Shop Dog Diaries

Easier Said Than Done: Picture Day

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Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 9.08.36 AM.pngHello, people. We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, need to tell you something that may surprise you: it turns out we’re not good at everything. Sometimes, we screw up. This has perhaps never been so true as during our recent attempt to take employee badge photos. Read the rest of this entry »

A Shop Dog’s Wish (+ 17 Worthy Causes to Support This Holiday Season)

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From all of us, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, to all of you — our human and canine bookloving friends — we wish joy and peace. Please enjoy our annual holiday greeting. (See above. This year it’s a special story about how we all helped Opie.) And if there’s any way we can help you in these last days of 2016 — snuggles? noseprints on your glasses? — just let us know. We’re at your loyal service. Here’s our schedule for the next couple of weeks: Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

Life’s a Sitcom… For the Shop Dogs

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Did you see the interview Ann Patchett did with the American Booksellers Association last week, where she said working in a bookstore is “like being in a sitcom”? It’s true, although what you probably didn’t know is that she’s not talking about the human booksellers. She’s talking about us, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books. Read the rest of this entry »

The Secret Lives of Books

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This is a special investigative report by the shop dogs of Parnassus Books. Have you seen the film, The Secret Life of Pets? We haven’t, because dogs aren’t allowed in theaters, but we get the gist. And while we know that the idea of dogs getting into mischief when no one’s looking is totally ludicrous, we have our suspicions about what the books in our store have been doing when the shop-people aren’t here.  Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Celebrations! A Scavenger Hunt, Shop Dogs’ Birthday Party, and Harry Potter Pre-Orders

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Score shop dog buttons and more in this summer’s scavenger hunt!

We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, are running the store this month and would like to invite you to join us for a game! It’s kind of like fetch, but a little different.  Read the rest of this entry »

Announcing Our New Service: Parnassus on Paws

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In this day and age, you’ve got to get creative if you want to thrive in the bookselling world. That’s why we, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, are pleased to unveil our latest innovative retail solution — a same-day book delivery service called Parnassus on Paws. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at how it will work: Read the rest of this entry »