DOG OF THE MONTH – July 2012

Meet Ally

We adopted Ally from a local rescue group called PUPS: People United for Pets. They are based in Issaquah, and we had a few dogs that we were interested in. PUPS had an adoption fair at the Kirkland Petco, and we fell in love with our Ally on Feb. 19th, 2012. She became part of our forever family that day, and has been a wonderful companion to us every since.

Ally is 2-3 years old, and is a funny mix of whippet, terrier, and we think a little bit of beagle. She has super long legs, but is only 20 pounds. That girl can run! She loves to scamper after her ball, and is eager to please us with her commands. We’re working on getting her to stay when someone comes to the door… she’s already queen of the house, so that’s a big one to work on!

We can’t say enough good things about PUPS. They rescue lots of dogs, and especially small dogs, from high-kill shelters. Ally was in a foster home with a loving family (who gave her her name) for about a week before we adopted her. During that time, she was spayed and thoroughly checked out by a vet. The volunteers and foster families treat the dogs with love and care until they can be adopted.

PUP Dog Rescue – check them out!

 

Employee of the Month – June 2012

Red Merle Curran!
Deputy Dog loves the sun…unfortunately her fair skin doesn’t. So what did she do instead?

    

Kristi is off to sunny California for a wedding. What better way for a fair-skinned Seattle-ite to get a little color than to visit the spray tan booth? Too bad it didn’t go better. Deputy Dog is officially a Red Merle!  Congrats Kristi on trying something new and having a good laugh about an experiment gone wrong. WOOF!

Dog of the Month – June 2012

Meet Bo and Bea!

Meet Lord Harrington’s Bodacious Beauregard and Beefeaters Buxom Beatrice; also known as Bo and Bea, respectively.  They are both English Bulldogs but you’ll never meet a duo more different from each other. Bo is an athletic, carefree surfer boy, always ready for the next adventure.  Bea is a neurotic, loving chubby little fuss-budget who’s favorite thing in the world is to ride around, perched on the front of the shopping cart at Home Depot. (Think Leo DiCaprio on the bow of Titanic and you’ll know how she rolls; she’s the “Queeeeen of Home Deeepooot!) Bea’s birthday is St Patrick’s Day so here they are, all dressed up for the occasion.

 

Employee of the Month – May 2012

Snazzy Kristi prepares the office for a WEBENC inspection!

We now have our WEBENC certification – WOOF!

 

What’s that, you ask?  The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC  is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations.

 

For our certification site visit, Deputy Dog chose to forgo her standard shorts and flip-flop office attire in favor of a little black dress!  She even wore make-up and only swore once during the entire site visit.  And to prove that a dress does not hinder her from being a true Deputy, she vacuumed the entire office and posed for these pictures as proof.  WOOF!

Dog of the Month – May 2012

Charlie Mooch Glennon was born at Circle M Farms in Colony Oklahoma in November 2007.  His Mom and Dad are purebred Australian Shepherds, true working dogs who spend their days herding cows, prize quarter horses and lots of little humans.

Charlie came to Seattle at the end of 2007 to live with his current Mommy. At five months Charlie began herding other dogs at the dog park. He nips and nudges his housemate kitty, into corners, off the bed and away from the holy kitchen.

Charlie loves to play soccer and can destroy a tennis ball in 7 seconds flat. His favorite activity is swimming. He loves to fetch logs, the bigger the better! Charlie is quite intelligent and he and his best friend Buddy Curran are excellent fence security testers. If there’s a hole, they’ll find it.

Charlie is a red merle with beautiful blue eyes and bubble gum tongue. He is often referred to as the “pretty girl dog” and he always accepts the misgendered compliments with grace. He is a cuddly love who is content to just be with his people all the time.

Ginger takes a carrot break, nom!

Ginger, The Enforcer at ZippyDogs, just loves her some carrots! She holds them straight up and begins to crunch and chomp – nom nom!  She is a pro, but she let’s Jagger do the clean up when she is done. (Clean up is beneath her).

Dog of the Month – April 2012

       

      

 

Name – Breia Angelina Pasonno Gabor Gauthier

Age – A true lady never divulges her age

Hobbies – Hobbies are beneath Breia.  She does enjoy dominating all the other beings in her world, including her human, Glenn.  In addition, she is obsessed with getting the ball.

