The Puppuccino debate: Can dogs safely eat whip cream?
Recognizing the signs of a lactose-intolerant dog
I used to be one of those Starbucks loungers. I’d find a good La-Z-Boy chair, make sure an outlet was nearby and type away until I finished a freelancing assignment. I always got a multigrain bagel, salt n’ vinegar chips, fruit and cheese plate, an Impossible breakfast sandwich and/or a grande hot cocoa. Depending on my mood, I may have ordered two or three of these things.
But social isolation made me way less interested in sitting in anybody’s cafe in 2020 and 2021. When Starbucks doors started opening again and the tables reappeared, I still had no interest in returning—after a decade of hanging out in this cafe when I wasn’t buying chocolate mint tea at Argo Tea locations.
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However, when I saw that “thank you” card in the mail from my favorite electricians, I knew what was going to fall out of that card. As they’d done before, they gave me a free Starbucks gift card. I could taste the hot cocoa in my mouth before I even got there. Two years of hot cocoa and tea from home, and just like that, I was salivating to find the nearest location. But this was the first time I was ever going to Starbucks with a dog. I’d heard of Puppuccinos from the owner of FetchaDate, but it was just never something I thought much of until a couple months ago.
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Mid-walk around the neighborhood, I saw that green and white lady, and that gift card was burning a hole in my pocket. So I went in, and my dog had her first Puppuccino. My problem now? She thinks every time we pass this block, she’s getting a cup of whip cream. And although Puppuccinos are cool on occasion, some dogs can’t have them at all.