Boxers “Sabel,” “Harvey,” and “Diesel” live with Sara Vestal, manager of the Replacements, Ltd. china/crystal restoration department, and her partner. Two of the boxers, Sabel and Harvey, were actually born in the same litter. “We knew getting litter mates would be challenging,” Sara said. “We have taken a lot of care to make sure both develop their own personalities, bond with us, not be too dependent on each other, and have their own special time. It has been fun raising these spoilt babies.” In describing these siblings’ personalities, Sara said, “Sabel is sweet, with a clown hiding inside of her, while Harvey is all boy who can’t wait to get into some mischief.”
Diesel, a sealed, reversed brindle boxer, has found his best buddy in Harvey. “We did not intend on having three, but when we saw Diesel needed a home we could not turn him away,” Sara said. “He spent a lot of his first year and a half by himself in a crate, but in the last six months he has made up for lost time!” Both Diesel and Harvey are bigger than the standard boxer. “Both are lean and muscular as they should be, but taller than the average boxer,” Sara said. “Harvey weighs ninety pounds and Diesel weighs in at eighty-six pounds.” Sabel, by contrast, weighs in at a “measly” sixty-three pounds. Although Diesel looks like the one in charge, he is the biggest baby. “When he hears a scary noise, he jumps up in one of his moms’ laps – yes, all eighty-six pounds of him!” Sara said.
Harvey is the working dog of the group. “He insists on carrying whatever object I have in my hand when we are leaving work,” Sara said. “This includes umbrellas, keys, lunch boxes and pocketbooks.” Harvey’s job at home is to remove all toys, shoes, socks, or anything else on the floor to the backyard. He has even trained Diesel in this job so when he needs a few hours break, his brother can fill in! “Diesel will sometimes get confused and bring items from outside into the living room, but he is still in training,” Sara said.
All three dogs have many friends at Replacements, both canine and human. Sabel is a little leery of strangers outside of work, though. “I’m not sure when we taught her stranger danger,” Sara said. “She doesn’t like strangers to speak to her or approach. At work, she does not know a stranger. She loves to greet customers, and thinks the tour group has come to see her especially.”
Sara said, “Sabel, Diesel, and Harvey bring a lot of joy to my life, and I am very blessed to be able to bring them to work. Having one or two of them with me each day gives me the comfort of knowing they are okay, and allows me to concentrate on the work I need to accomplish.” When asked how she felt about Replacements, Ltd. in general, Sara said, “I feel very fortunate to work for a company who takes such good care of their employees and customers. Bob Page has created a very special combination here – a great place to work with great customer service. Bob’s dedication to these two items is echoed throughout the company. A lot of places try to boast about this, but I – along with Sabel, Harvey and Diesel – would challenge them to compete with Replacements.”