“They already have coats, but everyone can always use a new coat,” said Hilary Edelman this afternoon laughing. She and her husband Rob are visiting family in the area and decided to take a walk down Exchange Street in the Old Port with their two recently rescued dogs, Dusty and Shadow. They saw the popular doggy boutique “Uncommon Paws” and decided to stop in. They could not get the right coat fit for Shadow, but decided to special order a coat for him that will be delivered to their home in Rhode Island right after Christmas. They found a coat that fit Dusty perfectly and that will be wrapped up and put under the Christmas tree tonight.
Dusty was more amenable to the idea of a new coat than was Shadow. She waited patiently while Hilary and Rob tried on several different coats – looking for the perfect fit in the right color – which they did find.
Perhaps it was just his age, but Shadow just didn’t seem to care much for the fuss of trying on coat after coat. He tried to hide beneath a table where no one could reach him to try on yet ANOTHER warm coat. Bah Hum Bug to all this fuss and attention. But finally he was coaxed out from under the table with assurances there would be only one more try-on. A little treat helped too. Shadow came out tail wagging and soon the experience was history! (See Above Left Photo.)
Liz Eckman and her husband Chris Huff and their children Madeline & Nicholas were also in “Uncommon Paws” shopping for their black lab, Dany. Dany is a black lab the family adopted from a kill shelter in South Carolina about l l/2 years ago. (See Below Right Photo.)
Elizabeth and Adam Naylor, and their daughter, Grace, were also shopping for their Beagle, Koda. As of late this afternoon, they had not found the “perfect” gift for their pet, but were still looking. “We are not up here that much, so we are enjoying our walk in the Old Port,” said Adam. They are from the Boston area.
Not everyone was out shopping for their pets, however. Caitlin and Alex Dixon were window shopping waiting for Santa to arrive this evening. The family had lunch at B. Good on Exchange Street. “They have good burgers and good fries,” said Alex. They live in Alexandria, Virginia.
Yesterday was a dismal day for store owners in the Old Port because of the icy weather conditions. Many had hoped that today would make up for yesterday’s poor sales, but that’s highly unlike according to some business owners. The Saturday before Christmas Day is usually the best day of the year for store owners.
Dan Glover, said: “If I find something I like, I’ll buy it. It could be for anyone.”