinca was born in Mexico City. She is a cancer survivor, who had a tumor removed from her shoulder. She loves shopping, dog biscuits, greeting and waiting on customers and jumping. Her name means “jump” in Spanish.
MOLLY AND PHOEBE OF COMER & CO. Ages: 6 years Molly and Phoebe belong to Fred Comer and Mark Manoff. They spend most of their time living in the countryside.
LATTE OF SUSAN CALLOWAY FINE ART Age: 12 years Breed: Maltese Latte is the very energetic Maltese who lives at the Susan Calloway Gallery. He was supposed to be named Cappuccino, but Susan Calloway thought Latte was more appropriate because of his white coat. His full name is Latte Bianca. Latte loves treats, and the mailman brings him one every day. Here he is seen with a portrait of himself.
PENNY OF MARSTON LUCE Age: 11 years Breed: Miniature Schnauzer Penny is the very cute Miniature Schnauzer at Marston Luce. Her owner, Tom Vogt, found her on the website for a Schnauzer Rescue League. Her favorite things include coming to work, riding in the car and cookies. Vogt says Penny has a “very sweet disposition” and that she “gets along with all other dogs and people.”
MISTY OF JUST PAPER & TEA Age: 8 years Breed: German Shepherd Misty is a German Shepherd with a German bloodline. She loves visiting Volta Park and being with her owner Nick. According to him, she is a “ball-head” and loves chasing balls and Frisbees.
VALENTINE, PET OF JOY BLAIR Age: 13 years Valentine loves to play with Stella and Latte, who live at Catherine Roberts and Susan Calloway, respectively. Her favorite things are Gerber chicken sticks and riding in the car. “People love him,” said Blair. “I do, too.”
SHERMAN OF SHERMAN PICKEY (DECEASED) Age: Lived to 16 years Breed: Mixed Sherman was adopted by Sherman Pickey own- er Ethan Drath from the Washington Humane Society. “He had an amazing run,” says Drath. His favorite thing was to sit in the doorway of the store in the sun. Sherman died in 2010, but other dogs are welcomed to the store, which gives complimentary treats to visitors.