Have you ever been to an animal shelter? I feel very fortunate, because I’ve never needed to go to one, but many of my friends had to stay at animal shelters – some even multiple times! I’ve been trying to get in touch with an animal shelter I admired, and when I found out PAWS Atlanta even promoted some of their shelter animals to office workers, I knew this was the place! Meet Wick, a multicultural office pup who is in need of adoption. This gal is a hard-worker with a positive spirit who is in need of a forever home. If you’re looking for the best furry friend you could find, I suggest contacting PAWS Atlanta to learn about Wick and the other available dogs.
Napa: What breed are you?
Wick: I am a Pit Bull/Terrier mix, with a smidgen of Boxer, Lab and maybe some other stuff thrown in. My coat is brindle, like a chocolate milkshake mixed with caramel. I am pretty. I am also beautiful. You should see me, Napa. I am glorious!
Napa: Tell me more about working at PAWS Atlanta. I’d love to learn more about the organization.
Wick: PAWS Atlanta is a super cool place to work! You would like it. We are the oldest no-kill rescue in Georgia. We rescue both dogs and cats. (Frankly, I think cats are a little sketchy, but there you go.) Last year, we helped more than 600 homeless pets find a good home. We pull dogs from swamped metro Atlanta shelters and take in those being surrendered by their humans. We also offer low-cost medical care and spay and neuter surgeries.
Napa: What is a typical day like in the PAWS Atlanta office?
Wick: Well, I do a lot! I’m not sure how they managed without me, frankly. I greet the human visitors, mostly by looking longingly at them. I answer the phones, usually by knocking them off the desk onto the floor. I like to peruse my lady-staffer friends’ purses. They leave them on the floor – or they used to – hahahaha, ladies! When my coworkers seem sad or stressed, I will lean against them or roll over and allow them to rub my belly. This seems to help.
Napa: Whose desk do you sit under most often?
Wick: I sit under the front desk. It’s near the treat jar. There is an office cat here. Did I tell you that, Napa? Her name is Sade, like the singer. She usually doesn’t like dogs, but she likes me. I will play-bow in front of her, and sometimes she will rub noses with me! I love her!
Napa: When you get bored around the office (in between important in the office tasks), how do you keep busy?
Wick: I like to get into mischief. I think of it as “exploring.” I usually work a half-day. That frees me up for important stuff like swimming in our baby pools and chasing tennis balls.
Napa: What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten around the office (even if you weren’t supposed to)?
Wick: One time I got my head stuck in my coworker Laura’s purse. It looked like I had a football helmet on. I didn’t know what to do, so I charged across the room and bumped into the wall. Everything fell out. She had some good stuff in there. I ate two of her wallets, her checkbook, and her lip balm. I found the lip balm delightful, but the wallet and checkbook were a little dry for my taste.
Napa: Where are you from? What’s your favorite trait about the area you live in?
Wick: I am a Georgia peach! I love the South because people speak slowly, and they like dogs.
Napa: If you could tell your human co-workers anything, what would it be?
Wick: I would tell them to leave their purses on the floor, please. Oh, and to keep the belly rubs coming. And good job, y’all!
Napa: Can you share any advice for other office dogs?
Wick: I would say show up for work on time. This is easy for me because my bed is in the office. Also, do not bark when your coworker is trying to talk on the phone. They’re sensitive about that, for some reason.
Napa: How did you feel when you were promoted to office dog?
Wick: I was really proud! I come from humble beginnings, Napa. Laura, my coworker whose purse became accidentally lodged on my head like a helmet, found me on the streets with one of my babies. I was exhausted and so hungry – you wouldn’t believe it. Laura was the first person to show me real kindness. She took me home and fostered me until a space opened up at PAWS Atlanta.
Napa: What type of forever family are you looking for?
Wick: I am not picky. What I want most is kindness, I guess. I am a real sucker for kindness.
Napa: What’s one thing you’d love humans to know about animal shelters?
Wick: I would tell humans that shelter pets are not broken. We are resilient. We are like pirates and adventurers, with amazing stories to tell. We would love the chance to whisper them in your ear. We would love the chance to prove ourselves. I would tell them to please consider rescuing or adopting a shelter pet. If they cannot adopt, I would tell them to foster a shelter pet or volunteer or drop off supplies at their local shelter. I would tell them, “You could be someone’s hero.”
Wow, Wick, you’re a real hero to me. Thank you PAWS Atlanta for allowing her to interview with me!
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