In Edmonds, it's a dog party!
Under the right circumstances, man's best friend is a party animal
Dan Bates / The Herald
Cheri French (facing left) Diane French, Jamie Johnson, Greg Heyman and Alissa Marshall sit across from Jeff Heyman and Denice Ullestad holding six dogs at one table at The Dining Dog Cafe in Edmonds on Saturday.
Miss Dizzy takes a break from eating birthday cake while celebrating her first birthday Saturday with a dog party at The Dining Dog Cafe.
Dan Bates / The Herald
Denice Ullestad (left clockwise) holding Coco, Jeff Heyman holds Zoey, Paula Townsell tends to Blue on table, Laura Brent holds Jake, Cheri French watches Blue, Diane French has leash on Corky, Jamie Johnson holds Miss Dizzy and Greg Heyman holds Mr. Marbles with Snickers at The Dining Dog Cafe in Edmonds on Saturday. The group, a mix of friends, family and co-workers from Builders Exchange of Washington in Everett, got all their dogs together to celebrate a first birthday for two of them, Miss Dizzy and Mr. Marbles. Go to HeraldNet.com to view a photo gallery of Saturday's party.
Dorothy Moore, the Dining Dog owner, said it is pretty amazing, and she was right about that. She said the dogs all sit politely around the table; then she serves them. The dogs tend to leave their territorial nature at the door when they come here, she said.
Moore is one busy dog lover. From a shop at home, she is a full-time dog groomer, offering baths and haircuts, but also facials, hot oil treatments and teeth brushing. She provides room service for dogs at Willows Lodge in Woodinville. She does fundraising. She bakes and sells ice cream and cake and at several locations. "My life is 24/7 dogs," she says, with genuine affection in her voice.
Moore began the Dining Dog in 2005. She makes all the food to offer four-course meals, including her pumpkin ice cream and cake. The café is open Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays noon to 6 p.m.
Dog parties need reservations, but others are welcome to stop in during open hours to dine or get take-out.
A growing aspect of the business, Moore says, is special events. She has elaborate plans for costume parties on St. Patrick's Day and Halloween. She has an Easter Egg hunt, a Lady Gaga night and Doggie Karaoke.
This particular event, however, is a birthday party. Miss Dizzy and Mr. Marbles are 1-year-old on this day, and every dog who is any dog is attending, along with their humans, a mix of friends, and co-workers at Builders Exchange of Washington in Everett who, well, are party animals, too.
Dogs dig it: The Dining Dog Café and Bakery is in the Firdale Village, 9635 Firdale Ave. N., Edmonds. Call 425-314-4612 for more information.
Click here to see the photo gallery.