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Dogs Allowed continued
The six-year-old menu is “all human-edible, and the dogs just slurp it down,” says Royal Bundy, vice president of marketing for the Rams Head Group. “Our chefs enjoy making the food; sometimes they’ll come out to see who ordered it. Rumor has it a dog owner once got the meatballs for himself.”

Often, the wait staff will slip outside just to scratch a head or a tummy.

“Who doesn’t love to say hi to a dog?” says Bundy, who has two of her own.

Special occasions can bring pups to Rams Head.

“ ‘I’m here for my dog’s birthday’ is the most popular reason,” Bundy says. Sometimes it’s the other way around. Several years ago, a 5-year-old boy arrived with his parents and their mixed breed named Dexter.

“The child’s birthday wish was to eat cake with Dexter, so they sat on the patio and had dessert. It was the cutest thing,” Bundy says. Dexter, 9, washed his cake down with a $6 Bowser Beer.

Visit The Wine Bin in Ellicott City some Friday evenings and this is what you’ll see:
a parking lot filled with dogs of all shapes and sizes and their owners who are sipping free drinks, mingling and dancing to the dulcet sounds of a live band.

Twice a month, the Wine Bin hosts a “Yappy Hour” that draws as many as 100 people and their pets — though, in truth, there’s little yapping going on.

See Lou Sinbazo? She’s clutching a glass of wine in one hand and her little dog, Pickle, in the other, swinging and swaying and doing the samba. Sort of.

“She loves to dance,” Sinbazo says of Pickle, a 2-year-old rescue from Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico. Sinbazo and her husband, who live in Ellicott City, bring Pickle to acclimate her to others and “to learn other people’s dog parenting styles,” Tommy Sinbazo says.

To many attendees, their pets are their kids.

“Our daughter just graduated from college, and now we have Stanley,” Richard Stearns says of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi