Pet Friendly Bookstores

As an animal lover and author, this Fourth of July I find myself thinking of two great loves – pets and books.  With the summer beach reading season upon us, I thought it would be fun to celebrate bookstores who welcome animals.  If you know a pet friendly bookstore, let me know.  I will compile a list and publish it on this blog in the future.

A great bookstore is a wonderful gift to a community.  It is a place of learning, exploration and discovery.  It is also a place for us to gather as and celebrate community.  Since pets transform our lives it makes sense that well-behaved animals be part of the social experience of bookstores.  When we return home with a new book, I submit there is nothing more tranquil than having a cat in my lap while I open the first page.  So, let’s create a list of all the great bookstores who welcome animals!   I will start the list with:

Changing Hands, Tempe, Arizona
Bookends, Kailua, Hawaii  
Valley Bookseller, Stillwater, Minnesota
HearthFire Books, Evergreen, Colorado
Wild Rumpus, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Next Page Bookstore & Tea Bar, Frisco, Colorado  

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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