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ella bean the dog is a four pound puppy mill survivor & former death row inmate from a south florida shelter. now residing in williamsburg, brooklyn, she enjoys ceviche, rosé and modeling for photos. she has most recently been spending her time with her rescued sisters, coconut & fifi von bean.
puppy mills are where dogs in pet stores (and online breeders) are farmed like livestock, kept in cages and used to breed and sell puppies for profit.
please adopt from a shelter or work with a reputable breeder, don't support pet stores or irresponsible breeders who sell online. for more information on puppy mills visit the Humane Society.
OMG IT’S AMAZON PRIME DAY! with over 1 million products on steeper than usual discount, we’ve created a bean approved guide to the cutest pet supplies & fashion in the sale. happy shopping!
paris is our fave city for dogs…parisiens love their dogs and the general rule of thumb is unless there is specifically a no dogs allowed sign, dogs ARE allowed. one irony is that dogs are not allowed in most parks, but that is to preserve the beautiful landscaping and grass. i have been to paris three times now, and these are my picks. PS: check out our tips for flying with your dog & the scoop on international travel.
the hoxton paris
perfectly situated in the 2nd arrondismont, staying at the hoxton makes it easy to access le marais, the louvre, jardin tulieries, palais royale, les halles and so much more. the restaurants in the immediate area are some of paris’ best resturaunts like frenchie and septime (and hardest to get a rez at, book at least 1 month before travel). the hotel is beautiful and definitely is a destination for the cool crowd in paris. during the day, you’ll notice stylish people taking business meetings and at night, it flips to a chilled out lounge, complete with an outdoor courtyard.
relevant to OUR interests, the hoxton is completely dog friendly! they provide bowls and a paris guide for pups when you check in - and even left a bag of treats in the shape of the Eiffel tower! i can report the beds are extremely comfortable and our room was quiet. we’d absolutely stay here again! the only note is to be prepared to roll your luggage across a small area with cobblestone.
in the 2nd arrondissement (not far from the hotel!) you’ll find flair in the city. this is by far the chicest pet store we’ve come across and has everything from french pet fashion, chic toys, beds, even the food is chic! we discovered a line of pet food here called rockster that ella adored (she decided to stop eating her freeze fried food mid-trip). they also have a gorgeous store-cat named newton who we adored and we aren’t even cat people!
find it: 36 Rue d'Aboukir, 75002 Paris, France, mini location inside Le Bon Marché
we always stop in this pet store when we’re on the right bank visiting our fave home decor store, fleux. moustaches is where we used to pick up the sort of famous pig toys that big brother louis loved so much. the original pig, napolean, is from this shop. we also have found cute eiffel tower toys and other french themed toys. they have a great carrier selection, but light on the fashion options.
find it: 32 Rue des Archives, 75004 Paris, France
we consider la niche an important stop because they DO have some dog clothing we’ve purchased in the past, but most important, it’s a rock solid basic pet store where you can score any items you may have left at home for decent prices. BHV, aka Bazaar de l'Hotel de Ville, is a department store in central paris that’s a little more accessible than some of the other famous department stores like Le Bon Marché or Galleries Lafayette.
find it: 42 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris, France
down the same street from flair in the city, this tiny gem of a donut shop offers vegan donuts that are JUST as good as their non-vegan counterparts (also sold here!). you can shop for your pup and then eat donuts with them. perfect day! best part, aside from the super yummy donuts (no seriously, check out their IG), is the family owned shop has it’s own little rescue dog! we all made friends and i enjoyed sniffing the donuts, the humans would not let me have a lick. rude.
find it: 77 Rue d'Aboukir, 75002 Paris, France
this goop recommended french bistrot is all the things you think of when dreaming of a night out in paris. the food is solid, decor is classic and they were extraordinarily bean friendly. we would absolutely go back!
find it: 22 Rue Paul Bert, 75011 Paris, France
to be very clear, if you want french food, don’t come to echo. the california hipster vibe is totally straight out of williamsburg or venice in LA, but honestly, hipsters in paris are just so much chicer. so you definitely should go and people watch while you enjoy sipping on your matcha latte with oat milk and eating your avocado toast.
find it: 95 rue d’Aboukir 75002 Paris
this cafe is iconic, it opened in the 1880s and is one of the oldest coffee houses in paris. you aren’t really coming here for the pricey (and average) food though, it’s all about the ambience and the famous people you might see. i mean, pablo picasso hung out here! in front of the famous art deco sign, tourists and instagrammers are taking selfies and tasking their significant others to take pix, because really, isn’t it all for the ‘gram? joking aside, we always stop here to load up on caffeine when we are on the left bank because the first time the humans went to paris, they had their first meal here (awwww).
