Piper Hedrick leans in for a smooch with popular pooch Katy. Her father, Colin, holds his 3-year-old daughter as she greets Katy.“She loves puppies,” Colin said. He said Piper is good at greeting dogs properly, by holding her hand out gently first for it to sniff. His wife Erin works at Starbucks. (Photos by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

Piper Hedrick leans in for a smooch with popular pooch Katy. Her father, Colin, holds his 3-year-old daughter as she greets Katy.“She loves puppies,” Colin said. He said Piper is good at greeting dogs properly, by holding her hand out gently first for it to sniff. His wife Erin works at Starbucks. (Photos by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

Café pupaccino

Katy’s a popular pooch at Oak Harbor Starbucks

She’s got a friendly, albeit hairy, face.

“Hi, I’m Katy,” is perhaps how she’d greet you if she could talk.

She’s been described as “loyal,” “cuddly” and occasionally “stubborn.”

Katy is a soft-coated Wheaten terrier, which is what the sign her owner places below her each morning says, along with a written “greeting” from Katy herself.

People who regularly visit the Starbucks adjacent to Safeway in Oak Harbor are familiar with Katy and her owner, Bill Cheaqui.

Cheaqui, who lives in Coupeville with his wife, is a regular at Starbucks. He enjoys coming in the mornings to grab a cup of hot coffee and chat with his friends.

Most dog owners would leave their windows rolled up if they were to leave their dog behind. But not Cheaqui — he and Katy welcome a friendly interaction. Each morning, he makes sure she’s tied up securely and hangs up her sign on the window.

“A lot of people stop to pet her, some take pictures,” Cheaqui said.

She’s a well-loved puppy, both by her owner and those who happen to cross her path.

Erin Hedrick, who manages the Starbucks, says Katy is “so cute” and that it’s a nice sight for workers on their way in to work.

Katy is a little dog stepping into the big shoes of her late predecessor Riley, who also was a regular “window dog” for over 10 years at Starbucks and a local bakery. Riley was also a Wheaten Terrier.

“Riley used to be called ‘the Starbucks dog,’” Cheaqui said.

Just a puppy still, Cheaqui has only had Katy for three weeks. He got her from an out-of-state breeder at the age of 13 weeks.

Cheaqui also describes her personality as “courageous,” because shes not scared of vacuum cleaners like most dogs are. “And she barks at herself in the mirror all the time,” he said. She’s cuddly because she likes to sit on his lap, but stubborn because if she wants to go outside, “she wants you to chase her,” he said.

“I can’t promise never to bite you, cause I’m just a puppy, and I still like to chew,” Katy “says,” “But when I’m older, I’ll chew less. I am friendly; I guess that’s the Irish in me.”

So if you happen to run into Katy with her wagging tail, don’t be afraid to say hello.

Katy greets passersby with a sign.

Katy greets passersby with a sign.

Bill Cheaqui and his dog, Katy, are regulars at Starbucks near Safeway in Oak Harbor.

Bill Cheaqui and his dog, Katy, are regulars at Starbucks near Safeway in Oak Harbor.

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