Never tie your pup to a pole (or sneak her in a store) again

Dog Parker cofounder and CEO, Chelsea Brownridge, and her dog Winston

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City and federal law, as well as health regulations, have turned dogs into canis non grata at bodegas, restaurants, nail salons, post offices, and many more spots around New York.

But there’s a better way, according to Chelsea Brownridge, co-founder and CEO of Dog Parker.

Brownridge’s company has created safe, climate controlled containers which they’ve secured at a handful of shops in Brooklyn where dogs can hang out while their owners get errands done. Dog Parker crates make any store or restaurant dog-friendly, health department be damned.

Modeled after the car-sharing service Car2Go, Dog Parker membership costs $25 annually; members are charged $.20 per minute of crate time. Dog owners use a radio-frequency identification (RFID) card to lock and unlock the crates.

The current iteration of the doghouse was created by Brownridge using an off-the shelf dog crate and some Raspberry Pi-backed programming. Although these doghouses are only in five locations in Brooklyn so far, Brownridge has ambitious plans for her company. She’s currently having new crates manufactured and plans to roll out 100 new doghouses in Brooklyn this spring.

Set up is easy, Brownridge told us. With storeowners’ approval a Dog Parker crate can be secured in a similar fashion to those coin-operated kiddie rides. And a doghouse is a far better choice in a city where dogs outnumber kids.

You can learn more about Dog Parker right here.

Now go forth (and park your pooch).