“Charlee,” a six-year-old beagle, and “Mitzi,” a two-year-old shepherd mix, are the beloved pets of Steve Hyatt, a Pricing Analyst in the curating department at Replacements Ltd. “Charlee was just a lost little puppy when he wandered onto a softball field in my neighborhood,” Steve said. “During a practice on the field, Charlee became attached to my niece and her husband. They played with him during practice, and when the game started they took Charlee into the dugout with them. Whenever they left the dugout to play, Charlee kept running onto the field and interrupting the game! After the game my niece and her husband were the last to leave, and just couldn't leave this sweet little neglected puppy behind. So they took him home and cleaned him up.”
The next day, Steve’s niece called to ask if he wanted a beagle puppy that they found in his neighborhood. “I had heard about a beagle puppy wandering around but I had no interest in adopting another pet. At that time I had ‘
Duchess,’ and we were great companions,” Steve said. A year or so later, Steve’s niece and her husband had to relocate to another city and were unable to take all three of their pets, so Steve agreed to adopt Charlee. “He and Duchess were great companions, and loved going to work at Replacements,” Steve said.
Sadly, in November 2008, Duchess was diagnosed with renal failure. Two months later Steve had to say goodbye. “I could not have asked for a more beautiful ending of our ten year friendship, but nonetheless, her parting left me and Charlee sad and lonely,” Steve said. “Charlee was his usual sweet self when at work and around friends, but did not like to be left alone. When we were at home he seemed so sad. He stopped greeting me at the door, and slept most of the time.” Steve decided getting another pet would help fill the huge void left in his and Charlee’s lives. After nine months of searching, he found Mitzi at a local shelter. However, as he was filling out her adoption papers, Steve discovered Mitzi was surrendered by her previous owners because she was chewing up their furniture and could not be housebroken. Although given pause by this information, Steve decided to go ahead with the adoption. “It was too late – she reminded me so much of Duchess, and I was already attached,” Steve said.
It was not very long before Mitzi learned from Charlee and Steve to be a good girl – well, for the most part anyway. “Mitzi was able to jump the fence in my yard and ran away a few times chasing rabbits or bicyclers,” Steve said. “I always found her afraid and shaken. She finally realized she had a home and there was no reason to run away.” Steve traveled often last year, and Charlee and Mitzi loved going with him. They both enjoy visiting their cousins, including “
Edro,” our Featured Pet last month, who belongs to Steve’s sister, Cindy.
When asked about the pet-friendly policy at Replacements, Steve said, “I love having my pets with me at work – it’s a comfort to have them with me, and it helps me to build a strong bond with them. I have no partner or children so they are my family.” When asked about working at Replacements in general, Steve said, “I have worked for Replacements for almost sixteen years. We have people from all walks of life, and it is like a big extended family. I am gay and feel right at home here. It’s not like going to work – it's kind of like going to see your family every day.” Steve added, “Mitzi and Charlee feel the same way too!”