Heroic Dog Delivers Curbside Wine During Coronavirus Lockdown

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. In the last few weeks, we’ve read stories of doctors, nurses, and others risking their lives to work in the healthcare industry. We’ve seen stories on those hard-working grocery clerks and restaurant chefs. And we can’t forget the organizations working to help feed people and help pay those who are out of work. But, last week, we learned about a different kind of hero. This hero has four legs, is covered in fur, and is definitely a good boy.

That’s because, in this world of social distancing and curbside pick-up, a winery in Maryland is using a dog to help with deliveries. Stone House Urban Winery in Hagerstown, Maryland, is home to Soda Pup, an 11-year-old Brindle Boxer turned delivery pooch.

Photo: Vincent Scherer (Getty Images)

Photo: Stone House Urban Winery

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, customers visiting the winery’s tasting room would likely be met with the friendly pup. Now, as they pull up to pick up their orders, they’re met with the lovable pooch. That’s because, instead of risking contamination, owner Lori Yata has outfitted the dog with saddlebags that hold as many as four bottles of wine. The best part? According to the World Health Organization, dogs can’t spread the virus. So, it’s a win-win. People won’t get sick and they get to see a friendly, fluffy face anytime they need more wine.

So, if you find yourself anywhere near Hagerstown, visit the winery and say hello to Soda Pup. If you’re not, make sure to patronize your local wineries, distilleries, and breweries to ensure they’ll still be open when this is all over. Even if they don’t have an adorable delivery dog, at least you’re doing your part to help out while getting your drink on.

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