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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Don't Let Your Dog Be Seen on San Francisco Public Transportation --Without its Designer Muzzle

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 5:30 AM

Why ward off obnoxious children or dog-lovers in a utilitarian fashion when you can do so in high style?
  • Why ward off obnoxious children or dog-lovers in a utilitarian fashion when you can do so in high style?

With rare exceptions, the N-Judah is not often a realm of high fashion. But throw together the perfect storm of public transportation, inclement weather, and a dog far too indulgent of its owners' whims and, voila! The San Francisco Muni-approved designer dog muzzle.

It's not just any store in the city that can hook you up with a soft red muzzle splotched with daisies (and a matching red doggie vest). John Todgya of B & B Pet Supplies (that's the one on Geary with all the cat trees out front) actually laughed when SF Weekly described the muzzle of our dreams to him. 

"You'd probably get that at the boutiques in North Beach or Pacific Heights. We have standard muzzles, plastic or just fabric -- without so much bling," he said. "Out here, we're just operational."

A cloth or plastic muzzle will run you between $11 or up to $27 depending on what kind of dog you've got (in the world of muzzles, size does matter).

Meanwhile, Richard Kwok at North Beach Pet Supplies said he can get you a designer muzzle, no problem. But he can't get you one like the beagle in this picture is sporting. If you can live with a baby blue muzzle emblazoned with cherries, then he's your man. And it will only cost between $11 and $23 -- designer muzzles are the affordable luxury. Who knew?

And while many small boutique shops are taking it on their unmuzzled chins in this economy, Kwok says designer muzzles are still selling as well as ever, thanks in large part to Muni's requirement that dogs wear them on trains and buses.

Muni helping keep local pet shops solvent? Again, who knew?

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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