I don’t own a dog. I probably never will. I have a kid and they are enough work. That being said, many of you have dogs and I know many (all of you?) drink beer. There’s plenty of places on the Tap Trail that allow you to have dogs on premises, but my amateur understanding of the canine species is that they like to run. A lot. Being tied up or controlled is against their nature.
A few days ago Rylan and Amy Schoen opened up Paws for a Beer, Bellingham’s first off-leash dog beer bar. According to Rylan, there’s about six of these businesses in the US. The idea came to him when he took his dog, Crosby, – a black lab border collie mix – out for a pint, only to have him stressed out by not being able to run around. He’d often be drinking a beer with Crosby tied up to the table, per house rules. Crosby’s anxiety would rise and he wanted to build a place that would make he and his dog happy.