Breia was born a diva and continues to amaze and delight her owner, who feels he is more handsome with her on the end of a leash.  Breia lives the life of luxury, with an eclectic art-filled home and leopard print bed.  Although considered the “mean girl dog” on the playground, she is never viscous – she simply lets all the other dogs know she is in charge. Period.

A pure-bred Belgian Tervuren, Briea is incredibly smart, has a wonderful personality, and her smile will stop you in your tracks! Of her many talents, most entertaining is watching her find her human’s cell phone and bringing it to him when it rings.  Briea also enjoys evening cookies and cocktails on the patio. WOOF!

Top Dog is Winning!

Elise is smart

 

Elise Lindborg, Top Dog at ZippyDogs recently learned she was chosen by the National Gay, Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) to receive a full scholarship to the highly regarded executive education course at Dartmouth College. The Tuck Executive Education Minority Business Program runs November 11-16, 2012 at Dartmouth College in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

 
The curriculum of the Tuck business program covers strategy and implementation, analysis of financial statements, managing the customer asset, building strategic alliances and leadership skills. Students will graduate from the week long program with a well-stocked business development toolkit, as well as a strong network of support and potential partners.

 
“Over the past twelve years we have built ZippyDogs organically, through word of mouth, excellent service and networking.” Lindborg said “Local networking can only get us so far and I am looking forward to learning from the pros on how to develop and implement strategic growth plans. Business skills have been learned through trial and error and now through the Tuck Executive Education Program I have a fantastic opportunity to take ZippyDogs to the next level. I cannot begin to express my gratitute to the NGLCC’s for this scholarship! WOOF!”

 
Click here to learn more about the Tuck Executive Education Minority Business Programs at Dartmouth.

 
About the NGLCC:
The NGLCC is the business advocate and direct link between LGBT business owners, corporations and government. The NGLCC represents the interests of more than 1.4 million LGBT-owned businesses in the United States and is the umbrella organization for 61 state, local and international LGBT chambers of commerce and business organizations. www.nglcc.org

 

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH – March 2012

   

For the 3rd year in a row, Kelli Henderson, Chili Dog dominated the sales competition at ZippyDogs. “At one point during the year, another sales person was within $591.32 of taking over my lead” said Ms. Henderson. “It was touch and go throughout the year however, I rallied and sold $20K worth of T-shirts in late December, therefore crushing the competition”. Ms. Henderson has won the coveted antique Barbie Doll trophy that spins and plays Moon River at sporadic times – especially late at night when a person is alone in the office. Ms. Henderson won Sales Person of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Top Dog, Elise Lindborg declined to be interviewed for this announcement but did say as she walked away “Whatever”.

Congratulations Kelli. ZippyDogs salesperson of the year 2011! WOOF!

 

An Amazing Testimony to the Power of Small Business

Elise Lindborg, Top Dog at ZippyDogs is often speaking about the importance of supporting your local small business.  Did you know for every $1 you spend at a local Seattle business, .70 cents stays in Seattle – whereas only .30 cents stays in Seattle if you purchase from an out of state or online promotional products company? Supporting local businesses is great for our economy”.

Well, here is another good reason to work with small business – check out this article by the Counselor PromoGram.

Small Businesses Power February Job Gains
A new report shows small businesses drove better-than-expected hiring gains in the private sector of the U.S. economy in February, continuing the positive labor trends of recent months. The study from Automatic Data Processing Inc. and the consultancy Macroeconomic Advisors revealed that private industry added 216,000 jobs last month. The tally bested the estimates of economists, who had variously predicted an employment rise of 208,000 to 215,000.

Businesses that employ fewer than 50 people spurred the increase, adding 108,000 new workers. Meanwhile, businesses with more than 500 people took on 20,000 employees, and medium-size companies swelled their ranks by 88,000. Last month, the service sector added 170,000 jobs, and factories bolstered staffs by 21,000. “This does suggest we are moving in the right direction,” Beth Ann Bovino, senior U.S. economist at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services in New York, told CNBC. “The jobs numbers are looking healthier.”

In more positive employment news, ADP revised its January figures to show that payrolls increased by 173,000 positions, better than the 170,000 initially reported. On Friday, the federal government will release a more comprehensive employment report that covers private and public sector job creation in February. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires expect the government’s report to show that total non-farm payrolls rose by 213,000 last month.

