The coronavirus pandemic affected every aspect of our lives, but as well as it put a huge strain on the economy. The national government has declared a shutdown of non-essential businesses and that caused a great turmoil in the small business area. However, some of the owners became creative and manage somehow to float in these dark times.
Social distancing is a must if we want to beat this virus and because of that many small shops could not let many customers inside for a long period of time. But, the Maryland winery found a solution for their business. They have started delivery, but not done by a human, but by a dog named Soda Pup.
As a result of the mandatory quarantine guests could not come and visit the winery and have a nice talk with the owner, and as well as with the 75-pound, 11-year-old brindle boxer. Namely, every customer knew Soda who was always there to greet them and knowing that there is a lovely pup in the winery they were also checking for his presence.
Lori Yat, the winery’s owner, reported TODAY:
“After we could no longer have our guests come into the winery in a social setting, I noticed that Soda was looking a little sad.”
But, due to the lockdown people were not longer coming to the winery and there was no one for Soda to greet which made him blue. Lori noticed this and spoke about that with her daughter-in-law telling her that Soda seemed so sad because he is no longer surrounded with people thus not being able to interact that much as before. After their talk, her daughter-in-law has come to the perfect solution, why not having Soda deliver the wine and thus making him Stone House Urban Winery’s delivery dog.
This was a great idea that Lori immediately followed it up by checking online for a saddle bag meant for horses. She found one with side pockets making it perfect for holding two bottles of wine. After that, Lori posted a note on Facebook to her customers writing in behalf of Soda:
“So, mom has been filling me in on this Covid-19 (sic) virus thing and she says that it is REALLY affecting small businesses like our little winery. Mom says that we all have to pitch in and pull our weight, that includes me as well.”
Placing an order is very simple, and any interested customers can call the store and get the recommendations thus reserving bottles in advance. Then, they should just come to the parking lot, call the winery and say that they’re ready for the doggy delivery.
When the order is being received, Lori prepares Soda’s bag and when he sees he comes running over to her. In the bag Lori puts a couple of treats, a container for the wine, and two bottles of wine. Soda with the bag walks to the curb to deliver the package, but prior sending it off Lori must check that there are no geese, squirrels, or bunnies because Soda is just like any other dog.
Soda is natural in his new job post and does it without any prior training. This should not surprise you as the breed boxers is known for their intelligence.
Moreover, Soda enjoys his new role in the winery business and he shows it to Lori by quickly responding when seeing her holding the saddle bag. For the well done job he receives extra treats and pets from the customers.
The doggy delivery turned out to be a great idea, for Soda and for the business of the winery. They even have new customers who are very much interested in seeing Soda delivering the wine. Plus, the orders are higher as people tend to order more bottles and while picking them up they take their children to see Soda in action. The excitement of seeing Soda making the delivery is overwhelming for everyone, people simply adore Soda.
Lori is very pleased with Soda as she knows that he brings smile to many people and that is highly welcomed in these troublesome times. He warms her heart knowing that she makes other people happy as well. She has had him ever since he was six months old, and it is her best companion for a long time.
“Soda has been by my side through some of the toughest times of my life. Once again, he is by my side when I have no idea how this small business is going to survive these most difficult times.”
“If Soda puts a smile on at least one face, then he has completed his mission in life.”
Soda is not only her best friend but also a savor of her small business that was at high threat of total collapse. What to say, dogs are really men’s best friends.
Check the video below and see this hard-working dog: