Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hangriest Hour: Dairy Queen’s Pet Night

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Ambiance: It’s a warm Monday evening, and the South Higgins Avenue Dairy Queen bustles with locals who have converged on the establishment for after-dinner sweets. Two blond boys intent on devouring their ice cream cones pay little attention to the soft-serve dripping onto their white T-shirts. Two hungry looking poodles mill about not far from the DQ counter. A woman eyes the menu while cradling a heeler-dachshund cross named Big Eddie.

What you’re eating: The South Higgins DQ provides free pet cones every day. But Mondays are special, because people get free stuff, too. On Monday nights, the South Avenue Dairy Queen hosts “Family Pet Night,” when furry and not-so-furry companions receive free ice cream cones and whoever accompanies the pet receives a mini Blizzard at no cost.

  • Courtesy Susie Rosett

Who you’re eating with: A Saint Bernard, who wolfs his cone down in three bites, a blue heeler and several mixed-breed dogs, all accompanied by doting human companions. Big Eddie, specifically, appears destined for the good life. Diane Foster, who’s accompanied Eddie on this outing, says he just got sprung from the Thompson River Animal Care Shelter the day before. “This is his first trip to the Dairy Queen,” she says. DQ Shift Manager Melissa Earhart says Pet Night isn’t limited to canines. In fact, Earhart once brought her fish. “I know we’ve had a rabbit,” Earhart says. “And I’ve seen a cat once.”

How to find it: Dairy Queen, 1735 S. Higgins. Pet Night is Mondays from 5-11.

Hangriest Hour serves up fresh details on western Montana eats. To recommend a restaurant, dish or chef for Hangriest Hour, email editor@missoulanews.com.

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