In Flagstaff, Ariz., one of the most popular breakfast and lunch spots is Biff’s Bagels and Internet Café. Biff was a Samoyed who passed away more than 15 years ago, and his picture is on the wall with a plaque that says “Our Founder.” And his picture is not the only photo. On the contrary, much of the available wall space is covered with photos of dogs.
The entire restaurant is a memorial of sorts to people’s departed dogs. If people want to have a picture of their deceased dog up in the restaurant, they are welcome to bring one in as long as it is framed. When a picture is first brought in, it stays on the counter for about a week, and then it is hung on the wall as a more permanent memorial.
Most of the photos have the dog’s name written on it, along with the birth and death days or years. Some of them have a simple message, such as “Forever in our hearts” or “He was a great dog and will always be loved.” I like going and looking at the photos, which are so numerous I’ve yet to see them all. I also love eating their bagels, which are so beyond fantastic that I use any excuse to pop in and order one.
Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer who specializes in working with dogs with serious behavioral problems, including aggression. She is the author of five books on canine training and behavior.