The Straight Poop: the quest to find dog-friendly businesses in North Idaho

The Alpine Shop

By Drake the Dog
Reader Columnist

Where am I going to take my humans today? They are whooshing and schussing along with me to The Alpine Shop.  I’m going on a play-date with my BWF (Best Woof Friend) Waylon, not to be confused with Mr. Jennings. Waylon lives with Brent and Nicole Eacret and their children Bode (6) and Ty (9). The Missus met Waylon – the official shop dog, last November when he was just a puppy. Now he is a full-grown Golden Retriever. Waylon helped her pick out her favorite ski pants. Paws up– she looks awesome in them!

Brent and Nicole Eacret, posing with Drake (left) and Waylon (right).

Brent and Nicole Eacret, posing with Drake (left) and Waylon (right).

Since we all live in a four seasons outdoor paradise, I did the ‘shaka’ when Nicole told me that store carries gear that is a combination fashion forward and technical design.  To prove it, she showed me doggie life vests, collars, packs, and pads for paddleboards so I won’t fall off!  I am asking Santa for doggie goggles and an all weather visor and parka for Christmas. Just as the postman came in to say hi, play Shaka-Paw, deliver the mail, and offer Waylon and me treats, Nicole said she’d tell Santa about my holiday wish list.

So, I’m sure you fashion forward pooches (and your humans) want to know…what’s trending this winter?  The Missus will be layering up with the vintage sweater look (check out the line from Dale of Norway) and leggings- perfect for après ski.  What else is hot?  Ski and snowboard gear, accessories and heated boots!  Brent shared that they will be carrying a new line of heated gloves this year. These beauties will heat each finger and not just the palm of your hand!  Will they have my size?  Heated paws are an all day, all terrain, grain free treat! Waylon and I say “Woof Woof” to heated gloves and boots!

Rick has been fitting ski boots for over twenty years. He is finally talking The Mr. (a Jean-Claude Killy wannabe) into new boots for the upcoming season.  My ears perked up when he said, “The boots and skis can’t live here…they will be much happier living at your house.”  Guess who is getting new boots AND skis?  Great two paws up- selling skills Rick!

The Eacret’s are animal lovers and appreciate the happiness we bring to our humans. Since Sandpoint is a walking town, they encourage folks that are out for a walk with their well-behaved pooches to stop in and say hi, look at all of the cool gear, make friends, play with Waylon and shop.

The dog-friendly Alpine Shop will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in January 2016. Let’s get this party started and party all year!

So, here’s the Straight Poop when you take your humans to the downtown Alpine Shop:

1. Schedule a play date with Waylon in advance.  His dance card fills up quickly, and he is only in the shop when he promises to mind his manners.

2. No chewing on the goods.

3. Give your humans a few “paws up” approvals when they try on the gear.

4. Bring your manners and keep them on when you are in the shop.

5. Share your holiday wish list items with the staff.

6. If you need to use the facilities, take the poop bag and go outside.

7. Don’t forget to visit The Alpine Shop at Schweitzer Mountain for the same great dog friendly experience!

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