Shanna McClanahan, Executive Assistant, CIO, at Replacements, Ltd., had a special gift for her husband, Adam, Christmas 2003. Snoozing under the Christmas tree in the couple’s High Point home, with a big red bow tied on his neck, was a little puppy rescued all the way from rural South Carolina!
“After several discussions with Adam about a dog,” Shanna said, “I decided to surprise him. I searched the local humane societies and the internet for months. I was becoming discouraged, until I saw a picture of this puppy with the biggest ears, most adorable face, and absolutely hilarious underbite. I fell in love with the little guy right then!”
When Shanna called the number on the listing, she reached the Humane Society in McCormick County, SC. Shanna learned that a litter of 6 puppies (believed to be dachshund/beagle mixes) had been rescued by the society’s president from under a condemned house in an isolated area. The pups had been abandoned by their mother and were nearly dead. After hearing the remarkable story of the pups’ struggle to survive and all that the Humane Society official had done to save them, Shanna knew she had to adopt one.
“We set up a time to meet the following Saturday,” Shanna said. “I drove to South Carolina with my daughter, Siann, to pick up our newest family member. He fit into the palms of my hands and nuzzled up to my neck to kiss me before he fell asleep on my shoulder!” The puppy slept on Shanna’s lap during the drive back to North Carolina. “That afternoon, when my husband came home, there he was, with his big red bow, asleep under the Christmas tree!”
Shanna and Adam spent hours on the internet looking for a name for the puppy. “When we found ‘Brodie,’ we agreed that was it. Brodie liked it, too, because when he heard the name, he cocked his head and pricked up his ears!” Although he’s not a puppy any longer, Brodie still enjoys his sleep, usually on the back of the couch or under the covers of the McClanahans’ bed. “At night, when we’re relaxing on the couch,” Shanna said, “he takes turns cuddling with each of us!”
About 2 years ago, Shanna’s second pet, (Lab/coon hound/shepherd mix) “Delilah” (originally named “Cocoa”), came up for adoption through a coworker at a part-time job Shanna held at the time. Due to circumstances, the coworker could no longer keep her dog and her family was unable to help. “We couldn’t let Cocoa go to the shelter,” Shanna said, “but we weren’t sure we could manage another dog, since we had a 1-year-old child, Ireland.” But before Shanna could offer to adopt Cocoa, another coworker did. He gave Cocoa a new name, Delilah, but soon realized that the expense of a pet put too much strain on his college student’s budget. “I had told him that if anything changed his mind, to please call me first,” Shanna said. “When I got that call, Adam and I decided we should first do a trial week. We wanted to make sure that Delilah would get along with our kids and with Brodie – he’s territorial! But we all fell in love with her Cleopatra-like eyes. And she’s quite the lady – she always lies down with her paws crossed!”
Delilah seemed “lazy” when she arrived, and the McClanahans discovered that even though she was more than 6 months old, she had received no veterinary care – she was infested with worms and fleas. After a few days, Shanna took her to the vet. “We got her started on the right track to being healthy.” Delilah came to life. “She can outplay every member of our family, including our now 3-year-old daughter, Ireland,” Shanna said, “and she seems to have brought Brodie some youth, too.”
“While I may not bring Brodie and Delilah with me to work regularly,” Shanna said, “it’s nice knowing that I can. There have been days when they may not feel well or I may be feeling some stress – bringing them with me to work has made all the difference. It has helped with their socialization and, just like with kids, they get excited about going to work with Mommy! Of course, the treats and attention offered around every corner aren’t too shabby, either!”
Shanna feels that the Replacements, Ltd., pet-friendly policy helps boost employee morale and lessens stress. “Coming to work and seeing coworkers with their wonderful animals provides a family-oriented welcome to employees and to customers,” Shanna said. “Replacements, Ltd., is a unique company in many ways, and the pet-friendly policy is the icing on the cake!”