If we had to name just a few things we love here at The Beat, coffee, Instagram, cats, and dogs would quickly come to mind— and it seems we are not alone.
The employees at the Hazeldean Starbucks in Kanata, Ottawa also love Instagram and pets so much that they’ve created their own Instagram account to post photos of pets belonging to customers who order via their drive-thru.
The cafe's manager, Sam Yocum, said to CTV News that customers follow the page and love to stop so their pets can get a moment in the spotlight and a complimentary treat, called a "puppucino!"
What is a puppuccino? Basically, it’s just a little bit of whipped cream in a cup that both dogs and cats can’t get enough of.
“I love dogs,” says Keara McDonnell, who oversees the Instagram account. “I feel like most people like dogs. So I just think it's really nice. Once a day you get that dog on your feed. It makes you smile.”
Word is spreading fast about the service and their social media account. As of writing this, they have over 2,000 followers and have been featured on the 6:00 news as well as various online publications across Canada.
McDonnell says she hopes to keep growing the Instagram account and invites anyone with a pet to stop by 457 Hazeldean Rd. for a photo and a treat.
“Just being the light in somebody’s day, whether that's just a coffee or a smile about a dog, or anything. It’s really fun to make people smile,” says McDonnell.