CA­NINE CON­VE­NIENCE

Cape Bre­ton dog lover com­pil­ing list of dog-friendly busi­nesses

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Cape Bre­ton dog lover com­pil­ing list of dogfriendly busi­nesses.

A lo­cal dog lover is com­pil­ing a list of dog-friendly busi­nesses in the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity so that peo­ple won’t be tempted to leave their furry friends in a hot car dur­ing the sum­mer months.

Han­nah McIlveen, owner of Open Arms Board­ing Ken­nel and Day­care in River Ryan, said so far she’s com­piled a list of more than 100 busi­nesses through­out the re­gion that wel­come cus­tomers vis­it­ing with their ca­nine com­pan­ions. She be­lieves it’s im­por­tant to get the in­for­ma­tion out to dog own­ers with warmer tem­per­a­tures on the hori­zon.

“Peo­ple are al­ways ask­ing me if I know of any cool places to go that they can take their dog, a lot of peo­ple want restau­rants where they can eat out on the pa­tio and stuff like that,” McIlveen said.

“It’s never safe to leave a dog unat­tended in a car, es­pe­cially this time of year it starts to be­come a true con­cern and even five min­utes can be ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.”

She said she looked around to see if any­one else had al­ready com­piled a sim­i­lar list but found noth­ing avail­able.

“I thought maybe I could crowd-source it a lit­tle bit and do some call­ing around my­self and try to come up with some­thing that could hope­fully sus­tain us over a few summers and added to and sup­ple­mented as new busi­nesses open,” McIlveen said.

She cold-called busi­nesses, went through busi­ness di­rec­to­ries and con­sulted Google maps look­ing for busi­nesses.

Dog own­ers are of­ten look­ing for new places where they can take their pooches, she said. The re­sponse to the idea of a list­ing of dog-friendly busi­nesses has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive, McIlveen said.

“More peo­ple than I thought went out of their way to mes­sage me and say, ‘Yes, we even have treats for them, ev­ery­one’s wel­come, bring them on in,’” she said.

As for those who may ask why peo­ple don’t just leave their dogs at home, McIlveen said some an­i­mals suf­fer from sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety and own­ers don’t like to leave them at home alone be­cause it is stress­ful for the dog.

“Any­time they’re able to bring the dog with them, it’s bet­ter for the dog and it makes the owner feel bet­ter,” she said. “It’s frankly just kind of fun to bring your dogs places, it’s en­rich­ing for them, it’s good to get them so­cial­ized, es­pe­cially if you have a puppy and you want to bring them out to meet strangers.”

The list isn’t on­line yet, but McIlveen said she hopes to have it up on her busi­ness’s Facebook page and on its web­site this week­end.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to pass along in­for­ma­tion about a dog-friendly busi­ness, visit https://ope­n­armsken­nel.word­press.com or https://www.facebook.com/ope­n­armsken­nel, text mes­sage or voice­mail 902-5770808, email ope­n­armsken­nel@ gmail.com, or In­sta­gram di­rect mes­sag­ing @ope­n­armsken­nel.

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Han­nah McIlveen, owner of Open Arms Board­ing Ken­nel and Day­care in River Ryan, is com­pil­ing a list of dogfriendly en­ter­prises in the CBRM in hopes of re­duc­ing in­ci­dents where peo­ple leave their four-legged friends in hot cars in the sum­mer months.

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