One of the more laid-back members of the Information Services staff at Replacements, Ltd. is “Ghost,” a pit bull owned by Jim Meredith, Information Technology Manager. Jim has worked at Replacements, Ltd. since 1992. While dogs and cats have always been part of his life, Jim didn’t take advantage of the Replacements, Ltd. pet-friendly policy until he adopted Ghost.
In May 2008, Jim noticed a dog lying on a grassy hill overlooking the road he drives every morning to work. “He looked like he was patiently waiting for his owner to return for him,” Jim said. “I hoped he hadn’t been abandoned. He was still there that evening when I drove home. When I brought food and water the next morning, I tried to get close enough to see if he had a collar and I.D. As I approached, he hopped up and ran away to a safe distance, then turned and barked at me. I could see he was a pit bull and decided not to push our relationship, but just to keep bringing him food and water.”
“Later that day,” Jim continued, “I contacted the SPCA. They had no room for him at the time and advised me to keep bringing him food and water. Our hope was that he would remain where I fed him, and he did. In late June, the SPCA intervened with Guilford County animal control, who agreed to leave Ghost alone for a few more days while we attempted to catch him. By then, a small community of rescuers had grown around Ghost, and I agreed to foster him until a permanent home could be found. One of the other rescuers had named him “Ghost” weeks earlier, because he’s nearly white in color, and would slip away into the nearby woods whenever she approached.”
June 9, 2008, was Ghost’s “gotcha day!” Late that afternoon, Jim and other rescuers took him food and water as usual, then sat down on the grass. “Ghost came over to visit,” Jim said, “and Tammy, one of the other rescuers, slipped a leash on him. He didn’t mind at all, and seemed very happy to hop into my van and ride home.”
Jim had already bonded with Ghost, but he was concerned about how the dog would be with his other pets and family, including his young daughter, Tia. “Once I saw how affectionate and gentle Ghost was with our other dog and our cats, and how affectionate he was with people,” Jim said, “I decided to adopt him. Ghost has been a member of our family ever since. A few months ago, I started bringing him to work, and he loves it. He spends most of his day napping. Between naps, he gets lots of attention from humans and other dogs at work, and he likes that. And, of course, he likes the treats people bring him.”
“I love working at Replacements, Ltd.,” Jim said. “It isn’t just that my co-workers are great to be around, and they are; but I am also proud to be part of a company with a heart. We give back to the community in many ways, but one of the best indicators of our character is the way we treat animals.”