Many people often change their careers to best fit the needs of their loved ones, especially when they are looking to start a family. While many of us dog owners have a difficult time leaving our pets for the day even just to go to work, it’s not every day that many of us will quit our jobs in order to hang out with them because of that guilty feeling. Not Lisa Owen-Jones – the Stoke Newington, North London resident and 20-year marketing veteran ended up succumbing to the feeling of guilt and decided to put her wire fox terrier Florence before anything else, quitting her job in the process.
“When I got Florence in 2012 it really was love at first sight. Florence came everywhere with me, on the tube, to the pub, I’d have a beer and Florence would have an ice cube,” explained Owen-Jones. “Over time I found it harder and harder leaving her to go to my day job. Florence would sit next to the door with sad eyes, I felt so guilty.”
Not only did she quit her job to spend more time with her beloved canine, she also ended up changing career paths. Whenever she had free time to spend with Florence, Owen-Jones attempted to bring the dog to places she used to go to by herself. Unfortunately, many of these places didn’t share in her sentiment: most of the places she tried to go to didn’t allow dogs.
“I was tired of waving outside coffee shops trying to get the attendant to notice us. I got tired of standing in the rain drinking my coffee, there was no reason why we couldn’t go in we just weren’t allowed. I started thinking about ways I could spend more time with her and Scooby’s was born,” she recalls.
Scooby’s Boutique Coffee Bar is an establishment that serves snacks and drinking for the humans and four-legged friends. It hasn’t been an easy feat by any means, Owen-Jones spills, but she has had no regrets – Scooby’s is actually doing really well these days.
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