Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Starbucks Therapy

on August 10, 2008

Hubby, Jasmine and I have been walking to Starbucks (exactly 1 mile away from our house) every Saturday and Sunday to enjoy some coffee, to hang out and relax, and to give Jasmine a chance to get used to the hustle and bustle of a public space.  The trips have been extremely beneficial for Jasmine–she now relaxes in my or Hubby’s lap and watches all the activity with interest and without fear.  When someone approaches, she does still shrink away from a stranger trying to touch her, but all in all, she’s making great progress.

What I didn’t count on was how relaxing it has been for ALL of us.  We take a nice stroll down some quiet, tree-lined streets in our neighborhood.  We get to Starbucks, get our coffee and sit and pet the dog.  We sip our drinks and watch people pass.  We have conversations with each other and with the people who are also enjoying the day.  We relax.  We are starting to recognize the “regulars” that seem to hit the shop at the same times we do.  We watch Jasmine with love and amusement as she watches, ears up and shoulders hunched, as a man inside the shop rifles through a stack of newspapers or a child makes faces at her through the window.  We pet her and give her more scratchies.

An hour passes.  We sometimes get refills on our drinks.  We finally decide to get up and walk home.  We enjoy the sun and shade of our walk.  We say hello to people along the way.

While this started out as therapy for Jasmine, I realize now that it’s a way for all of us to enjoy a simple day.  And we’re all better for it.

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4 responses to “Starbucks Therapy

  1. ben says:

    starbucks is dog friendly? awesome!!

  2. mwdonnelly says:

    Yes–it is if there is outdoor seating at the location of your choice. They usually have a water bowl outside for dogs. However, you really can’t take your dog inside…

    Most restaurants and venues with “casual” outdoor settings are dog friendly. Just make sure your dog is “restaurant friendly!”

    Jasmine likes to sit in my lap with her paws on the table. She has a better vantage point that way. 🙂

  3. mwdonnelly says:

    A commenter to this blog became indignant because she was not able to bring her dog into Starbucks, then even MORE indignant because I disagreed with her insistence that her bringing her dog into the store in her dog carrier should NOT be a problem even if it violates the board of health statutes in her state. I didn’t post her snarky response to my comments on her stance. She then tried to comment again, stating that I must be have an underlying corporate agenda and am trying to promote Starbucks and that she wasn’t going to read my blog again.

    That’s fine.

    And for the record, I like Starbucks but have no association with them. I actually like Peet’s Coffee (a local chain) better than Starbucks, but the local Peet’s is too far to walk Jasmine from our home. So the wonderfully Jasmine-friendly Starbucks it is!

    What’s also great about our local Starbucks is that the “regulars” are very sweet, and everyone volunteers to watch Jasmine while I’m in the store getting my coffee. I’m sure if the commenter was nice to the people around her, she’d find equally generous people who would be more than happy to watch her pooch while she was in the store getting her java jolt. But then again, that’s what I’d do. Your mileage may vary.

  4. Joshua Kim says:

    i live in manhattan… i miss peet’s coffee (from westwood, CA). anyway, i wonder if the starbucks are pet friendly here. i’m a student, but dislike leaving my small puppy at home to go study… i’m not a study at home type. congrats with jasmine!

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