This morning, an “06880” reader sent a photo of a dog outside Starbucks. It was cold, the dog looked — well, like a dog — and the reader worried she was out in 9-degree weather while the owner had coffee.
I assumed the worst too, and posted the photo.
Readers were quick to respond. (They always are when dogs are involved. And cats. Deer, too.)
Many suggested that dogs are hardy animals. They like to be outside. Some readers said they’d seen the dog often downtown, with her owner, and appeared to be well cared for.
Then the owner bounded in. She wrote:
We spent 1 minute at Starbucks. Since I am a regular, the minute they see us, they start my coffee order. We walk every day to Starbucks.
I debated walking in this temperature, but Liberty was game. I tried to put her in a new jacket, but it was too large and dragged on the ground. We stay an average of 1-2 minutes in winter for the coffee. She doesn’t mind. She is extremely spoiled and only goes out for these walks and sits in the warm house with me all day.
Now, I’m at liberty to divulge even more poop about Liberty.
Her family rescued her in 2006. At that time, her ribs poked through her skin.
Today she is perfectly happy and healthy.
So the next time you see Liberty, say hi. Pet her. Give her a treat.
I hear she loves a vanilla mocha pumpkin toffee nut latte. With extra steamed milk.