 

Counterfeit Apparel Rings Busted

ZippyDogs found this story to be quite interesting and wanted to share with our readers.

Counterfeit apparel and footwear was at the center of what federal authorities say was one of the largest smuggling busts in United States history. More than 29 people were charged with trying to sneak $325 million worth of bogus UGG boots, Nike sneakers and Louis Vuitton handbags through a New Jersey Port.

The alleged smugglers are accused of using the stolen identities of legitimate importers and false documents to usher shipping containers packed with knockoffs through the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal in Elizabeth, NJ. Operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the port annually handles more than 2.5 million containers containing more than $100 billion in goods and is the largest container port on the East Coast.

“The cost of counterfeit goods is not limited to massive financial harm to American businesses and consumers,” said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. “Criminals can exploit the same channels to import other material that threatens our health and safety. We remain dedicated, through global, inter-agency cooperation and long-term investigations like this one, to ensuring that criminals who see the ports as a gateway to America’s black market instead face American justice.”

The 23 people arrested during the Friday sting included individuals from China, Taiwan, New York, New Jersey and Texas. The investigations, started in 2008 and 2009, revealed there were two overlapping smuggling rings moving the fake goods into the U.S., authorities said.

 

This article is from the Counselor Promogram.

Dog of the Month – March 2012

MILO

Milo was a found stray in a field in southern California at about 8 weeks old and taken to a high kill shelter.  He was rescued by the wonderful people at Saving Paws of Washington where we found him and he found us.  We fell in love with his little face online and it was all over.  He’s now adjusting to his new forever home wonderfully.  He loves people and other dogs and is such a sweet boy.  We’re all looking forward to many years of playing together!

Age- 3.5 months

Hobbies – Learning everything about being in a new home

Visit Milo’s Face book page at:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003581872512

Prepare to be addicted to this furkid!

Six Myths About Going Green

By John Veach
November-December 2011

Generally, consumers are aware of the need to conserve our natural resources and to reduce the wasteful exploitation of our valuable energy supply. But we have not as an industry communicated to our customers the satisfying benefits of personally participating in the war on waste. We tend to complicate the matter with an overabundance of conflicting information. By conveying one simple idea – the need to end the addiction to waste – we can emotionally connect with our clients and know that we (and they) are making a difference. To get there, we must overcome the myths associated with going green.

Myth #1: I alone can’t make a difference.

This is the most obvious myth. Great journeys start with the first step, worldwide changes begin with a single thought in one person’s mind, and on and on. It takes approximately six reprocessed two-liter plastic bottles to make one knit shirt. That is an exceptionally easy message to convey: One shirt purchased by one person can save six plastic bottles from being discarded into our landfills! Now keep multiplying that, and you can see the huge amount of waste that can be eliminated. One person can make a difference.

Myth #2: Recycled products will only produce low-grade attire.

Not true. Post-consumer recycled polyester – which comes from polyethylene terephthalate, or recycled PET, can produce 100% poly knit polo and crew-neck shirts and can be used in fabric blends with organic cotton. Many manufacturers – including my company, are making knit golf shirts from recycled fibers which are extremely durable, multicolored, comfortable and very pleasing in appearance. The same goes for uniform and work shirts.

Myth #3: I can’t be certain these products are eco-friendly.

Many manufacturers do offer certifications that these products are made from recycled fibers. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Myth #4: It costs more to support and purchase eco-friendly products.

Not always true. Most new garments produced from recycled fibers are available at no additional cost. And in addition, the high price of cotton has shrunk the price gap for organic cotton. It’s a great thing to tell customers they can purchase green apparel without significant additional cost. Ask suppliers for their price comparisons regarding the price differences for buying green. You may be surprised.

Myth #5: Eco-friendly apparel doesn’t need my support.

Green apparel is just like anything in business: Without money or support, it won’t flourish. We can all sweeten the eco economy by buying, using and producing attire made from recycled products. By doing so, we are encouraging the textile industry to explore and develop better fibers, fabric and garments which can be made from earth-friendly products.

Myth #6: We have an abundant supply of natural resources.

This is perhaps the largest myth we must overcome. Many of the resources currently used to produce fibers are either taken from fossil fuels or rely on water and energy to be manufactured. Previously underdeveloped countries are increasing their consumption at lightning speed – and first-world countries like ours are not letting up. If we cannot develop or locate alternate sources of natural resources, then we need to recycle those resources we have available. Either we change our current manner of consumption, or we deplete our supply and terminate our way of life.