find it: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
if you are on the left bank and in need of some classic french food, skip cafe de flore and head across the street to Brasserie Lipp. the food is solid and the restaurant itself was totally bean friendly. don’t miss the mashed potatoes!
find it: 151 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
prime chic french fashion (and dog) watching at this cafe in Palais Royale situated overlooking the park. it’s human’s fave spot to grab a matcha before hitting Rue Saint-Honoré for some luxury shopping, or the Louvre for some art.
find it: 51 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France
excellent pastries and a chill vibe on the left bank, also extra bean friendly! i wasn’t the only pup hanging out. highly recommend for both food and atmosphere.
find it: 47 Rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris, France
famous for their bread, but don’t miss their pastries and cookies. multiple locations, very bean friendly.
find it: 8 our fave location is Rue du Cherche-Midi
if you can make it happen, stick around in Paris on a sunday and wander this amazing certified organic open market, check out the gorgeous produce and no matter what, find the guy who is making fresh, hot potato gallettes from les Gallatins. you can find him right on the corner of cherce midi and blvd raspail. we love these galettes so much, we make it a point to be in paris on a sunday and we’ve come back to burn our tongues on these delish fried potato and onion pancakes for years. if you are airbnb’ing, it’s a must to shop here and stock up on bread, fruit, pre made organic food and more.
find it: sundays only, opens 7am - 2:30PM, Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris, France
it’s paris so there’s literally an opportunity for pastries every where you look. make the calories #worthit and head up to the tippy top of the marais and eat literally anything and everything from this boulangerie. pro tip: this is the best place to start a long day of shopping in the marais and work your way down toward the seine. make sure you stalk their instagram and come mostly prepared for what you want to order, this place is super local and has no patience for tourists. still worth it.
find it: 20 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris, France
OK this is ONLY ONE OF TWO recs on this list that you cannot bring your dog too. it’s THAT good that it’s still on the bean guide. i obvi haven’t been, but lady has gone on her last four trips to paris and can’t get enough. i know what you are thinking…middle eastern food in paris? YES. GO. and you need to book one month in advance or forget about it, it’s super hard to get in if you don’t plan in advance. order the kubane bread. tip: do not go for breakfast, it’s just a regular hotel breakfast. lunch has a good menu, but dinner is the most fun when the staff is likely to start a party during your meal. come early (or stay after) and have a drink in the super chic bar!
find it: 9 Rue d'Alger, 75001 Paris, France
the second rec on our list we wouldn’t rec bringing your dog to is this little restaurant with shareable plates and the best fried chicken the humans have ever had. from the same people who own verjus (much fancier, still yummy!).
find it: 34 rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, France
S.4234/A.6298, the Humane Pet Store Bill will be going to a vote on the New York State Senate floor NEXT WEEK. This bill will ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores in New York.
Passing this bill will allow New York to follow in the footsteps of over 300 localities and two states, California and Maryland, who have passed similar laws. New York has about 80 pet stores selling live animals, with about 50,000 animals sold annually. The number is staggering when you think about the number of puppy/kitten/bunny parents left behind to suffer in commercial pet breeding facilities.
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we just departed amsterdam and WOW. this may be our new fave destination. the beautiful old buildings along the canals are beyond charming. the humans ate insanely good meals & if you aren’t a meat eater or if avoid dairy / gluten it’s still extremely easy to find amazing food. we loved the museums, the parks & the vibe. plus the city was super dog friendly! all that said, amsterdam def requires some planning so you don’t end up with the impression that all of amsterdam is a party city filled with drugs & the red light district ( no judgement if that’s your thing tho!).
this hotel gets a full bean endorsement. no pet fees and super duper dog friendly - they included a dog guide for info on friendly bars, restaurants, pet stores & even vet info! they also provided me with a luxe dog bed, bowls & poop bags. if you aren’t familiar with the hoxton hotels, expect a chill but trendy vibe. it definitely caters to a “type”. almost everyone checking in had away luggage and the lobby/ bar/ restaurant was filled with young professionals on their macbooks. that said, we would totally recommend the hotel to anyone - the atmosphere is not off putting or pretentious and the front desk team was delightful. do expect to carry your own bags to your room though and note there may be some stairs involved!
the location was perfect, tucked into a picturesque canal in central amsterdam close to the great shopping and restaurants in 9 streets & jordaan. amsterdam is totally walkable. the humans trekked across from museumplein back to the hotel (about an hour walk) and it was great. the human bed was super comfy and the bathroom was spacious. the humans chose a room that was on the smaller side & did not face the canals, but we were really only in the room to nap, change, shower & sleep. the hotel delivers fresh juice, bananas to your room each morning. super useful for powering up before heading out for the day! we’d absolutely stay here again.
