Last weekend Next Dor hosted its first ever event for our beloved pooches, a "yappy hour" at Happy Tails Hotel and Playland in Marlyand Heights. After an afternoon of treats, games, and playing with new friends, our furbabies couldn't have been happier. People who are just pet owners at heart will always be welcome at future yappy hours.
In the meantime, check out some of Next Dor's friendliest faces:
Where is your dog from and how did she come into your life? Pixar spent a good portion of her life at Stray Rescue before I decided to make her my forever dog. I'd been looking for a four-legged friend, and the photos of her on the Stray Rescue website made it clear she had a ton of personality. And she loved to hike.
What is Pixar's favorite thing about St. Louis? Forest Park! She loves the muddy creeks and the acorns and the puddles and the smells. Sometimes, she even likes to walk. She could do without the ducks at the Boathouse, though - they scare her a bit.
If your dog was a television personality, which television personality would she be? Sheldon Cooper. She tries so hard to do well in public settings (and she really is doing better) but she'd much rather be in the apartment with her mama.
Is there anything that makes your dog Jewish? I think my dog might actually be the opposite of Jewish - she'll do anything for bacon. And I adopted her on Easter Sunday.
Editor's note: Sophie chose to answer our questions herself.
Hi, my name's Sophie, and I'm a 5 year old maltipoo from St. Louis, Missouri. Ever since my mom, Mel, has been on the board at Next Dor, I've loved visiting the Next Dor house. My favorite holiday to attend is the 4th of July, but sometimes Mel has to stop me from sniffing around the hot dogs! My favorite place in St. Louis is Happy Tails- I've been going to doggie daycare there ever since I was a puppy! Last week I brought my Next Dor friends and their owners to a very special Yappy Hour at Happy Tails. Boy, was it a howling good time! I really loved hanging with Duffy the Pomeranian- did you know he lives at Next Dorwith his mom, Leah? I'll have to visit him there more often, even on days there aren't hot dogs...
If I were a TV personality, who would I be? It's definitely a good question, especially since watching TV is one of my favorite activities. I do a really good job of protecting Mel every time any animals come on screen. You should hear me during Dog with a Blog. It wears me out! I even bark at unicorns, the Geico pig, and the Humpday camel. It's not easy being a dog! Anyway, I don't know that I could choose a TV personality- I think I have enough personality to have my own TV show... but somedays, I have to admit I can identify with Grumpy Cat... can't we all?
I definitely love my Jewish roots! You should see my toy basket- oodles of Kosher bones, Oy Vey toys, stuffed gelt, and even a Meshugennah monkey. I love unwrapping Chanukah gifts and getting dressed up for the high holidays. Even though I'm originally from St. Louis, I travel back and forth to New York with Mel all the time. Our favorite snack to nosh on is a delish bagel and lox. I lick my chops and gobble it down like the good Jewish dog I am! (See photo)
Did you know there's one more special thing I do? I'm the star of Sophie's Tales children's books about hearing loss! Mel thought my spunky personality was perfect for a picture book character, and she writes as if I have a cochlear implant. It's a great way to raise awareness and help kids with hearing loss. The best part is that with my therapy dog license, I'm able to visit schools with Mel to read Sophie's Tales to kids together. It's definitely a favorite activity of mine!
Uh oh... I think I hear a PetSmart commercial coming on TV so I have to run, but I hope to see you at NextDor soon! Love, Sophie
Owner: Joel Frankel
Where is your dog from? Charlie is from just outside of Defiance, MO. I got him from a breeder out there, Osage Ridge Kennel
What is your dog's favorite thing about St. Louis? Charlie’s favorite thing about St. Louis is the park on Lindell & Grand and the very dog-friendly restaurants in the Central West End
Is there anything that makes Charlie Jewish? Charlie is Jewish because he celebrates Shabbat just like the rest of us. (see picture)
If your dog were a television personality, which television personality would he be? If Charlie was a TV personality, he would be Tim Allen from Tool time, always making a mess of things and woofing when he is trying to assert his dominance
Where is your dog from and how did he come into your life? I was always a cat person so I figured the Duffman would be an easy transition with his vulpine features and gentle personality. He comes from St. Louis County Animal Control. They picked him up from a vacant lot, where he'd been wandering around for weeks. He's a real dumb-dumb when it comes to avoiding traffic and catching prey (so far no luck getting him to eat spiders for me), so I have no idea how he survived—really makes me believe in guardian angels.
He is as sweet as can be—truly our house's No. 1 charmer (sorry Adam). Come visit him at Next Dor anytime!
What is your dog's favorite thing about St. Louis?
Like his mama bear, Duffy believes St. Louis County parks are St. Louis' best kept secret. He has painstakingly reviewed every work of art at Laumeier Sculpture Park (by peeing on each one). He also loves the winding stairs that lead to the bluffs at Castlewood State Park. In another life, he must've been a mountain goat. Or the NYTimes art critic.
If your dog were a television personality, which television personality would he be? Conan O'Brien, and not just because of the weirdly fluffy red hair or the fact that he is constantly sending me into fits of laughter. Sometimes I could just swear Duffy is doing Coco's string dance.
Is there anything that makes Duffy Jewish? Like me, he vomits whenever he tastes bacon.