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Shopping in person will always trump shopping online in at least one way, and that's with store pets. There's nothing that will put a bigger smile on your face than finding the perfect addition to your wardrobe and petting a friendly dog who clearly approves of your purchase. Call it the elusive art of getting in touch with nature in the urban jungle.

Here, we've rounded up 21 stores where you can simultaneously get your retail therapy on and also pet a friendly critter. While most of the shops we know have dogs, you can also find the occasional bunny, turtle, and pig strutting around. Check out where you can visit them after the jump. And if there's any of your favorites that we missed, let us know in the comments section—we may feature him or her when we relaunch our Store Sidekicks series this summer.


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Bikram Yoga Harlem

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Dachshunds might be the most anatomically-challenged breed to perform a downward dog, but Sebastian is right at home in the yoga studio, where his favorite hangouts include the towel basket and the ladies' changing room.

Yumi Kim

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Owner Kim Phan likes to stop by her Lower East Side and Upper East Side stores on the weekend to mingle with customers, and her pup Yumi (name sound familiar?) is always game to meet new people. And as for that name, Kim told us: "It's Japanese—it means beauty." [Photo]

Nest Interiors

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The home good store's pet Fig is half-dachshund, half-chihuahua, and completely adorable. You'll likely find him running in circles around the shop or luring in dogs from the neighboring pet supply store. [Photo courtesy of Nest Interiors]

Sugar Cookies

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Kodi the Havanese may look innocent, but owner Susanne Alvarado has previously warned us that the pup will steal your socks out of the dressing room without shame. He's also a good source of entertainment for boyfriends and husbands who are dragged to the Chelsea lingerie shop. [Photo courtesy of Sugar Cookies]

Trina Turk

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You've got to be lucky to catch Pici at the Meatpacking District store—she's only around when her owner stops by from the showroom, according to a press rep for the brand. "The minute customers walk in, she rolls right on her back and expect a belly rub right then and there," and don't say we didn't warn you.

Duo NYC

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The name of this East Village boutique not only refers to the sisters who run it, but also the store pets: Frankie the dog and Monster the turtle. Wendy Kangas previously told us that "Frankie secretly wants to chew on [Monster]," but that doesn't look like such a secret in this recent photo. Turtle soup, Frankie? [Photo courtesy of Duo]

Palmer Trading Company

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Thank goodness Shorty the Pauzer (that's part poodle, part Schnauzer) is a fan of socks, since the men's shoes and accessories store carries lots of them. When he's not playing around with them, he's taking up residence in the store window to lure customers in. [Photo]

Love, Adorned

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"I love that stupid dog," Lori Leven wrote to us along with this picture of her affenpinscher, Bird. She can be shy around people, but loves greeting other pups that come into the store. Fun fact: the breed won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club in 2013. [Photo courtesy of Love Adorned]
"I think [Merlin] brings a lightness to the store and environment that we've created here," Condor owner Loriann Smoak told us about her angora bunny, who lives underneath the accessories table at the center of the shop. Be sure to check out his Instagram account to keep up with his latest hijinks around the store and beyond. [Photo by Driely S.]
The ladies of one of Tribeca's newest boutiques always have company with Tiger, Kim Carton's English mastiff with orange brindle coloring. "He's part of our staff," co-owner Jackie Brookstein joked to us. [Photo]

Matt Bernson Tribeca

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If you can't find Abraham the Viszla in the Tribeca shoe store, he's likely in the studio just downstairs with his owner. Hard to choose who's cuter: the pup or Matt's son that frequently shows up on his Instagram. [Photo]

Dave's Wear House

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Squishy the pug is quite an accomplished pup: in addition to having her own sneakers with Etnies and debuting her own clothing line, Squishy New York, we also crowned her top store sidekick in 2012. Check out a photo of her donning our Racked Awards turban in the gallery here. [Photo courtesy of Dave's Wear House]

By Robert James

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"I'm sorry, I'm running my own show right now, and you're not important." That's how Robert James describes his dog Lola's attitude. She may not be the best sales associate, but she draws customers in regardless. [Photo courtesy of By Robert James]

Delicate Raymond Jewelry Bar

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Her name is Nikki Noodles, and searching that hashtag on Instagram pulls up some great photos, most with her tongue straying sideways. Stop by the Lower East Side jewelry store to say hi. [Photo]

Milly & Earl

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Millie (yes, just like the store name) is a beagle, a rottweiler, and a shepard, leading owner Bernadette Libonate to dub her "the ultimate mutt." She instantly loves everyone who comes into the store, so expect lots of kisses upon arrival. [Photo]

