One of the reasons Samantha Matte, her husband, and "Little Rascal," their 16-year-old Maine coon cat, moved to North Carolina from their native New England was to change their living arrangements.
"My husband and I have always been dog lovers," Samantha, Associate Buyer, Buying Services, at Replacements, Ltd., says, "but due to high costs in New England, buying a house was out of the question, and dogs were not permitted in the apartment where we lived. So we agreed we would get a puppy to help warm up our new home in North Carolina."
During a long journey from New England to the Triad to shop for a home in 2007, they visited the Guilford County Animal Shelter. "We visited all the dogs," Samantha says, "but two puppies tugged at our heartstrings. Their shelter names were 'Jennie Anne' and 'Jewel.' Pit bull/black Lab mixes brought into the shelter because of overcrowding, they were plump, 3-month-old puppies, hungry for love and attention. We visited for a while. When we left, they cried and yelped as we walked away."
Two months after their first visit to the Triad, Samantha and her husband closed on a home, and were ready to adopt. They decided that if Jennie Anne and Jewel were still at the shelter, they would adopt them both, so the two litter mates wouldn't be separated. "They were so adorable and playful when we first saw them," Samantha says, "we were surprised they both were still available. We decided to rename them 'Velma' and 'Daphne,' after characters in the cartoon, 'Scooby Doo.'"
After Samantha and her husband took the puppies to their new home, their individual personalities began to show. Samantha was surprised at how well the new names fit the dogs. "Velma is very outgoing, playful, curious, and sometimes a little mischievous," Samantha says. "Daphne is the opposite; she is quiet, shy, a Momma's girl. Sometimes she has a 'Princess Attitude' and doesn't want to get her feet wet or dirty. We sometimes call the two of them, 'the Girls.' They've been amazing additions to our lives - we couldn't imagine our home without them. Two years old now, they're big lap dogs who love watching 'Animal Planet,' taking long walks in the park, and occasionally romping in the mud!"
"Working at Replacements, Ltd. lets me spend more time with 'the Girls,' and I can't get enough of them," Samantha says of the Replacements, Ltd. pet-friendly policy. "I enjoy coming to work with them, and seeing all the other dog friends here. The pet-friendly policy at Replacements, Ltd. is one of a kind, and provides great stress relief, when you can snuggle, pet, or walk your faithful friend on a break or at lunch." Of her work experience at the company, Samantha says, "Replacements, Ltd. has been one of the best places I've ever had the opportunity to work. I feel this company has provided me with an environment to excel, succeed, and build a career."