Plum and Ashby | June 17, 2015

San Francisco is meant to be one of the most dog-friendly cities in the world.

And in many cases, it is.

I've witnessed many a dog casually wander into a boutique with their owner- sometimes even cafes and house inspections! A stroll on 24th St in Noe Valley any given Sunday morning will deliver the frequent canine encounter.  Outside the Farmer's Market a multitude of panting pups eagerly await their owners who are picking up their fresh produce for the week. And, of course, beautiful dog parks abound and are usually rife with activity.

The city is seemingly perfect for us and our massively spoilt furkid, Sukie.

The only way San Francico kinda misses the mark on the dog front is their rental property policies. Many properties will claim that they are dog-friendly. It's the usual riff- "We love dogs!"  which will then be followed by these oh so-common caveats- "Small dogs only", "Pets have to be under 40 lbs", or "No 'aggressive' breeds".  Sometimes you'll simply get a long and, oftentimes, baffling list of strictly forbidden breeds.  I mean, Dalmations? Really?

Considering the overt fido-friendliness of this town, the vast challenges we face as owners of a large dog of mixed breed seem strikingly incommensurate. :(


BUT... we are slowly and steadily navigating these confusing new waters and will hopefully secure our next home in this city soon. Fingers crossed!! 

So, enough with the griping and onto happier pooch-related matters! Here's an adorable find for all the dog lovers out there...

Plum and Ashby is a stunning UK-based home accessories brand by Vicky White. I'm simply loving the products inspired by her gorgeous pup Bertie- especially the ceramics! Way to combine perhaps my two favourite things in the world- homewares and dogs!

Take a gander at the whole collection here.

( photos: Plum and Ashby )

posted under: Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Pet Chic, San Francisco, Sukie


  1. Aw, I'm sorry it's so hard to find a place to live with a dog. I lived in San Francisco for five years, and while I didn't have a dog, I often heard from friends who did about how it made their rental lives more difficult. It's not just SF, though, Portland is also a dog paradise in many ways, but renting with one is still hard, or so I hear. Is it easier in Australia?

    Speaking of Dalmations, I had never heard of them being dangerous until recently when I was listening to an interview with a postman about the dog attacks he'd endured. He said Dalmations were the worst, and that he'd been attacked twice by that breed! I guess they're often quite territorial. Who knew? (Postal workers, I guess.)
  2. Hi Rachel- I'd never heard that about Dalmatians before- how bizarre!

    In all honesty, I'm not sure how it is in Australia- we've never had to rent with a dog before. Maybe it's the same everywhere!

    Thankfully, we've just found a place that has accepted us! So relieved :)
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