Our Featured Pet this month is Aresia, a four-year-old cheagle (a chihuahua/beagle mix). Jonathan Walker, who works in the Replacements, Ltd. purchasing department, adopted Aresia while living near Phoenix, AZ. “I played with several dogs at the shelter, but I knew immediately that she was the one I wanted to take home,” Jonathan said. “I learned that she had been abandoned in the desert outside the city. Luckily, she was found in the spring, because many stray dogs do not survive the desert heat in the summer, which often goes over 110 degrees.”
Aresia has been with Jonathan for three and a half years, during which time she made the move with him from Arizona to North Carolina. “I am sure that she likes the milder weather here, but she still doesn’t seem sure what to think about snow!” Jonathan said. Being in North Carolina has definitely brought out her beagle side; she loves to patrol the neighborhood for squirrels and rabbits.
“We haven’t encountered many other cheagles,” Jonathan said. “As a result, her unique features catch everyone’s attention right away. You can’t help but want to meet her when you see her little chihuahua head somehow placed on her beagle body.” Young and old alike will often stop Jonathan and his partner to ask about her looks and breed when they have her out in public. “She has the best of both her breeds, and luckily for me, she did not inherit the barking of either breed!” Jonathan said.
Aresia loves coming to work with Jonathan, and her sweet personality endears her to almost everyone immediately. “She loves to visit with - and receive a good scratching from – my fellow employees that come by my desk,” Jonathan said. “She even loves to help me greet individuals that are coming in to sell items to Replacements.” When asked about Replacements’ pet-friendly policy, Jonathan said, “I am thrilled to work for a company that allows pets. I work ten-hour shifts, and it would be very difficult to exercise her and take care of her with such a schedule if I had to leave her at home. Truth be told, it is positively a joy for me to be able to bring her. If she stays with my partner, I miss her company. Having her with me at work makes it easier to deal with the routine, and even the not-so-routine, stresses of work.” When asked about working at Replacements in general, Jonathan said, “Replacements, Ltd, is a great company. I love what we do for our customers. I have the greatest respect for all that the company does for the community and its employees. I enjoy my work, and I am fortunate to be able to share my workday with my little one, Aresia.”