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This is Store Sidekicks, an occasional feature where we profile the fuzzy wuzzy creatures that inhabit shops across the city. If you'd like to nominate your favorite store animal, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trendy, feminine Nolita boutique Poppy is part-time home to a lovable American Eskimo/Beagle mix named Sherman. Poppy's manager, Caitlin, adopted him around Christmas and described him as "the gift that keeps on giving."
Sherman is a fun-loving, cautious, and loyal pup, and an excellent companion to the boyfriends who wind up in the store waiting for their shopping girlfriends. When we arrived, he dropped his tennis ball at our feet, his eyes begging us to play fetch. He is also extremely obedient and well-trained. During the summer, the boutique leaves their door open so that Sherman can sprawl in the doorway, paws hanging off the front step. Unlike most dogs, Sherman always stays put watching pedestrians on the street.
Caitlin told us that Sherman spends so much time in the store because he has isolation anxiety. He loves his owner so much he even shares the bed with her, sometimes mistakenly placing his paw on her face or breathing what Caitlin calls his "low tide" breath on her. But he's also very catlike: He perches behind his couch at home, or nestles up in cardboard boxes and sleeps in the store during the day. Think this dog can't get any more perfect? He even has his own blog.—Lauren Frankfort
· I Am Sherman [Official Site]
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