bonus: our fave stroopwafel shop was around the corner.
because we traveled in june, we were lucky enough to be able to eat outside a lot and therefore, i was able to dine with my humans us most of the time. some restaurants the humans have included are NOT dog friendly, but i love having some down time to nap, so it’s OK by me.
do it for the ‘gram! this breakfast/ lunch spot is adorable & the food & baked goods are super photogenic - but also tasted great. we loved how easy it was to skip the dairy (hello oat milk!!) and the fruit bowls were phenom. i did eat inside with the humans and no one said anything - not sure this place is dog friendly, but definitely isn’t opposed to well behaved, silent dogs. one location has outdoor seating.
we happened to exit our uber right in front of matcha mafia and lady human LOVES her matcha, but this chic, instagrammable spot won skeptical man human over too! the drinks are amazing and don’t miss out on the baked goods. this spot is super walkable from museumplein, so if you need some caffeine after hitting up the museums, this is your spot. also, the neighborhood de pijp is super cool and the restaurants and bars over in that area all looked really fantastic.
if you only have one apple pie on your trip, make this the stop. super pup friendly and the humans report the apple pie is absolutely amazing. they even gave me a tiny taste of apple! be sure to look in the kitchen and see how all the apples are peeled and cored.
NOT dog friendly, but the humans say it worth having your pup nap at the hotel while you enjoy. this restaurant in a gorgeous greenhouse is on every foodies list. the humans were skeptical given how hyped up it was, but we had an excellent meal and would absolutely go back! note: this is a prixe fix multi-course menu and you will need to reserve way in advance. lunch reservations are easier to get.
NOT dog friendly, but was probably the humans’ favorite meal of the trip. this restaurant is right near the river and housed on the top floor of a building filled with artists studios. the food was amazing. when reserving (which is a must well in advance), you can specify any food preferences or allergies and your server will be mindful and provide alternatives.
a canal tour: rederij paping
we booked a private tour with dog friendly rederij paping and it was perfect. our guide marc, also the owner, showed us the entire city by boat. he was warm, generous and even stopped for some cookies mid tour! seeing amsterdam by water is an absolute can’t miss.
parks: the parks in Amsterdam are gorgeous so be sure to save time (and energy) to stroll and relax. our: vondelpark
wander: You’ll know when you are getting to the more touristy part of town when you see big crowds and the buildings get larger - some parts were cute, but mostly would not recommend for eating or hanging out. stick with9 streets, jordaan, museumplein and de pijp for good bars, food, cute canals and beautiful parks.
museum picks (not dog friendly!)
rijkmuseum: the major museum for the Dutch masters. the building is beautiful and the gardens outside have places to sit, snack and works of art that shouldn’t be missed. buy tix in advance and skip the very, very long lines.
van gough museum: not only does the museum have some of the most iconic Van Gough paintings, it does a great job of telling his life story, exploring his relationships to other artists and providing context for his art.
MoCo: the humans LOVED this museum and if you like contemporary art, you will too. it’s a quirky, fun building and you can get through the whole thing in about an hour, so it’s great for anyone who prefers a short museum experience. the humans went during the banksy exhibit and had never seen so many works of his art in one place!
we found this super cute dog fashion boutique while strolling and it’s a must for anyone with a pet. we didn’t make any purchases but the store had upscale pet brands like Louisdog and some stuff we’d never seen before.
this store is insane in the best possible way. Even if you aren’t in the market for a glitter unicorn patch army jacket, pop by and put a coin in the dancing stuffed animal machines. We loved it here!
vegan, sustainable, organic and CHIC. lady and man human did some major damage here.
mens, women’s and home. super cool stuff!
CBD for dogs is one of the biggest trends in the pet industry right now - you can find oils, treats and more on the market. We are always asked how to know if a product is a good one and we are ALWAYS asked questions asking if we use CBD, why we use CBD and how we use it.
We do use CBD oil in the bean household and we use it for a variety of different reasons. We include the Bean’s dosages in their food. For Ella, we use it because she’s a little older and we want to be sure she’s not hiding any arthritis from us. Cokie had some knee surgeries a while back and we want to help prevent any aches. For FiFi, we use it for anxiety. We tried a ton of products before finding Dr. Hempdog and when we saw pretty amazing results, we decided to chat with the founder of Dr. Hempdog, Marc.
If you are interested in checking out Dr. Hempdog products, you can use code BEAN10 to get a discount on your order! We don’t make any money on this, we just genuinely believe in and love this product and want to share it with you.
