Greensboro’s Ten Best downtown dogs
Esme: If you don’t know who Esme is, you just don’t know downtown Greensboro. Esme, short for Esmerelda, is the who’s who among downtown dogs. Decked out in the latest fashions, Esme spends her days lying around the floor of Mack and Mack at 220 S. Elm St. and going for walks along the sidewalk. Esme can usually be found right beside the front door where she greets customers as they come into the store. Her proud owners, Robin and Jim Davis, have even named a monthly newsletter after her. You can see more of Esme on-line at www.mackandmackclothing.com.
Lady: Lady is the ‘granddog’ of Juanita Nall of Deal Printing, located at 616 S. Elm, who babysits her through the day while her ‘parents’ (Juanita’s children) are out of town or at work. This Labrador mix spends her time barking at everyone who comes in or near the door, especially the mailman and the UPS guy. When the UPS truck comes by, Lady stares it down until it backs off and leaves. Juanita, who is expecting her children back from a trip soon, says of Lady, ‘“I don’t think she’ll want to go home.’”
Martin: This terrier mix was found on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive about seven years ago by Thousands O’ Prints owner Kelly Sham, and has been making the print and framing shop home ever since. Martin wanders onto the sidewalk, but never into the street, where passers-by know him by name. Mailman Mike Drummer stops while on his route to give Martin a pat.
‘“He’s our security force here,’” Kelly Sham says of Martin at the business at 233 S. Elm.
Kelly, we hate to be the ones to break it to you but if he’s letting the mailman pet him you need a better security system.
Chaucer: Chaucer is George Ellenburg’s 13-year-old greyhound who was rescued through the Greyhound Friends organization nine years ago. Watching him wobble across the floor back to his bed, it’s hard to believe the old and feeble Chaucer was once a racing dog. Chaucer now spends most of his days sleeping in the back at the Ellenburg and Shaffer Stained Glass Company at 344 Elm St. Ellenburg says Chaucer’s racing name used to be Rico Paco, which means ‘Rich Package.’ Although the name brings bags of money to mind, we don’t suggest old Rico Suave take to the track anytime soon.
Maximilian Joseph ‘– ‘“Max’”: Max was named after the first king of Bavaria, Maximilian Joseph, by his owners Karl and Brenda Schleunes. Karl is a professor of German History at UNCG, hence the name for his kingly canine. This prominent schitzu goes for a daily walk downtown, stopping for visits at the View on Elm where he gets a daily pat and a dog biscuit, and at Le Petit Market where he gets a tasty treat from behind the counter.
Xander: This gigantic Rhodesian Ridgeback can be found lounging behind the counter of Tahiti Tan at 104B N. Elm St. Store and dog owner Kitty Hild got this African hound dog from a breeder in Cary. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are known for the ridge of fur that runs in the opposite direction along their spines. Although Ridgebacks are bred to hunt lions in Africa, Kitty says this dog don’t hunt. He knows his place, she says, and that’s behind the cats at home who rule the place.
Pumpkin and Morgan: Pumpkin, a red and white Pembroke Welsh corgi and Morgan, a tri-colored Welsh corgi, are the proud owners of Veronica Mills. Veronica, an esthetician at Chakra’s Spa at 229 S. Elm, brings the pair to work to visit customers when she can. They usually have to stay outside though because of salon regulations. But that doesn’t make them any less popular.
‘“People know the dogs better than her,’” someone chimes in as we photograph. Veronica lives just down the street at the Lofts at Greensboro Ct., so not only have folks seen her dogs hanging around Chakra’s but out and about on daily walks as well.
Reece: Tina Feir is the owner of Reece, a mixed breed who was rescued as a puppy that spends his days at Feir’s business, Spinner’s Ridge (combined with Yarns Etc.), at 231 S. Elm St. Feir says this pooch is great entertainment for children while their mothers hunt for items in the store. Reece does spins, can turn around on a stool, goes through Tina’s legs on command and even jumps through hoops. But his favorite game is Find It, where Feir lets children hide a doggie treat in the store and Reece sniffs it out.
Otis: Otis is the nine-year-old Maltese at Two Art Chicks at 609 S. Elm. Judi Kastner, director of Two Art Chicks and owner of Otis, calls him their Wal-Mart greeter. If Otis doesn’t greet you when you come into the gallery you’ll find him asleep in his bed behind the counter or lounging in his favorite red chair. Judi says Otis is famous. People love him and he’s had lots of pictures taken. Some artists have even asked to paint his portrait and two are in the process now. He even has his own page on the Two Art Chicks Web-site. Check him out at www.twoartchicks.com.
Cleveland and Theodur: These two large bassets can be found lounging around the Biltmore Hotel at 111 W. Washington St. Hotel owners John Johnson and Eric Hinson say that although the two bassets may look lazy they’re full of energy. And they’re tricky, too. Theodur has learned to slip out of his harness to make the great escape whenever he can. If you don’t see them in the front of the hotel, you might find them taking a walk around the block. Or just keep your ears open. You can’t miss their friendly barks and howls.