“Nadja” is an eleven-and-a-half-year-old german shepherd who first started coming to Replacements, Ltd. in 2000 with her owner Wendy Comstock, manager of china-crystal & manufacturers inventory. Nadja was a Christmas gift from Wendy’s husband, who was attending massage school and working nights back in 2000. “He didn’t want to leave me home alone, so he got an eight-week-old puppy we named Nadja, meaning ‘Hope,’” Wendy said. Nadja came to work daily with Wendy until about 2005. “That’s when she decided she would rather be a couch potato and sleep all day rather than go to work!” Wendy said. Until that point, however, Nadja loved coming to work and hanging out with co-workers and friends. She really enjoyed getting treats from everyone as well.
Wendy had a baby in 2005 who loves Nadja. “Nadja would allow the baby to poke in-between her toes, pull her ears and fur, and stick her hand in Nadja’s mouth to check out all those teeth. All the while, Nadja would just sit there and let her explore,” Wendy said. Once Nadja had had enough, she would just lick the baby, stand up, and walk away. Wendy said, “She has always been the gentle protector of the family and house.”
Nadja grew up with two other siblings, “Man Boy,” a black cat who ruled the house, and “Lady Cat,” who liked to live in the walk-in closet (literally); both have since passed on. This past Christmas, a new family member was introduced: “Priya,” meaning “Beloved.” “Nadja has welcomed Priya into the family,” Wendy said, “but Priya is still not sure of what to think of her large, older, furry sister!”
According to Wendy, Nadja is aging well, but has lost most of her hearing, and her hips and joints don’t work like they used to. She is still perky for being almost twelve years old, and will still fetch a ball. “She is well loved by her family,” Wendy said.
When asked about working at Replacements in general, Wendy said she is spoiled with the culture of diversity here. “I still hear stories of discrimination from others outside of Replacements, and I am shocked to hear things like that still go on,” Wendy said. “I look forward to reaching my fifteen- and twenty-year mark with the company, like so many others who have worked here.”
When asked about the Replacements, Ltd. pet-friendly policy, Wendy said, “Replacements made it possible for us to have Nadja as part of our family. Had I not been able to take her to work, we might not have gotten her. The pet-friendly environment lowers stress and allows us to share our four-legged family members. There are a few dogs that come every day that will come by and give you a nice dose of love – you can’t beat that!”