This month we are happy to feature not one but two pets, both belonging to a member of our Human Resources team, Tim Watson. Our first featured pet is “Reggie” a full-blooded pug, who is 4 years old. A friend of Tim’s knew someone that had a black pug that he could not keep because of an upcoming move. The pug’s name was Reggie. Tim’s friend, being a true pug lover, decided to adopt the pug. Unfortunately, her own pug and Reggie did not get along. She brought him to work and asked Tim if he might be interested in adopting Reggie. Tim’s partner had already told him that they could not have any more pets. Tim decided to take Reggie home for a “trial” run anyway. Tim’s other dog, “Jossie,” loved Reggie. Both Tim and his partner fell in love with Reggie, and he became part of the family.
Jossie is Tim's other dog. She is a 2-year old lab mix and was rescued by Tim’s son from a coastal North Carolina animal shelter. At the time, Jossie was about 7 weeks old. Tim’s son decided that he could not keep Jossie because of his hectic schedule. He knew that Tim works for a pet friendly company where there were many dog lovers. He asked Tim to check with his co-workers to see if a home could be found for Jossie. When Jossie arrived from the coast, she had a limp because of a recent injury. Tim told his son that he would nurse Jossie back to health and look to find her a new home. Jossie had to wear a cast for the next 12 weeks and her leg had to be covered in a plastic bag anytime she went out. During this time, Jossie came to work with Tim each day. Needless to say, after a few weeks of babying her and attending to her every need, Tim and his partner could not give her away. Jossie will turn two years old in July and is of course spoiled rotten!
I asked Tim, “What is the most fun part of being able to bring Jossie and Reggie to work?” He responded by saying, “I think having a pet friendly policy is more than just a benefit. It’s a testament of our owner’s commitment to continuing to make this one of the best places to work in the Triad as well as affirms his love for animals. I don’t bring them as much as I used to, but knowing that I can bring them whenever I want brings me a lot of comfort. Especially on days when I think one of them might need a little extra TLC.”