Ottercoffee in Vergas starts offering puppaccinos

Looking forward to year 2

Desiree Bauer / Tribune Intern. Zoey was all smiles inside Ottercoffee.

Desiree Bauer / Tribune Intern. Zoey was all smiles inside Ottercoffee.

Desiree Bauer / Tribune Intern. Intern Desiree Bauer with her partner for the day, Zoey, who decided to try the puppacino for herself.

Desiree Bauer / Tribune Intern. Intern Desiree Bauer with her partner for the day, Zoey, who decided to try the puppacino for herself.

Desiree Bauer / Tribune Intern. Since the day they opened, Ottercoffee has always allowed dogs inside.

Desiree Bauer / Tribune Intern. Since the day they opened, Ottercoffee has always allowed dogs inside.

VERGAS—When you walk into Ottercoffee and Ice Cream in Vergas, you'll notice a little sign at the bottom of the door that says "Dogs are Welcome." Owner Jill Shipman said the sign is down so low so dogs can read it.

Since Ottercoffee opened its doors one year ago, it has always been dog-friendly. Shipman even brings in her rescue dachshund, Lily, a few times a week. When my dog Zoey and I walked in, everyone made sure to pet her. Customers that walked in after us also gave Zoey some scratches and attention.

"The goal here was always to welcome dogs. We always have water dishes; it's a good place to get your dog to socialize," Shipman said.

Recently, Shipman started serving dogs something fancier than just water: "puppaccinos."

"A friend told me about the puppaccinos and I was like 'I'm on it'," Shipman said. "And we put it on and right away we had people coming. It was crazy."

These puppaccinos are exactly what they sound like: a coffee shop treat for your pet. They are $1 and are made of whipped cream, a little bit of peanut butter (depending on the size of the dog) and a dog treat on top. In the last week, Shipman thought they had given out at least 20 of these puppaccinos, and they just started serving them on June 13.

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