Just a half mile from the ferry in Bellingham, Wash., there's a quiet little place where a fella can take his best pal for a meal and never have to worry about a raised eyebrow. A raised leg, however, would be a serious violation of etiquette at the Doggie Diner. Since it opened last year, Taimi Gorman's '50s-style diner for dogs has been raking in up to $10,000 a month with fare including garlic-cheese chews, carrot muffins and bottled water. Since state law forbids food preparation in locations that allow animals, humans order from a restaurant Gorman owns nearby. "Because we're delivering," says Gorman, 45, "people eat off paper plates, while dogs get the good dishes." Chowhounds of both species sit on bar stools or at tables. "It's cool," says retiree Paul Reddick, 66, who stops in with Tige, a miniature schnauzer. "It's nice to be able to go out for lunch with him."
This isn't exactly what Gorman set out do in life. The Seattle native, who got the diner idea from Paris's pet-friendly bistros, majored in speech pathology and audiology. "I'm living proof," she says, "that if you get enough degrees, you'll grow up to run a dog restaurant."
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