Hi there! Jackie Here. The canine voice behind the duo that is the Eat, Drink, Be Hairy blog. I write this blog along with my Humom (Human Mom), Joelle.
Girlfriend is a shopper. While the most dog-friendly place for Humom to shop is online in our own home, after learning that Old Navy may be dog-friendly, she resolved to test the waters for anyone interested in clothes shopping with their dog in tow.
An initial call to the South St. Louis County Old Navy location resulted in us being told I was not allowed in their store. The Ladue location (Ladue Crossing, 8881 Ladue Rd., Ladue, Mo. 63124 | (314) 863-9119), however, was a different story. The manager there confirmed their location does allow dogs.
I must admit, we were a bit apprehensive when we approached the Ladue store. Humom said she has never seen a dog in any Old Navy store. We were also apprehensive because, well, Ladue. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in the City of Ladue is $160,270. Comparatively, the median income in the State of Missouri is $47,333. The median value of owner-occupied housing units in Ladue is $725,700. This is seemingly no place for shenanigans, nor perhaps my breed of dog, a breed that is grossly misunderstood and unfairly judged.
But perhaps Ladue is also unfairly judged. In this average-sized Old Navy store, situated in a strip mall just off I-170 at Ladue Rd., I was perhaps the highlight of many of the Old Navy’s workers’ day. Unnoticed at first, I mostly lounged on the concrete floor while Humom did her thing. “That is a Pit!” exclaimed one shopper, with glee, as she spotted me on the floor in the clearance isle. Fearful she would wet herself with excitement, we quickly moved on to other bargains – on this particular day, “everything is on sale”.
At the checkout, we overheard the gentleman in front of us ask the sales associate if dogs are allowed in the store. “They certainly are,” she happily replied.
Humom said that while it was not easy shopping with a dog on one arm and clothes in the other, she is fortunate to have me by her side. You never know what kind of hoodlums you’ll run into in Ladue, Mo.
~ Jackie Brown