It seems the great war between cats and dogs has a new battleground - Torrington, Connecticut. A dog-centric business recently shut down at 18 E. Main Street in town, and I just found out that it may have been those evil breath-stealing cats, because Litchfield County's first cat cafe is coming soon.

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I'm on Team Dog, and I was sad when the Downtown Barkery pet store closed. It was only vacant for a few weeks, now the paper is up on the windows, and a teaser website and banner is up for Perks and Paws Cat Cafe. This will be Connecticut's second cat cafe, Mew Haven Cat Cafe was Connecticut's first when it opened up on Whalley Ave in New Haven in 2018.



I feel bad for those who are allergic to dog and cat hair, but I wish more businesses were pet-friendly. There are a few brave business owners out there who aren't afraid of the wrath of the allergic and allow us to interact with friendly animals, in fact, some are even starting to understand the importance of human/animal interaction and charging us for that pleasure.

What does Connecticut need? More businesses that are pet-friendly. My wife and I would love to bring our 5 pound Chihuahua out as we shopped and grabbed a bite to eat. Out of respect for those that have allergies, we would never, but if the business owner didn't mind? We would take him everywhere. Would someone please start funding Litchfield County's first Chihuahua Cafe next, please?

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