Each of us has a responsibility to contribute to our planet’s future. Only when the consuming population, the businesses and the manufacturers commit themselves can we start the war on waste. Consumers are well aware of the need to conserve our natural resources and to reduce wasteful exploitation, but we need to convince them to make that choice with their purchasing decisions. Recycled-fiber apparel is a start, and there is so much more beyond that. There is satisfaction in knowing we can make a difference so that future generations will enjoy our beautiful world.

Let ZippyDogs help you find some EcoSolutions!
Green Specialist, Kelli Henderson – Chili Dog  and Co-owner
We exist to assist!

The Dogs visit Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

Kelli Henderson (Chili Dog) and Elise Lindborg (Top Dog), owners of ZippyDogs LLC, just returned from a whirlwind three week travel adventure in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.
We had a wonderful time! We spent two days at an Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand where we rode, bathed and clean up poo of the most beautiful elephants. We traveled on a boat for a few days down the Mekong River in Laos visiting Hill tribes along the way. Then we ran ourselves ragged in Siem Reap, Cambodia visiting the many temples of Angkor Wat. We also took cooking classes in Thailand and Cambodia – look out friends – you will be our Guinea pigs! We came back completely exhausted, jet lagged and with disks full of pictures.

Over the next few weeks, we will posting up videos and pictures from our adventure – stay tuned. Woof!

Ban plastic bags? Hell YES!!

It is not everyday that ZippyDogs turns down business. For our company, selling logo’d grocery bags could mean thousands of dollars in sales each year. Call us crazy (it won’t be the first time), but we support the banning of grocery style plastic bags 100%. AND get this, we took a stance the last time the plastic bag ban initiative came to a vote. ZippyDogs will not sell them to our customers – PERIOD!

Check out today’s article in the Seattle Times.

Ban plastic bags in Seattle? Fight heats up

The Seattle City Council will hold a public hearing Monday night on a proposal to ban plastic carryout bags from grocery and retail stores. The proposal has the support of environmentalists, who say plastic bags are a hazard to the environment and especially to marine life, but is opposed by the plastics industry and some independent grocery stores, which say the bags are convenient and reusable and represent only a fraction of the trash that ends up in Puget Sound.

Story By Lynn Thompson; Seattle Times staff reporter
Photo by: Greg Gilbert; Seattle Times

A gray whale that washed up on a Puget Sound beach last year has become Exhibit A in the debate over whether to ban plastic bags in Seattle.

Environmentalists point to the contents of the dead whale’s stomach, itemized in a necropsy, as a compelling argument that the thin-film carryout shopping bags should be outlawed. The inedible trash that the whale had ingested included sweatpants, a golf ball, surgical gloves, small towels and more than 20 plastic bags.

“While it’s true we don’t know what killed the whale, I think we can all agree those plastic bags don’t belong there,” said Dan Kohler, regional director of Environment Washington, which — along with several other environmental groups including People for Puget Sound and the Sierra Club — supports the city’s proposed ban on plastic bags as a way to protect the Sound and marine wildlife.

But opponents of the ban, including the plastics industry and some independent grocery stores, say plastic bags represent a fraction of the litter that ends up in the water. What’s more, they argue, plastic bags are convenient, reusable and recyclable.

“The hysteria around this issue is remarkable,” said Michael Johnson, inside-sales manager for Poly Bag in Tacoma, which makes plastic bags and packaging. “If we’re using the itemized list of things that ended up in the whale’s stomach, I’d like to see all those other things banned as well.”

The Seattle City Council will hold a public hearing Monday night on the proposal to ban plastic carryout bags from grocery and retail stores. The bill also would impose a nickel fee on paper bags to offset the higher cost of paper to stores and to remind shoppers to bring in reusable bags.

The bill, modeled on one adopted earlier this year in Bellingham, still allows plastic bags for produce, bulk foods and meat. It also allows them for takeout food from restaurants and for the patrons of food banks and farmers’ markets. Low-income people using their state Basic Food cards would be exempt from the 5-cent fee.

