Indie bookstores are home to an array of cute and cuddly animals that roam the aisles and snooze in the stacks. Here’s a showcase of bookstore pets to brighten your day.
From Books With a Past in Glenwood, Maryland: “Ellen is happily celebrating #hugyourcatday. Atticus...well, apparently he’s plotting his revenge.”
“Our official greeter at Chapters Books & Gifts is Jane, an eight-year-old golden retriever who has been coming to the store since she was a puppy. She has her favorite customers and UPS delivery driver (the one who always brings her two treats), but she’ll roll over and let just about anyone give her some love or read her a story,” said Carla Ketner, owner of Chapters Books & Gifts in Seward, Nebraska.
Jackson Brown helps out the staff at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Decatur, Georgia.
Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino, California, celebrated International Cat Day on August 8 with a snapshot of Catsby.
From Haunted Bookshop in Iowa City: “Author photo for the upcoming I Was Promised Cat Treats: A Memoir of Sorrow by Queen Nierme.”
Bookstore dog Sammy takes a nap at Island Books on Mercer Island, Washington.
Jackson Hole Book Trader staff are joined by pups Gwen and Louis at the Wyoming bookstore.
Main Street Books in Lafayette, Indiana, shares an occasional update from its imaginary bookstore cat, Pixel, including this one: “Our imaginary bookstore cat, Pixel, did not want the day to go by without us wishing everyone a happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!”
Neighborhood cat Jupiter makes regular appearances to watch over the books at Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Bookshop in New Orleans.
Check out Volume I and Volume II of The Furry Faces of Bookselling for more photos of bookstore pets. Booksellers are invited to share stories and photos of their bookstore pets with Bookselling This Week for future coverage.