Sit. Stay. Bring Beer? This Might Be The Cutest Delivery Option Ever
How a family business is bringing suds and smiles to others during the crisis. Watch the heartwarming video!
With small businesses all over the country struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, business owners are coming up with unique ways to get their goods to their loyal customers.
For example, brewery owners Mark and Karen Heuwetter have made running the business a family affair in recent weeks since they had to furlough 12 of their workers due to the epidemic.
"When it first came out we were like, holy smokes, can we open? Can we close? What do we do?" Mark told CBS News. "We had to redefine our business. We never had curbside, we never had delivery."
A family-owned brewery in Long Island, NY is putting their family members (both two and four-legged) to work during the crisis. Six Harbors Brewing Company/Facebook
The Heuwetters own Six Harbors Brewing Company in Huntington, NY. Not only are they getting their kids involved in day-to-day tasks like canning, answering phones, and making deliveries, but the Heuwetters are also putting their fur-babies to work.
The family's two golden retrievers, Buddy and Barley, are already well-known in the town as the "brew dogs." When people started requesting to see the dogs when they picked up their craft brews or got them delivered to their homes, Karen said it only made sense to make the pups a more permanent part of the process.
"They have been requested on many cases, and we are making it well known that they can deliver beer to your house," she said.
The "B" brothers have been making beer deliveries to help pay the bills. Six Harbors Brewing Company/Facebook
In order to maintain safe social distancing guidelines, the Heuwetters strap six-packs to the dogs and they deliver the cans right to the customers' front porches, where the friendly pups are "tipped" with head scratches and belly rubs.
While the pups have been helping to keep the orders coming in, the family says the brew dogs aren't just good for business. They also give people who have been feeling isolated and depressed during the quarantine a much-needed boost.
"When they go out and make people smile, I think people really like that," she said. "In fact, people need that these days, so when they put a smile on people's faces they're doing their job — which, by nature, is easy for them."
The dogs provide a fun, socially-distant way to safely deliver cans to customers. Six Harbors Brewing Company/Facebook
The Heuwetters aren't the only ones using their four-legged family members to help bolster sales during the pandemic. A winery owner in Maryland has trained her 11-year-old boxer to carry wine to customers in a horse saddlebag.
"I put a couple treats in the pack, a bag for the wine, and the two bottles of wine. I then open the door and he marches on up the walk to the curb and parking lot to deliver the wine," Lori Yata, the winery's owner, told Today.
Here's "Soda Pup" delivering wine for his owner in Maryland. Stone House Urban Winery/Facebook
What a sweet way to keep people smiling – and keep the bills paid – during the crisis. Maybe their success will inspire other business owners to put their pooches to work.