Celebrating National Dog Day with Our Office Pooch, Pammie

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Above: Chief Morale Officer (CMO) Pamiltonstovaire, better known as Pammie. Below, left: Pammie and her human, Mike. Photos by Niko Dahilig.

To celebrate National Dog Day, we thought we’d introduce our readers to our office dog, and Chief Morale Officer, Pamiltonstovaire.

Pamiltonstovaire, better known around the office as Pammie, is a one year and seven month-old English Golden Retriever, whose job responsibilities include kisses, lounging under desks, and instigating the occasional lunchtime pick-up soccer game.

Pam02Graphic Designer Mike Trowbridge, Pammie’s human, said he picked Pammie up from Rancho Goldens in Rancho Cucuamonga when she was a puppy.

“They had a lot of area for the dogs to play,” Trowbridge said. “We really liked her parents, Jelly and Harley.”

Trowbridge said Pammie is the first dog that he’s had on his own, and he’s been bringing her into the office since she was three months old.

He said he was originally attracted to Goldens because of their characteristics and personality traits. “Pammie is a playful one,” he said.

“She’s always looking to have a good time,” Trowbridge said. “I always call her a party animal. She’s always looking to go hang out with people and she loves meeting other dogs. She’s just a nice, bubbly girl.”

Trowbridge has also raised Pammie on a strictly vegan diet, which he said benefits her health.

“I saw a few articles about ingredients in dog food with meat product,” he said. “If they say ‘meat product,’ that could mean anything, from road kill to everything that’s left of the animal that we don’t eat, such as bones, internal organs, just ground up. It’s not good enough for humans so we give them to our dogs. I don’t support that. It seems like that can make your dog sick. I just want Pammie to be as healthy as she can be.”

Pammie is a multi-talented dog, Trowbridge said. Some of her tricks include sitting, laying down, playing dead, guessing which hand a treat is in and doing a “big high five [standing] on her rear legs.” She will often do these tricks—or just about anything—for her favorite treat, a piece of ice, Trowbridge said.

Pam03Some of Pammie’s favorite activities include destroying stuffed animals, eating vegan bones filled with fake meat and peanut butter, and running next to Trowbridge while he skateboards.

“She can pull me, and she really keeps up,” Trowbridge said. “We used to commute .7 miles to work and she would just run next to me on a leash while I skated.”

Pammie is a positive asset to the office, Trowbridge said—and the rest of the Post office could not agree more.

“I think she brightens everyone’s day,” Trowbridge said. “A couple times a day she’ll just cruise around and say hi to everyone. I think it’s a positive thing for the outlook of the office.”

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