Chief Animal Officer
My name is Bandit and I am a 11-year-old Border Collie cross leaving paw prints forever on your heart.
I am also known as the office ninja. You won’t notice I’m there until you feel my breath on your knee, probably because I’m looking for a treat. Sometimes I will even walk away and come back hoping that you’ve forgotten that you have already given me one. Every so often, I get lucky if I give people what they call ‘puppy dog eyes’.
The photo is of me with my favourite toy in the office. Check out that leg – it sticks out because of a surgery I had a year ago but I think it adds character.
Mom: Ruth Hendershot
Chief Feline Officer
My name is Rupert and I am a 9-year-old Himalayan adopted from the Midland OSPCA. I came with the usual rescue cat issues – eye problems, constipation, litter box is optional, vomiting, you name it – I have it!
Since coming home, I have two favourite pastimes – eating and sleeping. I enjoy yelling in the morning for my breakfast, then yelling again for my morning cookie. Then it is time to begin work. I enjoy sitting on the mouse and when that gets boring, I sit directly in front of the monitor. If humans decide to ignore me, I use my paw to gently remind them that their time would be better spent paying attention to me. When I am ready for my nap, I climb into the “associates chair” and go to sleep. I will wake up for brushing and will roll over like a dog for tummy strokes.
Later in the day, I ask for my afternoon snack and then return to one of my many sleeping spots to rest until dinner. At night, I spend time sitting up like a person before climbing into the center of the bed and stretching out to human size to sleep until morning.
Mom: Amanda McIninch
Lead Food Inspector
My name is Dylan and I am a 11-year-old Basenji with a big appetite and high energy.
When I walk into the office, everyone seems to put their garbage bins in places I can’t reach. You would think pulling out their scraps from lunch was a bad thing!
One time during a birthday celebration, they decided to hide the cake in a locked room so I couldn’t get to it. Lucky for me, someone left the door open, and I knew that was my chance! When it came time to sing happy birthday, my secret about taste-testing the cake was out. My mom was less than impressed, but everyone else thought it was funny! As Lead Food Inspector and comedian, it’s never a dull moment at Head Office.
Mom: Stephanie Bruno
Coordinator of Puppy Affairs
My name is Ellie and I am a 2-year-old Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain + Poodle). How cute do I look in my cap? I have developed my skills in working well with other dogs and have mastered what people call ‘puppy dog eyes’ which guarantees getting lots of treats. Between mid-day naps and playtime, I always have a full schedule at Head Office.
Dad: Adel Jalabi
Bandit #2 & Buddy
Mentee and Mentor
Our names are Bandit and Buddy, two 8-year-old Springerdoodles ready to keep you on your toes every moment of the day. We came from the same litter of pups and have been together since day one. Although you can often find us twinning, we couldn’t be more different in our personalities.
Buddy: “I’m the shy one. I always listen to my mom and follow her everywhere she goes. When she walks to the kitchen, I walk to the kitchen. When she goes to the restroom, I sit outside, waiting to see her again. I’m considered the A+ student at home, especially compared to Bandit. I’ve learned the more you listen, the more treats and head pats you get. Mom tells me I have to lead by example and hope that my brother will follow suit. I love him, but he never listens!”
Bandit: “You could say I am a curious canine. Whenever mom brings me to the office, I like to wander around for food and belly rubs. Mom thinks I rebel against her, but who doesn’t love treats and belly rubs? I should be looking up to Buddy as a mentor, but I am proud to be on a Permanent Performance Improvement Plan! With my big personality and mischievous ways, they tell me I am a rule breaker, but I like to keep things entertaining.
Food tends to get me into the most trouble. I’ve had my stomach pumped twice in 3 months. On Valentine’s Day, I stole an excessive amount of chocolate and ate it all. Mom wasn’t sure which one of us ate it, so they pumped both of our stomachs. Only I had eaten it though – sorry, Buddy! I can’t help it. I LOVE food, and I will stop at nothing to locate it, consume it quickly, and pretend I did nothing. If I get questioned, I give my sweet ‘what did I do’ look, and all is forgiven.”
Mom: Maura Richardson