Environmental advocates and others have deluged Seattle City Council members with more than 500 emails and letters in support of the proposed ban. In contrast, the council has received 20 letters in opposition, said the bill’s sponsor, Councilmember Mike O’Brien.

O’Brien acknowledges that plastic bags may not be the greatest threat to marine life, but he said banning them is one more step in eliminating unnecessary waste and protecting the environment.

A 2008 survey by Seattle Public Utilities, which manages solid-waste programs for the city, found that Seattle used 292 million plastic bags a year, but recycled only 13 percent of them.

A 2008 survey by Seattle Public Utilities, which manages solid-waste programs for the city, found that Seattle used 292 million plastic bags a year, but recycled only 13 percent of them.

“Banning plastic bags is part of the broader initiative to reduce waste. Plastic bags provide minutes of convenience for us as consumers, but they stay in the environment for hundreds of years,” O’Brien said.

The ban picked up a key endorsement recently when the Northwest Grocery Association, which represents Safeway, QFC and Fred Meyer stores across the state, said it supported Seattle’s proposed ordinance. Joe Gilliam, president of the association, said the plastics industry hasn’t come up with a solution for the problem of plastic litter.

“In Seattle, on a roadside or a waterway, the plastic-bag litter is visible. People want to do something about it,” Gilliam said.

He said a typical large grocery store goes through a million plastic bags in a year. Shifting to paper bags, without charging the proposed nickel fee, would cost his members about $60,000 a year. In a business with a small profit margin, he said, “that’s a big hit.”

The organization stayed neutral on the city’s 2008 proposed 20-cent fee on both plastic and paper bags, which was rejected by voters the following year. The current proposal, he said, avoids bureaucracy, bans plastic bags outright, and helps stores offset the costs of paper.

“The model Seattle has adopted is the best I’ve seen,” Gilliam said.

Not all stores agree. Jan Gee, president of the Washington Food Industry Association, which represents 480 independent grocery stores statewide, calls the ban punitive. She said paper bags take up more room and require checkout stands to be retrofitted. She said people can be educated to recycle plastic bags and to bring reusable ones, rather than being legally compelled.

“If people understood it’s a problem, they’d change their behavior,” she said.

Some bookstore owners are concerned about customers not being able to protect their purchases, particularly in a rainy climate. J.B. Dickey, owner of Seattle Mystery Bookshop downtown, said if someone has just bought a stack of paperbacks, or a signed edition of a hardback, they don’t want the books to get wet. And, he said, many of his patrons are tourists who don’t travel with reusable bags.

“Ideally, it’s a good idea to get rid of as much plastic as possible. But there are places where it’s useful and necessary,” Dickey said.

Local plastics manufacturers say a ban would hurt their business. Ken Holmes, marketing director for American Plastic Manufacturing in South Seattle, which employs 20 people, calls the proposed ordinance a “feel good” measure that would eliminate only a small source of pollution. He noted that paper bags consume more resources and cost more to manufacture and transport than plastic bags.

But those who study plastics in the marine environment say they are finding their way even into birds and animals that live far from urban centers.

Anne Murphy, executive director of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, said researchers examining seagull boluses — regurgitated, walnut-size pellets of indigestible materials — found that more than 12 percent contained thin plastic film.

Murphy said the samples were taken from nesting birds on Protection Island, an uninhabited national wildlife refuge in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. She said plastic is shiny and mimics the food birds, fish and mammals may eat. And as it floats in the water, she said, it can get coated with other petroleum-based contaminants, making it even more harmful to ingest.

“Our marine wildlife is facing some pretty horrendous issues. Human-sourced, disposable plastic debris is one thing we can do something about,” she said.

Lynn Thompson: 206-464-8305 or lthompson@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @lthompsontimes.

Thanksgiving Doggie Fun Facts

Posted on November 10, 2011 by Leyda Carvajal

The dangers posed to pets around Thanksgiving are bountiful. In general, pets’ stomachs are not accustomed to  the heavy seasoning we use to prepare our foods. Some of the foods commonly found on the Thanksgiving menu are TOXIC to pets.

