This month we feature “Dios,” a four-month-old golden retriever puppy who is the newest addition to Brad Newton’s family. Brad is a member of our Online Marketing team who has been with Replacements since December of 1996. “My partner and I were looking for a playmate for our 8-year-old black lab, ‘Zeus,’ and our 10-year-old golden retriever, ‘Cooper,’” Brad said. “We heard that Triad Golden Retriever Rescue had just acquired a litter of pups. Dios was the last pup left.” Brad and his partner were first interviewed by phone, and then an in-home visit was scheduled by the foster mom and another volunteer for a Friday afternoon. “It was love at first sight,” Brad said. “We signed the papers that night, and Dios had found himself a home.”
Having Zeus and Cooper as his older brothers quickly helped Dios fall into a routine. “We have had very few accidents in the house,” Brad said. “Dios loves playing in his new backyard, he looks forward to his three daily walks, and he sleeps through the night.” Brad says that everyone who meets Dios is impressed by how happy and well adjusted he is. “He loves to meet new people and other dogs. I think the only complaints you’ll hear are from our elderly cats, ‘Figaro’ and ‘Stella.’ Dios loves and really wants to play with them, but I’m not so sure they feel the same way about him. At least the hissing has stopped... they just ignore him now.”
When asked what he liked most about Replacements pet-friendly policy, Brad tells this story, “The Monday after we adopted Dios, one of our employees found three skinny, malnourished puppies at a busy intersection. She was able to get the pups into her car and brought them to Replacements.
Margaret Elliott agreed without hesitation to take one. Two other employees gave the remaining pups a bath, pictures were taken with cell phones, word spread through the building, e-mail, and Facebook, and by the end of the day all of the pups had found a home. The fact that so many people would take a few minutes out of their schedules on a hectic Monday morning to provide care and tenderness to these frightened and shivering little souls literally brought tears to my eyes. When the last pup found a home at the end of the day, I saw several people shed a tear or two. I think that really says something about the character of our employees and the values of this company.”