Important note: we are NOT vets and you should always speak with a vet before trying any supplements, especially if your pet has serious medical issues.
Important note #2: CBD on its own is not properly effective. It needs the supporting other cannabinoids to be properly effective. In the industry this is called full-spectrum. It is easily identified on a company’s lab work aka “certificate of analysis”.
What is CBD?
Dr. Hempdog: CBD is an abbreviation for one cannabinoid called cannabidiol. It’s one of over 100 cannabinoids that occur in the cannabis plant, which includes hemp.
What does CBD do?
Dr. Hempdog: CBD is known to be one of the more powerful cannabinoids. People and pets are successfully using CBD to help with pain, anxiety, seizures and more. All the benefits are still being studied. CBD doesn’t work alone, it actually needs the other cannabinoids in order for pets to reap the benefits. This is why it’s imperative that any product you use is labeled ‘full spectrum.’
How much CBD should you give?
Dr. Hempdog: Correct dosing is one of the most important success factors of using CBD. Under dosing doesn’t help the dog and it’s very prevalent. Over dosing has diminishing returns - you are essentially wasting the product. Dr. Hempdog does phone consults to help you determine the proper dosage for your pet. If the dose isn’t working, you should speak to the brand you are using and get more information on dosing. We don’t recommend more than 20% of a dog’s body weight in milligrams when dosing. This assumes you are using a high quality product - products of varying qualities may need to be dosed in different ways.
Can your dog take TOO much CBD?
Dr. Hempdog: The only side effect they’ve seen with too much CBD is lethargy - once a small dog got into a full bag of treats and ate 30 times his recommended dosage. The only side effect they saw was extreme lethargy for about 8 hours.
What should a customer look for when buying CBD?
Dr. Hempdog: Customers should be able to see the lab test ‘certificate of analysis’, which should show multiple cannabinoids (full spectrum). This certificate should also show the product has no contaminants or solvents. The best products also include Terpenes and are organic, non-GMO and grown without pesticides. Terpenes are another vital component of quality CBD. Not only do they enhance effectiveness, you can learn a lot about the quality of the extraction by the Terpenes, which are what give quality CBD a piney taste. A burnt flavor or no flavor could mean poor extraction.
CBD actually requires the presence of other naturally occurring cannabinoids from the hemp plant supporting it in order to work. A lot of products advertised ONLY have CBD, which won’t provide as much support as a full spectrum product.
You also must ensure the THC level is below the legal limit (under .3% THC) to ensure there’s zero possibility of it causing psychoactivity. THC overdosing IS a serious issue and can land your pup in the emergency room.
Note from the Beans: We personally do not use CBD flavored treats or edibles for the above reasons, we want to know exactly what we’re putting in our bodies!
How does CBD make dogs feel and are there any side effects?
Dr. Hempdog: We’ve worked with severely ill animals on a lot of conventional medicines and never seen bloodwork affected negatively, nor have we seen any negative impacts on healthy dogs. CBD should not get dogs high, nor should it make them tired. Poor quality products can result in lethargy, so keep an eye out!
Let’s talk about canine separation anxiety and anxiety in general - this is one of the number one q’s we get asked!
Dr. Hempdog: The endocannabinoid system is a neurological system in humans and dogs. Research is showing that our brains actually manufacture endocannabinoids and they can be found in food & soil all throughout nature. Since our modern diets are devoid of cannabinoids, replacing them via high quality Cannabinoids can help balance our system. Due to depleted soils cannabinoids are missing from our diets and as scientists study this, they are identifying cannabinoid imbalances. CBD that is supported by full spectrum cannabinoids can help replace what’s missing from our systems and for mammals with anxiety, cannabinoids can help restore balance to the system. This can have a positive impact on anxiety and pain - it’s not a drug - but can provide balancing effects.
What about very serious issues like seizures, Cushing’s Disease or cancer - how can CBD help?
Dr Hempdog: We have successfully helped animals using our product to manage serious medical issues. We recommend taking the time to talk to one of our team members and ALWAYS speak to a vet before giving a dog with a serious illness any supplements!
What about healthy dogs? Would they get any benefit from CBD?
Dr. Hempdog: If you are on a budget, then spending money on this supplement for a healthy dog may not be worthwhile. That said, there are new studies coming out that show CBD can be generally beneficial. A specific example is arthritis. Our pets hide pain from us, so we may not know when they begin to feel the aches of aging. Using CBD may proactively help keep them comfortable and slow any onset of more extreme pain.
Leave any other CBD related questions in the comments and we’ll do our best to get them answered!
Disclaimer: we do receive Dr. Hempdog products from the company at no cost, but we chose to test the product on our own and had amazing results, which is how we struck up a friendship!