I love my job. Every workday, I go to a fun office with nice people who give me treats and play with my toys with me. That being said, sometimes I daydream about what it’s like to work at a dog-related company. Imagine getting to taste-test treats and try the dog toys before anyone else gets to? That’s what life is like for Shelby, the red tri Australian Shepherd at PetBox. She’s a model and product-tester. Sounds like office dog heaven!
Napa: What breed are you?
Shelby: I am a red tri Australian Shepherd, but I prefer to go by “Aussie,” mostly because the bigger word is hard to spell.
Napa: Tell me about PetBox.
Shelby: PetBox is a monthly subscription service for both dogs and cats. PetBox is the only subscription box for pets that gives you the option to CHOOSE what you want to pack. The best part is you can even pack dog and cat items in the SAME box! Although, I prefer not to have to share with anyone! With subscription plans starting as low as $7.95, everyone can afford PetBox!
Napa: Do you get to try out the PetBox goodies before they are mailed out? If so, do you have any favorites?
Shelby: Of course I do! I think that’s why they hired me. They wanted to make sure I liked all the treats, toys, and other goodies before we let everyone else’s pets try them! You won’t get a product unless it has been Shelby approved! I actually take stuff home for my cat brother Nubz to try to make sure all the kitties out there will enjoy our stuff, too. I may have eaten a cat treat or two myself!
Napa: How long have you been working there?
Shelby: I started modeling and product testing for PetBox almost a year ago! Time flies when you’re eating delicious treats!
Napa: What’s a typical day like in the PetBox office?
Shelby: Well, I have all the humans here really well trained! I make sure to bring them all my toys and in return they give me treats. I will actually continue to pile all the toys at someone’s desk until they give me a treat. It’s a super cool trick! Between eating treats and napping, my days are pretty jam packed with excitement. Some days, when my Mom takes her lunch break, we even get to go to the dog park down the street!
Napa: I’ll bet you have a lot of job responsibilities. What is it that you do?
Shelby: Well, I have been caught sleeping on the job a few times, but as long as I keep my Mom awake, I don’t think I’ll get in trouble. I occasionally answer phones and talk with my PetBox pals to tell them about my favorite products, but I usually leave that to the owners. My most important job is testing all of our products. I make sure the treats taste delicious and the toys are PAWesome!
Napa: Whose desk do you sit under most often?
Shelby: Well my doggy bed is under my Mom’s desk, but I actually prefer to sit on her chair behind her. In meetings I will actually sit in my own chair. BUT if someone is giving me treats I will definitely lay closer to them.
Napa: When you get bored around the office (in between important tasks), how do you keep busy?
Shelby: Mom has a few different puzzle balls she gives me, so when I get bored I will just put the ball on her lap and she will fill it up for me – humans are SOOOO easy to train. I also take lots of naps. Naps are my favorite!
Napa: What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten around the office (even if you weren’t supposed to)?
Shelby: I learned this cool trick all on my own. I started picking up the bags of treats around the office and bringing them to my mom. With each bag I brought to her, I would get a treat! Then I found the box of the Aussie Naturals Buffalo Ears, I would pick those up and instead of taking them to my Mom, I would go under her desk and eat them. There was one day when I ate THREE!!!
Napa: What’s your favorite funny dog video?
Shelby: My favorite videos are the ones where the cats get scared and fly into the air! YouTube is the perfect place to look for these!
Napa: What is one office task that you’re not allowed to do, but you’d secretly love to do?
Shelby: I would love to perform daily taste testing on each of our treats!
Napa: Share a funny story.
Shelby: This one time, my mom was getting me and my #monstercat brother ready for bed. She thought we were both inside and following her upstairs, so she had closed his window to keep us inside for the night. All of the sudden there was a loud noise and we both realized the #monstercat was outside and he had jumped straight into the window. I rolled on my back and was almost crying because I was laughing so hard! With any other cat, I might have felt bad, but my #monstercat brother is really mean to me, so it was hilarious!
Napa: If you could tell your human co-workers anything, what would it be?
Shelby: I would tell them they need to get a little better at sharing their lunch with me!
Napa: Can you share any advice for other office dogs?
Shelby: I highly recommend finding a pet related business to work for, I don’t think I could be any more spoiled! I get to go to work with my Mom AND I am surrounded by treats and toys EVERY DAY! Also, make sure you know their method of payment. Dogs shouldn’t work for free – I do a lot of taste testing and get well-deserved compensation. I get to paw-pack a PetBox for both me and my cat brother Nubz each month! From what I have heard, I have one of the best doggy jobs out there!
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