Gordmans dogs

From left, Alexandra Daub, 13, holding Dempsey; Mick Tabor, 11; and Mary Cate Tabor, 13, holding Winnie. “We like them being petted and having people say how cute the dogs are,” Mick said.

More than 100 pets were feeling the love Saturday at the Gordmans department store in Lakeside Hills Plaza.

Gordmans celebrated National Love Your Pet Day by inviting customers to bring their pets into the company’s stores. Store manager Lori Long said the one-day event was a boost to sales.

“It’s just a fun event and we wanted people to acknowledge we have a whole pet department,” Long said.

Shoppers could snap a selfie with their furry friend and use #Gordmanslovespets on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win a $150 gift card. There was also a chance in stores to win a gift basket with a dog bed and supplies.

Mary Ruhe of Omaha brought her miniature poodle in for a walk at the Lakeside Hills store, near 168th Street and West Center Road.

“He needs more confidence so we like to go to different places on nice days and work on his training,” she said.

Peggy Tabor allowed her children and their friend from St. Wenceslaus School to take their dogs into the store to shop as well.

“Sometimes, you just need a dog with you,” said Alexandra Daub, 13.

Mick Tabor, 11, and sister Mary Cate Tabor, 13, loved seeing other shoppers’ reactions to their dogs, Dempsey and Winnie.

“We like them being petted and having people say how cute the dogs are,” Mick said.

This was the first time the store has allowed animals to visit. But Long believes that Saturday’s turnout could lead to more such events in the future.

“Guests have come up to me and suggested we should do this more often,” Long said. “It really just depends on corporate, but we have had no problems.”

Contact the writer: 402-444-1304, news@owh.com

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