LIST OF COMMON THANKSGIVING FOODS PETS NEED TO AVOID:

  • Turkey– raw or undercooked turkey may contain Salmonella bacteria, and fat trimmings or very fatty foods can trigger pancreatitis in dogs and cats. Even just a scrap of food may be enough to cause an upset stomach.
  • Bones – bones can become lodged in the throat, stomach, or intestinal tract or break into splinters, causing extensive damage to the stomach and gastro-intestinal tract if swallowed, even puncturing the small intestines.
  • Dough and Cake Batter – The combination of raw bread dough and the pet’s body heat can cause the dough to rise inside the stomach, resulting in vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating. The batter used in cakes and pies usually contains raw eggs which could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
  • Onion and Garlic – These ingredients contain sulfides, which are toxic to animals and can cause the destruction of red blood cells, especially in cats, causing Heinz body anemia.
  • Sage – This, as well as many other herbs, contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets, especially in cats.
  • Raisins and Grapes – They are a choking hazard to pets and ingestion of either can cause significant kidney damage.
  • Walnuts and Macadamia Nuts – These can cause weakness, depression, incoordination, and tremors. In addition, the high fat levels of these nuts may cause pancreatitis in dogs, resulting in severe vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Chocolate – Chocolate can be toxic for pets, or even fatal, due to a substance called theobromine found in chocolate.
    Mushrooms – These can produce damage to a number of internal organs, including kidneys, liver, and the central nervous system. If a dog eats mushrooms, seizures, coma, vomiting, and even death can occur.
  • Chewing Gum and Candy – Many contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can cause a severe drop in blood glucose in dogs. As soon as 30 minutes after ingestion, dogs can begin to show signs of depression, loss of coordination, and seizures. Xylitol may also lead to delayed onset damage to the liver occurring days to weeks after ingestion. Xylitol toxicity in pets may be fatal and requires immediate medical attention.
  • Beer – Alcohol, especially the hops in beer, can be particularly harmful to dogs, causing intoxication, panting, fever, racing heart, liver damage, even coma, seizures and death.

(this fact sheet is courtesy of Dr. Bill Craig, DVM)

 

 

 

2011 November Employee of the Month

Deputy Dog is our employee of the month!  She single-handedly held down the dog fort during the Big Dogs’ trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Good job, Deputy!

In addition, she survived the week before they left, where with every email they sent her she had to see the weather report of Cabo!  This was their email signature for a solid week – Ugh!  WHATEVER!

2011 November – Where’s Zippy?

Once again, while we are hard at work here at the ZippyDogs World Headquarters… Blue Zippy is out gallivanting around the world.  This time he is wandering the streets of Paris with his good friends Cheryl and Tracy. Though we are all terribly jealous, of course we are living vicariously through his adventures,  C’est la Vie!

In this picture he is enjoying the start of fall by sunning himself along the Seine River. The smell of fresh crêpes wafting through the air.

 

Behind Zippy is the Louvre! And by the way a little trivia for you… our top dog Elise’s favorite exhibit at any museum – the Cafeteria! She has a strange fascination with cafeteria food!   Musée du louvre

2011 November Dog of the Month

Byran

Bryan is a 4-year-old Giant Schnauzer that has been my constant companion since he was eight months old.  I love big black dogs, and Bryan came into my life by a vet who was intent on re-homing him after he’d been backed over by his first owner, crushing his hip, then abandoned at the vet.  Poor dog Bryan.  ANYWAY, he’s all patched up now and he loves getting hair cuts from Elaine of Rub-a-Dub Doggy in Niles, MI, and riding in the front seat of the car.  Although he weighs just over 100 lbs, he’s still very much a lap dog, and he craves treats, petting, and tummy rubs.  He does not like to walk in the rain or when another dog tries to eat from his bowl.  His shaggy beard soaks up water like an old-fashioned cotton mop whenever he gets a drink.

Submission:  Justin Osadjan

2011 September Employee of the Month

Taylor interns at ZippyDogs!

Elise’s fabulous nephew Taylor Lindborg is our September Employee of the Month. Taylor spent an entire week in the ZippyDogs – Dog House and filed, dusted, learned how to staple, created product displays, played with pencils and put together 150 super cool promo boxes for us. Taylors time at ZippyDogs was not all work and no play. He also enjoyed time at the Seattle Art Museum, the Pacific Science Center, the Butterfly House, the Seattle Art Institute and he spent half a day at Top Line – Seattle’s hot bed of fashion professionals. In addition, we made him try new food like Vietnamese Pho, fancy cheeses and pork tenderloin with chimichurri sauce. Thank you for all your work Taylor!