Cats and caffeine

The purrrfect dream for a couple of Minneapolis cat lovers is inching closer to reality.

Co-owners Danielle Rasmussen and Jessica Burge announced that they have signed a lease for a space on Hennepin Avenue in Uptown for Cafe Meow.

It's not a cafe for cats. It's a coffee shop where customers would be able to hang out with some friendly felines — and maybe adopt one from the cafe's shelter partners.

Since the goal of Cafe Meow is to promote adoption, you can't bring your own cat to the cafe. On the website, Rasmussen and Burge say they'll serve assorted pastries, plus coffee from St. Paul-based Bootstrap Coffee Roasters and tea from Minneapolis-based Northern Lights Tea Co.

It may take a few months for the cafe to submit its plans and get them reviewed by the city.

If you need to get to a cat cafe right away, there are a few in New York City and, not surprisingly, dozens in Japan.

Hello, kitties!

Tom Horgen

Doggone good job

The humans behind the wildly popular Dogs of Instagram, Minneapolitans Ahmed El Shourbagy and Ashley Paguyo appear to be barking up the right tree. Their account now has 4 million followers, the duo was recently featured in and they've got a line of dog clothes and accessories, Lucy & Co., named after their Boston terrier/pug.

Cat lovers, don't dismay. They've also got an Instagram account for cats — with 8.3 million followers.

Take that, Fido.

Connie Nelson