Steady Eddy’s Coffee House (Winters, CA), is a little quieter now. For 14 years, Eddy the Cat, the namesake of the cafe, exhibited the quintessential customer service. Sadly, he was attacked and killed by a dog on the front porch after the business had closed.
“He would greet customers, he was the cat that would rub up on your leg, greet you to say hi,” Carla Wroten, the owner of Steady Eddy’s, told FOX 40. “He kind of became the constant. He set the tone for the coffee shop. We`ve always known Eddy was an extra special cat and he was kind of a celebrity. He had a celebrity status to him.”
The porch is now covered with mementos and flowers in honor of the beloved cat and the coffee shop is using the sad situation to remind people who take their animals out in public the importance of taking care and paying attention to their surroundings.
“It was unfortunate because it was on our porch, it was Eddy`s territory, he’d been living here for 14 years,” said Wroten. “He`s seen and met countless animals [and] greeted them with kindness, so this was a very different experience than we ever thought we could have because it`s never been close to that.”
Wroten continued as she considered all the Eddy brought to the community-at-large.“I’ll always remember this – that sometimes I think we get really busy in our lives and sometimes it`s the little things in life that don`t cost a lot of money, like a cat or a dog, that can really make a community or coffee shop really special.”