Talk about a special delivery! Everyone tends to discover more creative ways of carrying out daily activities while practicing social distancing, and this includes business establishments. A winery in Maryland has a unique way of attending to its customers’ wine needs with the help of an adorable dog. Their newly-hired furry delivery boy is doing a great job of bringing the wine bottles to customers safely during these hard times.
Soda Pup is an 11-year-old brindle boxer who is the famous employee of Stone House Urban Winery in Hagerstown, Maryland. Lori Yata, co-owner of Stone House Urban Winery and Soda’s fur mom, has enlisted her brindle boxer as their staff to help out with a curbside pickup and no-contact delivery.
When customers call in their orders, Lori straps a canine saddlebag around the four-legged employee and tucks in up to two bottles of wine at a time. Then the dedicated dog marches to the curbside to transport the goods to the waiting customers.
People surely love doggy deliveries, and they even specifically ask for Soda to hand them their order. Soda Pup never fails to leave a smile on people’s faces and undoubtedly receives high customer satisfaction. Most of them have posted adorable photos of Soda Pup that made him viral.
Lori has warned some buyers that the 11-year-old pup cannot attend to bulk orders. They have to perform the job if that so happens. She also pays the serious-looking boxer handsomely, not with money but with treats. This good boy is definitely not overworked and has plenty of breaks.
The winery’s sales have increased thanks to the exceptional service of the friendly doggy. Even before the pandemic, Soda is already a valuable part of the winery. He always greets their regular buyers and entertains wine tasters.
His fantastic service is a win-win situation for their business and for the buyers since dogs generally have a low risk of transmitting the virus. Dogs indeed make everything more enjoyable through their support, even just their presence like Soda Pup.
Photos Courtesy of The Stone House Urban Winery’s Facebook Page.