Shop Dogs: What We’ve Learned from Doug the Pug


It’s important to remember that Parnassus book events are more than just entertainment — they’re learning opportunities. That’s why we, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, will be taking notes when celebri-dog Doug the Pug stops by this Saturday, November 12.

As you’ll see in Doug’s book, Doug the Pug: The King of Pop Culture, as well as on his Instagram account, Doug takes his career as a cultural influencer seriously, but not too seriously. He’s a fan of travel, snacks, and intentional relaxation:

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We like the way Doug the Pug rolls (get it — “rolls” – – because he’s a pug?), so we’ve decided to model ourselves after his example. Here’s what we’ve got so far.

Opie pledges to stop and smell the flowers more often.
Eleanor Roosevelt learned a long time ago that nobody at her house is great at baking, but after seeing what’s on Doug’s cookie tray, she’s willing to wait by the oven a little longer . . . just in case.
Bear learned this modeling tip from Doug: Pose with books for extra handsomeness.
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Thanks to Doug, Mary Todd Lincoln now knows that the secret to pulling together a dashing outfit is a monogrammed cape.
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Belle agrees with Doug that the secret to lifting one’s mood is to go outside and flash a grin at everyone who walks past.
When life gets rough (ruff!), find a friendly lap. Doug belongs to Nashville’s own Leslie Mosier, just like Nashville’s own Ann Patchett belongs to shop dog Sparky. (Sparky photo by Heidi Ross.)
MEET DOUG THE PUG (and his nice human friend Leslie Mosier)
PLUS: Our five-year anniversary is coming up this month! To celebrate, we’re offering a “Buy 5, get 1 to grow on” special on Saturday, November 12. Purchase any five regularly priced books and get the sixth book FREE! (Fine print: Free book will be the lowest-priced book of the six. You can get this deal even if you’re a grownup and not still growing.)

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Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Andy Cohen as he signs Superficial: More Adventures From the Andy Cohen Diaries.

The mega-popular host of Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise is back and better than ever — and now he’s telling stories that will keep his publicist up at night.

Since the publication of his last book, Cohen has toured the country with his sidekick Anderson Cooper, hit the radio waves with his own Sirius station, Radio Andy, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher (despite his mother’s conviction he was not intellectually prepared), hosted NBC’s Primetime New Year’s Eve special, guest-edited Entertainment Weekly, starred in Bravo’s Then & Now with Andy Cohen, offended celebrities with his ongoing case of foot-in-mouth disease, and welcomed home Teresa “Namaste” Giudice, from a brief stint in jail. He’s been hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, and from the dog park with his pal Wacha to the red carpet with famous friends.