Editors note: It’s no secret there are hard working dogs and cats. But while some are tending to traditional animal jobs, like herding cattle or mousing in barns, others are going to work with their owners and are performing “people” jobs at local stores and offices, like this week’s feline, Harley, and canine, Roxy.
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Harley was a tiny ink spot of a kitten when she was rescued seven years ago by David and Sharon Jarvis’ daughter, Ashely Cesa. She was suppose to grow up to be a house cat, but the 2009 tornado that hit Lone Grove her first night home was so traumatizing for the itty bitty feline that she became a 24/7 store cat.
A year after Harley’s arrival, Roxy, a Schnauzer pup, joined Ashley’s household. It wasn’t long before Roxy joined the staff at Jarvis. Why? Those who are experienced Schnauzer owners probably already know the answer. For the unenlightened, Sharon explains, “she can’t stay home alone.” Enough said.
However, Roxy doesn’t spend nights at the store. She used to reside overnight with Ashley and her family, but three months ago Annie, a Lab puppy, joined the family and to be perfectly honest, Annie got on Roxy’s last nerve. So she’s taking a mental health break at the Jarvis’ residence in the evenings.
Harley works store security both inside and outside. On warm, sunny days Harley prefers to keep the store safe from evil doings by keeping a look out while reclining on an outdoor hot tub display. From the same vantage point she is also available to be “Greeter #1” and graciously allows petting, as well as cooing about her natural beauty and exceptional personality.
Roxy’s job is manning the store’s interior. She greets customers and also allows petting and cooing. She plays with children who may accompany adult customers. However, her primary job is vacuuming. “She’ll eat anything. She’s just like a vacuum cleaner,” Sharon says.
Harley is also not opposed to a treat or 10, but unfortunately Roxy’s propensity for goodies of any kind, anywhere, anytime has resulted in an expanding waist line and a stern suggestion from her vet to “go on a diet.”
What makes him perfect for his people job/s:
Both Harley and Roxy are described as “people oriented,” which makes them great at meeting and greeting the public. They also have perfected a comedy routine that they perform when the mood strikes and which their fans agree is one of the better dog/cat or cat/dog acts they’ve seen.
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