All breeds need car­ing

Home­less dogs want gifts, too

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS / CHRISTMAS TIME -

CUR­RIMUNDI cof­fee roast­ers from Groundskee­per Wil­lie have re­cently helped home­less dogs fill their stock­ings.

Will Kemp and At­tie O’Rourke served free “rein­deer pup­pac­ci­nos” at a Santa’s Lit­tle Helper event in early De­cem­ber to en­cour­age dog own­ers to bring a dog gift for the Sun­shine Coast An­i­mal Refuge.

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful Pups and Chi­nos event in Sep­tem­ber, the team saw dogs visit from as far south as Bris­bane and as far north as the beaches of Noosa and Peregian.

There was lo­cally roasted cof­fee, snacks and lucky door prizes in­clud­ing dog ban­danas and Frank Green keep cups.

Young­sters joined the fun with their furry friends, drink­ing the “rein­deer babychi­nos” that were also on of­fer.

Mr Kemp said Christ­mas just wouldn’t be the same with­out their much loved pet.

“We spent the last four years in North Amer­ica with our dachs­hund Ralph and couldn’t imag­ine spend­ing a Christ­mas with­out our best friend.”

He said the pair en­joyed gath­er­ing the com­mu­nity “to make our res­cue dogs’ Christ­mas a lit­tle brighter”.

The event was held at the site of their new roast­ery at 1 Allen Street, Mof­fat Beach.

Mr Kemp said the cof­fee cart would still be op­er­at­ing while the team fully fits out the roast­ery/cafe.

“We’re ex­cited to host the event in our new space, across the road from our orig­i­nal pop-up,” he said.

The hus­band and wife team do­nates an on­go­ing $1 per kilo of cof­fee to dog res­cues.

Groundskee­per Wil­lie also op­er­ates a pop-up cof­fee shop at 2/2 Allen Street, Mof­fat Beach Tues­days-Thurs­days.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.grounds keep­er­willie.com or @willieonso­cial on Face­book.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CUTE: A happy pup at the Groundskee­per Wil­lie Santa’s Lit­tle Helper event.

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