One of our Quick & Dirty Survey questions asked, “Do you have a bookstore pet?”
40% of respondents answered YES
60% of respondents answered NO
Many of the NO responses were punctuated with sad emojis and heavy sighs, citing the health department and allergies as barriers. And while some stores do not have their own pet, they promote their stores as dog-friendly, allowing entrance to four-legged customers.
It would have been difficult to honor the bookstore pets together on National Pet Day (April 11), so instead we’ll be individually featuring a few of these beloved bookstore pets in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, meet Cat. Her acquisition and naming began with this text conversation I had with my daughter Cecilia–who is a Breakfast at Tiffany’s fan–but I claim her for Books & Whatnot. (Cat is typically a good editor, although sometimes she becomes impatient with me and tries to take over the keyboard. I blame her lack of opposable thumbs for my typos.)
If you didn’t have a chance to answer the survey question, but have a bookstore pet we should feature, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.