This month, we feature “Baxter,” a 14-year-old miniature dachshund who belongs to Scott Fleming, President of Replacements, Ltd. Baxter was born on December 21, 1997 to parents Toby Lee and Trudy Mae, one of the puppies in their very first litter. Toby Lee belongs to Replacements, Ltd. founder and CEO Bob Page, as did Trudy Mae (sadly, she has since passed away).
“I was not initially looking for a dog,” Scott said, “but Bob Page is known to be pretty persistent, and eventually ‘convinced’ me that I should have one of his puppies!” Amy Cox (currently a member of the Replacements’ development team) was Bob’s assistant at the time, and she selected Baxter for Scott. “She chose him because he was the smallest in the litter, and also because of the mark on his chest,” Scott said. Baxter eventually grew from the smallest in the litter to the largest, aided in no small part by his human friends at Replacements.
According to Scott, Baxter is truly happiest at work when he’s trolling the halls in search of treats and affection. “He has been known to bark from time to time in order to get his treats,” Scott laughs. Since Kim Staley, executive assistant to the President, trained Baxter to jump over the small barriers in the doorways of the offices, he has learned new ways to forage for his treats. “Of course Jack Whitley, [Senior Vice President, E-Commerce], makes it even easier,” Scott said. “Often times before Baxter even eats his breakfast at work, he makes a beeline for Jack’s office to get his Cheez-Its!”
When asked about the Replacements, Ltd. pet-friendly policy, Scott said, “The workplace is certainly transformed by our four-legged friends - they bring a sense of warmth and adventure that would otherwise be missing. While I’m proud of many of the innovative and diverse employment practices in place at Replacements, there is no policy that receives as much acclaim as the ability to bring your pet to work.”
Scott added, “For me personally, there’s no way I could have a dog without being able to bring him to work. Baxter has a wonderful life with his Replacements’ family. He sees his dad and sister every day, and until just a short while ago, his mother too. Throw in his human friends, and work is play for Baxter!”