One of the best parts of my job (aside from the dogs, of course) is getting to know my human clients. Ok, I’ve had more than a few clients who wrote the book on wacky, but the majority of them are delightful. Several of them have become true friends over the years. I’ve been invited to client weddings, baby showers, and even to the White House. (Yes, one of my former clients invited me to lunch at the exclusive White House Mess Executive dining room. An amazing experience!) On Saturday I was reminded yet again that I work with cool folks during my final session with Olive and her people, Tom and Stephanie. During Olive’s lessons we always ended up chatting (and laughing), and it came to light that Tom is a bit obsessive when mastering a new skill. His last total-immersion subject was coffee, and to prove the depths of his devotion to the bean he showed me his massive commercial grade espresso machine. I immediately put in an order for a mocha, only to find out that Tom didn’t know how to make them. He promised to learn how just for me. Sure enough, when I showed up on Saturday morning for our final lesson I heard him clanging in the kitchen. Moments later he produced -- ta-da! – a gorgeous mocha. Turns out that Tom and Stephanie had been experimenting with mocha recipes for the past several weeks, tweaking them until the found just the right combination of coffee and chocolate. And oh did they ever. It was SO good. Better than you-know-who-bucks. I was honored by their efforts to produce a perfect cup for me, and reluctant to move my butt off the couch until I’d finished their sweet gift. Yes, I’ve got me some cool clients. Cheers to all of you – you know who you are!
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