Editor’s 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, offices or job sites, like Honey, who has become an irreplaceable member of the staff at Gauntlet Fitness.

Names and occupation:
Sometimes business owners don’t realize the benefits of having a pet employee. Shawn and Ashley Mason, owners of Gauntlet Fitness, were prime examples of those who didn’t  have a clue about the talented assets a pet employee could offer. In fact, they didn’t think they needed a pet, much less a Pit Bull and especially not a Pit Bull that would be part of the staff in the gym.
But, then fate, or maybe a doggie angel, stepped in and knocked on the Masons’ hearts.  Honey, did her part too. She gave it her best shot during two interviews at Ardmore Animal Shelter— one that convinced Ashley and and second one that clinched the deal with Shawn. Now Honey is much more than just part of the Mason family, she is a symbol to everyone who works out at the gym of what quiet, unassuming but courageous determination can accomplish.


Special talents:
Honey is everything a Pit Bull is not suppose to be. She’s friendly, but she doesn’t demand attention. Instead, she waits for permission before she meets and greets. She’s patient. She’s kind. She’s smart. She has a sweet and tender temperament. Most of all she radiates a quiet inner strength and a strong will.
“We don’t know her story,” Mason said. “All we know is a Lone Grove firefighter found her, with a ripped ear and took her to the shelter. “
Whatever unfortunate experiences and hurts haunt her past, Honey has overcome her history. She moved on when she moved in with Shawn and Ashley and their three children and she’s an example to every person training at the gym that where there’s a will there’s a way.
“She knows everybody and she works out with everybody,” Mason said. “She loves all our clients, especially Danny Wollaston (a well known dog rescuer).”
Honey’s the encourager while she’s on the job at the gym. Those working out can’t help but try a little harder and work a little longer with Honey by their side. And just when someone’s about to get discouraged, Honey turns into a clown and rights what’s wrong. Just a little doggie magic when it’s needed.
When she does has a moment to herself, she mounts the front stairs and goes to the windows overlooking West Main Street where she can watch those passing by.

What makes Honey perfect for her people job?
Although Honey is a bit reserved with those she doesn’t know, she has a playful and energetic — run and play battle rope side too. She’s always ready for those who would like to add a bit of cardio to their workout and she’s always ready for playtime when her human kids, Liam, Addison and Ava come home from school. True to her breed she is by nature, an athlete with an impressive rock solid muscular build.  
Mason says the only time Honey isn’t at the gym throughout the day in during “kids classes.” Why? Because some parents are apprehensive because she’s a Pit Bull.
“We don’t want anyone to worry. So Honey doesn’t work out with the kids classes,” he said, adding he hopes some day that will change. “What we want people to know is that Pit Bulls are not bad or mean dogs.”
Honey is an excellent example of what her breed is really all about.

If you have or know of a dog or cat that works a people job let us know. Send an email to yournews@ardmoreite.com with the animal’s name, the name of the owner and where the special dog or cat works and contact information.