Now, their business is simply a nursery and garden center. Many years ago, it was an interesting combination - a pawn shop AND nursery. I know, it's weird. I have no idea how that happened, but they sold their pawn shop and nursery combo back when I was a teenager, moved locations to where I live now, and decided to just stick with the nursery.
|Missy stretching in the parking lot after a long day of work.|
Before I was born, my mom and dad acquired a Shetland Sheepdog named Missy from a customer in the pawn shop. I don't know exactly how it all went down, but my dad traded a customer a toolbox that was for sale in the pawn shop for his dog. And that's how he got Missy.
For those of you that don't know, my whole family are Sheltie fans. Everyday, my dad took Missy to work with him. She wasn't leashed or confined. She was allowed to roam free in the pawn shop and nursery. She never wandered off or bothered anyone. She knew her boundaries. My grandfather also brought his dog, Jay, to work every day.
|Missy and Jay on the checkout counter in the pawn shop.|
.After Missy and Jay's passing, there were a few Sheltie successors. Our family got a new dog named Jenny, and she went to work most days with my dad. She enjoyed running along the fence barking at big trucks and motorcycles that would pass by. Like Missy, she was a good dog that knew her boundaries. She never wandered off.
|Missy resting in the shade under tables of plants at the nursery.|
My grandfather had two Shetland Sheepdogs after Jay passed. They were Becky and Anna and they also came to work with him most days. Even after the pawn shop was sold and the business moved. Anna passed away at a young age unfortunately, but her sister lived a very long life. It wasn't until Becky became very old that she retired as a working dog.
Now, my dad doesn't have a dog. Maybe I can convince him that he needs another one some day to continue the legacy of the working dogs before. My grandfather has a Shetland Sheepdog named Bear, but Bear doesn't come to work with him. He was born with bad hips and he doesn't get around too well, so he stays home.
|Bear the Sheltie.|
I guess when you own your own business, it's easy to make the rules. I'm glad that I am able to work with my pets around me everyday. I can tell Shiner likes it much better than when I traveled to my daily job.
Have you ever brought your dog to work? Will you be celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day?