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Jasper celebrates his birthday ... at Starbucks

The 4-year-old St. Bernard enjoyed his birthday by helping give away $1,000 worth of drinks with owner, John Bartholf


by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Local resident John Bartholf and his St. Bernard, Jasper, celebrated the latters fourth birthday Monday at Starbucks in Wilsonvilles Town Center shopping center by giving away $1,000 worth of drinks to all comers. The stream of caffeine-seeking Starbuck's patrons had little idea what was going on.

But they sure appreciated the free drinks Monday morning, thanks to Wilsonville resident John Bartholf. Bartholf and his St. Bernard, Jasper, celebrated the latter's fourth birthday by giving away $1,000 worth of lattes, mochas and frappuccinos to all-comers. It was, Bartholf said, a simple thank you to a community that has shown both he and his dog nothing but kindness.

"The people here are so nice," he said, "that I wanted to do this."

Bartholf adopted Jasper several years ago, and he and his 216-pound "best buddy" have been frequenting the Starbucks next to Lamb's Thriftway four to five times a week ever since.

The pair have become a fixture at the coffee shop, sitting outside at one of the tables, rain or shine, enjoying a coffee and a treat. And on Monday a steady flow of patrons stopped as they left the shop to wish Jasper a happy birthday. Children asked to stroke the dog's thick fur, and some even left him a small treat of their own.

"He's great with children," Bartholf said as he watched the children of former Wilsonville High School baseball coach Matt Kosderka pet the dog's head in exchange for some friendly licks.

"I've had so many people come up and say 'This puts a smile on my face,'" Bartholf said. "And if that happens, great, I'm all for it."

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Jasper, a 216-pound St. Bernard, celebrated his fourth birthday Monday at his favorite Starbucks in Wilsonville, where he and owner John Bartholf visit four to five times each week.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Jasper is an extremely friendly St. Bernard who celebrated his fourth birthday Monday by giving away $1,000 worth of drinks at Starbucks with his owner, John Bartholf.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Sydney and Colby Kosderka of Wilsonville wish Jasper the St. Bernard a happy fourth birthday at Starbucks Monday, July 21.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - A crowd of well-wishers gathers around Jasper Monday morning at the Lambs Starbucks, including former WHS graduate Kalia Bistolas (center), to wish the St. Bernard a happy fourth birthday.


By Josh Kulla
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