Next in our series of “Meet the SW? Staff” is one of the most popular, and HARD-WORKING, employees that our company has ever had. We are so happy to introduce you to Sweetie, a Schnauzer-Terrier mix who has completely innovated our daily operations with her years of warehouse experience, her keen sense of smell and intuition, and of course her infectious smile. She wanted to tell you a little bit about her background in her own words, so please take a minute and read all about this very bright, extremely focused, and always-smiling pup that makes our world a lot brighter by just stepping her silvery little paw into it!
When did you first start at Sew What? What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties changed since working here?
I have been a member of the SW? Family since my mommy and daddy (Megan and Adam Duckett, CEO and COO respectively of SW? Inc.) adopted me almost 18 years ago. I originally thought of myself as a “part time pup” though, only coming into work from time to time, enjoying the quiet afternoons at home with my best buddy and big brother, Romeo, an adorable Shitzu-Terrier mix. But once he crossed over the rainbow bridge, I decided the best way to keep my mind occupied, and still get LOTS of love and attention, was to come back into work as much as possible. Best decision I ever made! I am officially a “co-office pup” with my brother Crispin, and — quite honestly—I don’t know how they managed before we got here!
If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I love going for car rides, and always like to race out the front door like lightning to make sure I get to the car first. That way I can get the best spot in the crate by the window, so I can feel the rush of the wind on my face. I also once went camping with my “human brother” William and his Scout troop and had a BLAST chasing them all around the campground, until they were screaming with how much fun they were having! (Or screaming for me to stop, I can’t remember exactly which it was). All I know is that it was some of the most fun I have ever had, and I just love being anywhere my humans are–even if it’s “ruff-ing” it on a campsite, or just hanging out at home. I have more energy than most of my senior pup counterparts, so as long as I get to MOVE MOVE MOVE, then I’m a happy girl!
What kind of work did you do before coming to Sew What?
Working at Sew What? is all I’ve ever known— with the occasional part time gig helping my daddy go out to site inspections or networking with other pups in the industry. I’m a warehouse doggy at heart, and I just love the fast paced environment that it brings.
Do you have a special talent?
I’m technically a “Miracle Canine,” as I was very sick with Parvo as a young pup, but was saved with blood and plasma transfusions and lots of care and love from my family. I like to think that the blood they gave me was from a SUPER canine, like Lassie, Hachi, or Rin Tin Tin, and I have always promised to use my exceptional intelligence and incredible interpersonal skills for good, and not evil. I have the ability to walk forward while facing backwards—you never know if someone behind you might have a tasty morsel to share! And my energy knows no limits, so I like to think I have a talent for bringing up the energy level of everyone around me. Working in a warehouse, this is super important in helping keep my fellow employees as productive as possible!
What is your favorite memory/circumstance/event from being part of the Sew What? family?
Are you kidding? IT’S THE FOOD!! My wonderful co-workers LOVE to have special luncheons, birthday parties, holiday events, and fiestas of all kinds. I like to think of myself as “The Grey Ninja,” and can sneak up on someone’s lunch or snack without making a single sound. Just the soft crunching of the food is all that can be heard, and by then I’ve had my little treat and am back out on the hunt. Everyone is super careful not to let me eat any people food, but they are really no match for my stealthy skills.
I also love running across the warehouse from the main office out to the Logistics Office, the department (I like to think) I control, and I am faster than the wind! Some of my favorite memories are running through the warehouse, letting my fellow co-workers shout out greetings to me and give my head a respectful pat. I’m always especially happy to visit everyone right after I get one of my famous hairdos, called the Daisy Cut, because then no one can resist my charms, even the shipping crew.
What is your favorite sports team/TV Show/Book/Movie?
I’m not a huge fan of sports teams or books, but I DO like watching Animal Planet and NatGeo—anything with squirrels, kitties, or birds on the TV. Basically, any critter that I would have fun chasing!
What are some of your hobbies?
I’m a big advocate of walking, and LOVE to go for long walks around the neighborhood smelling every stick, bush, tree, rock, and leaf I come across. Usually I go with my mommy or daddy, but I enjoy walking with anyone that will take me! I have a lot of fun especially when I get to walk around with my brother Crispin, as we both really enjoy getting our leads all tangled together and around whatever lucky human got to walk with us. Makes me laugh every time! I also like napping on comfortable doggy beds laid out all around the office—it helps keep me young, and keeps my energy levels up.
What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?
I am VERY good at helping my colleagues in the QC (Quality Control) department, and recently I got to help inspect some very elaborate framed stretch drapes. I was proud of the work my co-workers put into finishing it so beautifully and was just very happy to be a part of the team!
Anything more about your time here at SW?
I am so lucky that I have such a wonderful human family, AND a great canine brother in Crispin, too! But I also can’t stop wagging my fancy little pony-tail when I think of the fantastic people here in my Whatters family, and how good they are to me. Each day brings about new adventures—and I’m always SO happy when I get to join in the fun!