We all like to spend as much time with our dogs as possible. We tend to develop routines and learn their favorite places to go, and when the sad day comes that we know will be their last, we want to send them off in the best way possible.
Margo Stanley Waldrop's dog Lily loved to go to Starbucks to get herself a "Puppaccino." So when Stanley Waldrop needed to give Lily the best last day, she made sure to bring her to get her favorite treat.
Stanley Waldrop explained the situation, and of course the baristas were understanding, but it wasn't until the next day that she realized how much they cared.
"I drive through every day with my dogs," she wrote on her Facebook. "The baristas all know me and my dogs and greet us everyday with enthusiasm. Yesterday, I drove through with my dog Lily and explained to the baristas that greeted us that Lily had cancer and it was her last day before being put to sleep later that day. They gave her a 'Puppaccino', and encouraged me with words of support and goodbyes to Lily."
She shared the story as a way to show everyone that sometimes it's the people you wouldn't expect who support you the most.
When she arrived at Starbuck's the next day, she received not just her daily coffee, but also a gift from all of the people who worked there.
"Today, when I drove through, after Lily's passing yesterday, the baristas had some special surprises for me. They gave me a vase of beautiful flowers, homemade pumpkin bread that one of the baristas made (they know I love pumpkin bread), several handwritten notes from the baristas giving their condolences, and they personally paid for my coffee."
Obviously, Stanley Waldrop was honored by this gesture.
"I can't even begin to tell you how good that made me feel. This team of baristas, and their manager Lars have made me feel so welcome since they opened the store almost a year ago. Such good people to remember that one of their regulars was going through a tough time. Thank you Starbucks!"
The staff all wrote letters to Waldrop sharing their condolences and their prayers in her time of need, and offered their support.
While these are people that she sees just for coffee, it's truly touching that they would go out of their way to make sure that she knew they were there for her if needed.
I think we can all agree that losing a pet is one of the worst things that can happen to you, so it's nice to know that these baristas were there for her.