Crest Hardware

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It's really hard to top a shop pup—unless, of course, you have a shop pig. "I'm gonna be that guy, walking a pig down the street," store owner Joe Franquinha lamented when his girlfriend first suggested the pet, who is "mostly vegan." Keep up with his life and times on his Facebook page. [Photo]
You'll likely find Oscar, the "King of Grand Street," perched on the stoop outside his owner's boutique. The Keeshond's store duties include watching children while their mothers are in the dressing room and greeting passersby. Check out his Facebook page for more heart-melting photos like this one. [Photo]

SWORDS-SMITH

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"She looks regal, like a very proper dog, [but] when you meet her, you realize she's really goofy," Briana Swords says of Ginge, the pup she rescued with her store's co-owner a few years back. She's only in residence on Sundays—ah, a dog's life. [Photo courtesy of Swords-Smith]

Eva Gentry Consignment

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Dirt the French bulldog frequently makes appearance on the consignment store's Instagram account, which is usually followed by the hashtag "#notforsale. The pup is way into high fashion, and even has his own custom-made collar. [Photo]
"Everybody loves Pizza," says O.N.A. owner Magdalena Jaworska, who's not referring to a New Yorker's favorite food but instead her terrier-dachshund mix who runs around the store. She only works full-time on Thursdays, so plan your visits accordingly. [Photo]

Olga Guanabara

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Olga the chocolate lab, who obviously inspired the furniture store's name, is living the easy life. A store rep told us that she's retired and no longer "works" in the store every day, but you can still sometimes find her lounging in the bed owner Richard Velloso made for her in the back of the shop. [Photo courtesy of Olga Guanabara]

Bikram Yoga Harlem

Dachshunds might be the most anatomically-challenged breed to perform a downward dog, but Sebastian is right at home in the yoga studio, where his favorite hangouts include the towel basket and the ladies' changing room.

Yumi Kim

Owner Kim Phan likes to stop by her Lower East Side and Upper East Side stores on the weekend to mingle with customers, and her pup Yumi (name sound familiar?) is always game to meet new people. And as for that name, Kim told us: "It's Japanese—it means beauty." [Photo]

Nest Interiors

The home good store's pet Fig is half-dachshund, half-chihuahua, and completely adorable. You'll likely find him running in circles around the shop or luring in dogs from the neighboring pet supply store. [Photo courtesy of Nest Interiors]

Sugar Cookies

Kodi the Havanese may look innocent, but owner Susanne Alvarado has previously warned us that the pup will steal your socks out of the dressing room without shame. He's also a good source of entertainment for boyfriends and husbands who are dragged to the Chelsea lingerie shop. [Photo courtesy of Sugar Cookies]

Trina Turk

You've got to be lucky to catch Pici at the Meatpacking District store—she's only around when her owner stops by from the showroom, according to a press rep for the brand. "The minute customers walk in, she rolls right on her back and expect a belly rub right then and there," and don't say we didn't warn you.

Duo NYC

The name of this East Village boutique not only refers to the sisters who run it, but also the store pets: Frankie the dog and Monster the turtle. Wendy Kangas previously told us that "Frankie secretly wants to chew on [Monster]," but that doesn't look like such a secret in this recent photo. Turtle soup, Frankie? [Photo courtesy of Duo]

Palmer Trading Company

Thank goodness Shorty the Pauzer (that's part poodle, part Schnauzer) is a fan of socks, since the men's shoes and accessories store carries lots of them. When he's not playing around with them, he's taking up residence in the store window to lure customers in. [Photo]

Love, Adorned

"I love that stupid dog," Lori Leven wrote to us along with this picture of her affenpinscher, Bird. She can be shy around people, but loves greeting other pups that come into the store. Fun fact: the breed won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club in 2013. [Photo courtesy of Love Adorned]

Condor

"I think [Merlin] brings a lightness to the store and environment that we've created here," Condor owner Loriann Smoak told us about her angora bunny, who lives underneath the accessories table at the center of the shop. Be sure to check out his Instagram account to keep up with his latest hijinks around the store and beyond. [Photo by Driely S.]

Valley

The ladies of one of Tribeca's newest boutiques always have company with Tiger, Kim Carton's English mastiff with orange brindle coloring. "He's part of our staff," co-owner Jackie Brookstein joked to us. [Photo]

Matt Bernson Tribeca

If you can't find Abraham the Viszla in the Tribeca shoe store, he's likely in the studio just downstairs with his owner. Hard to choose who's cuter: the pup or Matt's son that frequently shows up on his Instagram. [Photo]

Dave's Wear House

Squishy the pug is quite an accomplished pup: in addition to having her own sneakers with Etnies and debuting her own clothing line, Squishy New York, we also crowned her top store sidekick in 2012. Check out a photo of her donning our Racked Awards turban in the gallery here. [Photo courtesy of Dave's Wear House]

By Robert James

"I'm sorry, I'm running my own show right now, and you're not important." That's how Robert James describes his dog Lola's attitude. She may not be the best sales associate, but she draws customers in regardless. [Photo courtesy of By Robert James]