Which dog for my flower shop?

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littleflowerlady Sun 28-Apr-13 08:53:15

I'm thinking about getting a dog...

I have a flower shop and would really like to take him/her to work. Ideal candidate would need to be calm and good with people/children. I have this vision that the dog would be able to roam freely in the shop. Not too much tail wagging either as I want my flowers to go out of the shop with their petals intact!

Anyone have any suggestions?

Frettchen Mon 29-Apr-13 15:06:58

Definitely pop into a rescue and have a chat with the staff about your requirements. I would guess you'll be better off with an older dog.

I work in an office with my dog (mostly lab, with a enough of something else to take the edge off) and she sleeps for most of the day. She's 11 now, and has been coming to work for 3 or 4 years. It's only in the last half-year or so I've had her off lead in the office, because it wasn't appropriate for her to be wandering around. She has a lunchtime walk, as well as before and after work; as she's old, she's not so fussed about long romps through field and woodland.

Frettchen Mon 29-Apr-13 15:09:56

Meant to add - I know of two local village hardware shops with little old grumbly dogs in them. Also a garage with a parrot, and a garden centre which had a parrot and a couple of cats. It seems fairly common for local privately-owned shops, and I don't think they lose much custom. So long as dog's bed/crate is tucked out of the way so (s)he can get some peace it would be lovely!

milkybarsrus Mon 29-Apr-13 15:59:59

I have a shih tzu puppy, he is gorgeous, doesn't shed, small but not yappy, very friendly, small in height but a bit stocky, real cute factor as he has a teddy bear look about him. Puppies are hard work and need lots of training though, but their worth it!

Quodlibet Mon 29-Apr-13 20:51:20

Now I am proper gone hearing about poor Sunny's sister's greyhound collecting all the things! <weepy hormonal pg lady>

Whippety greyhound, definately.
I have a rescue Whippet lurcher. He is a smidge taller than a whippet and a dog of very little brain.
He will spend all day every day snuggled up somewhere cosy, he is not overly waggy unless running about in the woods or playing fetch with dd. He is not really a real dog, more of a cushion with long legs!
He loves being fussed and loved but will wait for people to approach him, he is not a demanding, pushy, in-your-face type of dog.

In fact, he is so gentle he would be the perfect addition to a flower shop (but you can't have him, he is mine!! grin)

MrsWolowitz Mon 29-Apr-13 22:36:25

I know this will be controversial but cavapoo a are wonderful.

I have a cockerpoo but they are pretty loopy. Cavapoos are a bit smaller snd are very chilled and don't loose their hair so your customers wouldn't be getting hair all over their clothes.

Not sure about cavapoo (sorry), my friend has one and he does shed, is pretty hyper and barks all the time....
He is utterly adorable though, but certainly a bit of a livewire grin

saintmerryweather Tue 30-Apr-13 06:27:57

Theres no guarantee that a cavapoo wont shed, my friends cavapoo sheds heavily. he is also high energy, always wants to play and wags his tail a lot. i think its the poodle in him. hes also intelligent and wants to be on the go doing stuff.

MothershipG Tue 30-Apr-13 07:01:26

A friend of mine inherited her Mum's King Charles Spaniel and he goes to work in her partner's chi chi gift shop everyday, he is very chilled and well behaved. Then they got a JRT x chihuahua pup who is amazingly cute but completely insane and a disaster in the shop!

littleflowerlady Tue 30-Apr-13 07:27:06

Thanks everyone. Loads of really useful advice on here.

I'll speak to the rescue centre and see what they say. There is space for a bed out the back and I could close the door if necessary. Sounds like greyhound/lurcher/whippet is probably the way to go!

Yippee for possible grey or whippety thing. Did you know that apparently greyhounds are most in need of rehoming as a breed (due to fecking racing industry) so you would be doing a fab thing!

And as a pointy dog lover, if I knew of a flowershop (or any shop for that matter) in my area which had a pointy dog I would be shopping there for sure even if it was not my nearest.

SunnyL Tue 30-Apr-13 10:51:04

Ditto Behindlock ditto. Shops with pointy dogs would be high on my list for repeat custom.

CMOTDibbler Tue 30-Apr-13 14:04:53

Evesham lurcher rescue have just posted on FB that they have a whippet x Bedlington 9 month old girl in. She looks gorgeous

lougle Tue 30-Apr-13 14:12:38

My Staffy adores flowers. He raises his nose in the air and shuts his eyes as he sniffs grin. He wouldn't eat them either.

You would have a free of charge petal carpet though smile

MissBetseyTrotwood Tue 30-Apr-13 21:23:18

Small greyhound/whippet.

People centric, lazy, most often quiet.

I would so come to your shop if it had a pointy in it. Only if there were room for my two though! wink

Def whippet/grey/lurcher. And there are loads of older calm ones around. Solar powered couch potatoes is the perfect description.

They are also stunningly beautiful animals so in keeping. Local posh frock shop has whippet lounging in window always makes me smile.

Would need to be flower friendly though. Mine likes to bite heads off tulips! Don't know where you are but grwe and celia cross are fab rescues.

MNBlackpoolandFylde Sat 04-May-13 08:06:07

There are several shops near me with dogs, one is a lab but fairly old. The others are all whippet/greyhound types who cannot be bothered to even lift their heads when you walk in. grin

As a non-dog person I can think of very few things lovelier than going into a florist to be greeted by a lounging,slinky greyhound with a whip-like tail.They are without doubt THE most elegant dogs in creation.

Only issue would be the bottom burps- reputed to empty a room.
Not what your looking for in a Florist really...unless you discretely apply a cork...grin

digerd Sat 04-May-13 21:34:53

Lhasa Apso. Really chilled, non-aggressive, non-hyper, but stubborn.
Mine sleeps like a cat when not eating or going out for walkies.
Some are wary of strangers, others not, but all very well-behaved , friendly and quiet. They do need their glorious coats combing through often to avoid matting.

LadyTurmoil Sat 04-May-13 23:00:27

I've been looking at nursing homes for my aunt sad. One had a chilled out greyhound in the lobby area which was lovely, another home had a black Labrador. I liked those homes the best of all the ones I visited!

boomting Tue 14-May-13 14:50:34

Papillon - excellent temperaments and very friendly (ours disturbed a burglar and went to make friends with the burglar). Tails are quite waggy, but they are also very furry so won't have the damaging effect of an overexcited labrador, for instance. Plus, as they are so small you should be able to prevent damage by raising up any flowers a little.

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