The Straight Poop: Drake About Town

Where am I taking my humans today?

Well folks, summer is here, and the livin’ is easy! After a long winter, it’s time to step it up (the Missus has a goal of 10,000 steps per day), and check out over 40 dog friendly business in our neck of the woods. Drake-WEB

I have been writing this column for almost two years, and during this time I’ve meet so many cool dudes, been asked for my paw-tograph, and shared K-9 stories and fun facts about my favorite digs. Locals and tourists stop me on the street and ask me where their fur babies are welcome. So grab your leashes, lead your humans to these tail waggin’ businesses, relax and enjoy a cool one!

Look for the Reader paw print in the window, put on your best manners, give slobbery dog kisses, and you might score a treat!

Downtown Sandpoint

•Cedar Street Bridge

•The Sandpoint Saturday Market

•Cedar Street Bistro Wine Bar

•Boomer’s Barley &Biscuits


•American Angel Studio

•Kyoto Sushi Bar

•Kitchen Essentials

•Staff of Life

•Eve’s Leaves

•Evans Brothers Coffee

•Sunshine Goldmine Co.

•Fresh Sunshine Flowers

•The Alpine Shop (both locations)

•Sharon’s Hallmark

•Lisa V. Maus Studio

•Great Stuff

•Sandpoint Upholstery & Design

•The UPS Store

•219 Lounge

•Idaho Pour Authority

•Understory Coffee & Tea

•The Reader

•Larson’s Department Store

•Hallans Gallery

•South Fork Hardware

•Mick Duff’s Beer Hall and Brewery

•Taylor and Sons Chevrolet

•Flying Fish Company


•Small House Winery

•North 40

•Panhandle Animal Shelter

•Laughing Dog Brewery

•Alpine Motors

•Milltown Distillery

Dog Friendly Offices:

•Keller Williams Real Estate

•The Festival at Sandpoint

•KHQ Newsroom


Doggie Deck Dining: (ask each for seating details)


•Dish at Dover Bay

•Trinity at City Beach

•Beyond Hope Resort

•Pine Street Bakery

•Schweitzer Mountain Resort:

•Ivano’s Ristorante

•Chimney Rock Grill

•Bottle Bay Resort


•Pucci’s Pub

My nose knows there are more dog friendly businesses out there.  If your business is dog friendly, raise your paw and send my buddy Ben Olson at the Reader an email.  He will share it with me and I’ll run over and get The Straight Poop.

Hugs and slobbery dog kisses,
Drake xxoo

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