Boxer “Gus” lives with Sara Vestal, Replacements, Ltd. Manager, China/Crystal Restoration, and her partner, Beth Hutchens. Gus entered their lives through an October 1998 newspaper ad. “We were looking for a playmate for our beloved boxer, ‘Indigo,’” Sara said. “Indigo was energetic, but just seemed lonely.” When Sara and Beth answered the ad about a boxer for sale, the owners insisted on bringing Gus (formerly named “Tyson”) for a visit.
“When Gus arrived he was a ball of uncontainable energy,” Sara said. They ushered him out into the backyard to see how he would interact with Indigo. The two dogs played until well after dark. When they came inside and were fed, Indigo jumped up on her couch to settle in for the night. First, she looked at Sara and Beth, and then at Gus, as if she were saying, “That was fun, but isn’t it time for him to go home?” Needless to say, Indigo was in for a big surprise – Gus was there to stay.
Although Gus was full of energy, he came to Sara and Beth in pretty poor condition. “His back was not straight, his coat was dull and covered with fleas, he had no training, and worst of all,” Sara said, “he had heartworms.” All these conditions have been treated. Gus is now a picture of health and a very well-behaved eleven-year-old dog.
When Gus arrived in Sara and Beth’s household, in his eyes, Indigo could do no wrong. “We would give each of them bones, and Indigo would take Gus’s to lie on while she was chewing on hers,” Sara said. “He just accepted it. Later, he would ‘tell on’ Indigo when she took his bone.”
Sadly, Indigo passed away in March 2009. “She was the first large-breed dog to come to work at Replacements, Ltd.,” Sara said. “When we first brought her to work, we kept her back in the ‘stacks’ so she wouldn’t disturb the china or our co-workers. When Bob Page, the founder of the company, saw her in the back, he made arrangements so I could keep her by my side.” Indigo always recognized Bob’s voice and would start wagging her nub of a tail as soon as she heard him. “Sometimes when she got into mischief,” Sara said, “she would run to Bob, because he always took her side!”
After Indigo passed away, “Gus has been very depressed,” Sara said. “The only thing that lifts his spirit is to see another canine companion. Since we have a history of getting pets for our pets, Gus will soon be joined by two boxer pups, ‘Sable’ and ‘Harvey.’ Stay tuned, they may be featured pets one day!”
“Having Indigo here with me all day made her training so much easier,” Sara said of the Replacements, Ltd. pet-friendly policy. “And it helped relieve a lot of stress. I’ll always be grateful that Replacements, Ltd. let me have that time with Indigo. The pet policy embodies the way the company goes beyond the norm to look after its employees. Without the pet policy, we never would have enlarged our family with an additional canine member. It was easy to open our home to Gus, because we knew we would be able to take care of him 24/7. For him, that meant a second chance at life.”
“There are many reasons I choose to work at Replacements, Ltd.,” Sara said. “But being able to bring my pet to work is one of the top ones. Working at Replacements, Ltd. has allowed me to be a better person. I have learned so much about people, customer service, and being a good steward in the community.”