Featured Pet - December 2003
This holiday season, we feature a neat Replacements pet (and owners!) Charlene Singletary and West Cooper have been affianced to each other for two years. Both are part of the Replacements team, and each day they bring to work with them their black lab, Montana.
Montana is now five years old. He was given to West and Charlene by a coworker when he was five weeks old. Montana was born the runt of the litter, but now weighs 90 pounds. After Charlene and West brought Montana home, he quickly displayed an affinity for tennis balls and sticks. Charlene notes that she often finds West and Montana wrestling with each other.
Charlene notes that she and Montana formed an especially close bond when she injured her eye once. Due to the accident, Charlene was unable to see. Montana realized that something was wrong and went immediately to Charlene’s side. Montana then led Charlene back to the house where she was able to call for help. Montana refused to leave Charlene’s side until her family arrived to help.
Bringing Montana to work each day has forged an even stronger bond between he and Charlene. Montana is a graduate of obedience school, and provides wonderful company throughout the day. Charlene and West take Montana out for walks each day during breaks and lunch, and Charlene has commented that having Montana at work with her is a great reducer of stress. “Hugging Montana is like hugging my favorite teddy bear as a child – he just makes me feel better!”
Charlene says that were it not for Replacements’ pet friendly policy she would not have Montana today. “At the time that we accepted Montana, we lived in a one bedroom apartment. This apartment was just too small to leave him there all day. We would not have been able to accept Montana had it not been for Replacements’ pet friendly policy.” Charlene, West, and Montana are obviously very lucky to have each other, night and day!
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