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“Just let me off the leash, I promise I won’t touch a thing…”I have never seen a bull in a china shop, but I imagine it would be a much calmer scene than a Mr. Eko in Just Dogs! Owner Marianne Charbonneau embraced Eko’s enthusiasm and was happy to tell us about all of the home baked treats. It was great to meet someone who was so passionate about pets and passionate about her craft. Don’t take my word for it, I practically had to drag Eko out of the store. If you are in Philly with your pup, Just Dogs! is definitely worth a visit. Just be sure to have a firm grip on your leash. Eko had his fill, but I needed some dinner so we stopped at an ATM before heading over to the Northern Liberties section of the city.
Don’t spend it all in one placeThe Northern Liberties section of Philly is an awesome place for dogs – I could barely walk a block before someone would stop me and want to talk about Eko. I have quickly learned that when you travel with a dog the entire world is your friend. There are plenty of restaurants in Philly with outdoor seating, but it wasn’t until Eko and I hit Northern Liberties that I felt like we hand found a truly pet-friendly spot. The waitress at The Abbaye had barely handed me my menu before she returned with a bowl of water and a snack for Eko. If you are looking for some great pet-friendly dining in Philadelphia, you can’t go wrong in Northern Liberties.
Northern Liberties – Where the waiters pay more attention to your dog. And you like it.You can’t visit Philadelphia without checking in with our founding fathers, but as it turns out the patriots of Independence Hall are not available after dark. In any event, dogs aren’t allowed inside to sniff out the Liberty Bell, so we didn’t miss much. In protest to all dogs who are not allowed in the museum, Eko decided to start an Occupy Sidewalk movement.
Give me liberty or give me treats!I eventually convinced Eko to hit the road so we made our way over to JFK Plaza aka Love Park. When you’re in the city of brotherly love, Love Park is a mandatory photo op.
The guy in front of us proposed to his girlfriend. I proposed Eko and I get a cheese steak.Eko and I had a great time on Friday but we called it an early night, so we would be well rested for the National Dog Show today. Check back on Monday for our report.