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 Kirby, who not only holds down a job on the top floor of the Colston Building, he’s also a member of the AMSA Board.

-Names and occupation:
Don’t let looks fool you. There’s much more to Kirby than just his Golden Retriever good looks and his snazzy bandana. He spends must of his time as Colin Chapman’s right hand man, well admittedly right hand dog, from the sixth floor offices of Chapman Capitol Consulting Inc. It’s not an easy job. But there are some perks. “He knows where all the dog biscuits are,” Chapman explains.

-Special talents:
Kirby is an estimated 100 pounds of pure dog grinning love and affection. He not only charms the office staff and office visitors, Kirby also takes it upon himself to visit other offices on the sixth floor. As Chapman has pointed out one of  Kirby’s extraordinary talents is ferreting out dog biscuits far and wide. He is also well known up and down Main Street, where he’s a local celebrity known for his charismatic mojo.
However, don’t confuse Kirby with some giddy puppy. Nope, at the ripe old age of 12, his approach is much more slow and smooth.  Kirby simply doesn’t get in a hurry. In fact, he is the embodiment of the chorus of the old 1959 song “Along Came Jones.”  Remember the words? “Along came Jones. Tall, thin Jones. Slow-walkin' Jones. Slow-talkin' Jones. Along came long, lean, lanky Jones.” That would be Kirby. He’s a kind of doggie cowboy in a white hat or knight with shining amour. He is definitely true to his breed that is known for being friendly with a tolerant attitude.
Of course, Kirby doesn’t limit himself only to Chapman’s business. He also attends the Ardmore Main Street Authority Board meetings and executive board meetings with his human. As the board’s unofficial member, Kirby conducts himself with decorum befitting the role.
-What makes Kirby perfect for his people job?
“He’s a people dog. He could care less about other dogs or cats. He’s all about people,” Chapman says.
In addition, Kirby is always ready for whatever the day brings. It may be hanging out in the office. It may be checking out buildings and properties. It could even be “working cattle,” or it may be being a playmate to Chapman’s 4-year-old daughter. Whatever the day brings, he’s always ready to go in the back of Chapman’s pickup.
And yes, he does have a hobby — naps. Just for the record, he’s as good at his hobby as he is carrying out his many jobs.

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.