“Mandy” is a ten-year-old bichon frise who lives with Cheryl Gore, an imaging specialist in the Replacements, Ltd. imaging department. Despite her furry coat and four legs, Cheryl’s not sure Mandy even knows she’s a dog, since she has never been treated like one! “She actually has her own staff that includes her mom – me – and her maw maw and paw paw,” Cheryl said.
At home, Mandy participates in a variety of activities. “She loves to play ball,” Cheryl said, “and she has her staff trained to fetch the ball and wait on her every need.” Mandy has also developed a specific daily routine around a stuffed rat that she has had since she was a puppy. Cheryl said, “After Mandy has breakfast, she gets her rat, gives it a bath, takes it for a walk around the house, and then puts it to bed.” Mandy also performs this same routine after supper at night. According to Cheryl, “The rat is not to be played with!”
In her younger days, Mandy used to come to work with Cheryl on a regular basis. “When I worked in the phone center where there is a lot of activity, Mandy would come to work and sit on my desk when I would go to lunch or go to a meeting,” Cheryl said. “But now she is older and prefers having her staff take care of her at home!” Even though Mandy stays at home most of the time, Cheryl is still able to enjoy the Replacements pet policy. “If we’re feeling stressed, we can always rub one of our furry friends,” Cheryl said.