Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 27, 2013

Fuzzy co-workers: Pets at work perform important roles too

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — For a small business owner, having a pet at work is one of those luxuries that most big corporations can’t offer. Pets bring companionship, entertainment, and even good public relations to a business place that can’t be beat, and all for the price of a bag of food, no paid benefits necessary.

Baby Girl, Roy French’s Texaco

Roy French has almost always had a cat on duty at his Second Avenue Texaco, one of which lived there for 19 and a half years.

“We’ve had three cats, all named Baby Girl,” French said. The current incarnation of Baby Girl is a calico.

The third Baby Girl showed up pregnant and hungry at the station shortly after the second one passed away, but before she could be spayed she had a litter of kittens. Four of the five kittens lived, and all were adopted out.

Now, Baby Girl III enjoys her work at the station, greeting customers with royal dignity, and scratching up the furniture.

“We got her a scratching post, but she prefers scratching on the chairs,” French said, smiling fondly. “I’m going to have to get metal chairs.”

Baby Girl doesn’t leave the station, but employees come by on Saturday and Sunday to check on her, refill her food and water bowls, and clean out the litter box.

“This one here’s so friendly,” French said.

Killer Daisy, RockPile Stone and Nursery

Killer Daisy fell out of the sky to end up at the landscaping business on South 287.

Operations Manager Barrett Wortham figures the cat was dropped by a hawk he’d seen in the area, the tiny grey and white kitten had claw marks in her back, and the top of its head was bloody and bald.

After a lengthy game of keep-away, Wortham was able to nab the little fuzzball before she darted into traffic, and brought her into the office.

“She was smaller than my stapler,” recalled Tracey Futral, bookkeeper.

The feral cat took awhile to adjust, and spent those first few weeks in a state of fight or flight, either snuggling up to the office staff, or biting at them. Hence the name: Killer Daisy.

“She was trying to kill me and Tracey,” Wortham said. “We were just trying to save her.”

Like any kitten, Killer Daisy is curious, feisty and funny. She enjoys interacting with both the staff and customers, and likes lunchtime best of all, because she gets to share.

“She’s definitely brought a lot of joy here,” Futral said.

Toby and Clyde, TriSun Care Center

Toby, the English retriever, and Clyde the chinchilla, work at TriSun, the nursing home on West Highway 22. Toby comes to work each day with his owner Julie Glaze, director of therapy, and Clyde lives at the center.

“Clyde is pet therapy. The residents look at him and pet him. He doesn’t bite, and he’s really, really soft. He’s cute,” Glaze said. “Toby comes once or twice a week.”

Toby is working on getting his certification as a therapy pet and Julie is working on her pet assisted therapist certification, so they can go into hospitals, children’s wards and nursing homes.

“He’s been coming since he was a puppy and the patients want him to be here,” Glaze said. “They get to pet him. He’s very loving. Pets just seem to brighten their day, whether it’s a part of therapy or or he just goes to visit them.”

Clyde is an unusual pet for a nursing home, since most tend to offer fish or caged birds. But like all chincillas, the selling point for Clyde is his luxuriously soft fur.

“They’re more for peopel who live to have them around,” Glaze said. “It’s just a bright spot in their day for the people who live here. A lot of them had to give up their pets, so this is a good distraction for them.”

Jetta, Rogers Animal Care Clinic

Although not technically someone’s pet, Jetta the blood donor dog at Rogers Animal Care Clinic, would like to be.

Jetta is a black lab who was rescued from the local animal shelter in 2007, she was born in 2005. Extremely playful, friendly, active, healthy, and very well-maintained, since she has a full-time staff waiting on her. She loves other dogs and kids, and is leash-trained, according to Allison Jordan, with Rogers.

Wolfie and Missy, Green Tree Pecan Company in Powell

Wolfie, the Australian Shepherd mix, was rescued from the Corsicana Animal Shelter two years ago, and she wanders faithfully around the heels of owner Dennis Bancroft. Shy and sweet, she naps on the shelves beneath mountains of bagged pecans, or under Bancroft’s desk in the office.

Missy is an ancient Chihuahua that was thrown out near Bazette. Several years ago, the Bancroft’s chiweenie dog was stolen and the search was on for her, but to no avail. A resident of Bazette called to say they found a little black dog out near their barn, and although it wasn’t their dog, it needed a home and they needed a dog, so it was love. Missy hangs out near the counter, allowing people to occasionally pet her, but still very much her own dog, although she will dance for attention both from family and strangers.


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