Tag Archives: The People Behind the Paw

A Kitten Shower

It's a Kitten Shower!

It’s a Kitten Shower!

We had a kitten shower at the office on Friday. But wait! There’s more…

Little Boy Kitty

Little Boy Kitty

Every September, we (the employees of Iams) take a day away from the office and do rehab work on a shelter in our area–as part of our celebration of Iams Home 4 the Holidays. This year, we worked on the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

New Mom Robin and Lazer Tag for Kitties!

New Mom Robin and Lazer Tag for Kitties!

A couple of weeks before our scheduled day of work, somebody dumped a trio of kittens at the shelter. Yes, I said dumped–and the kittens were only a couple of days old.

Little Girl Kitty

Little Girl Kitty

As it happened, some of our folks were there doing prep work for the rehab. My buddy Robin was outlining some of the murals that would be painted later by the larger group. Robin was outraged that kittens so young would be separated from their mom.

Little Gray Boy During the Shelter Rehab

Little Gray Boy During the Shelter Rehab

Over the following weeks, Robin stopped by ever few days to visit and care for the three little kittens. She was charmed and moved by their resilience and their will to survive.

Last week, at six weeks old, the shelter director decided they were old enough for Robin to foster. So Robin took them home. And started her journey down the short path of failing “Foster 101.”

Newly named Jezabelle, Jaxon, and Jasper.

Newly named Jezabelle, Jaxon, and Jasper.

So on Friday we had a kitten shower. Someone sent her a meeting notice for a bogus meeting and we yelled “Surprise!” when she joined us. And there were balloons and presents. And much laughter. And lots of phone photos of really cute little fuzz balls.

Robin told us that the family was having a hard time naming the kittens–and that her husband was OK with adopting two, but not sure about adopting three. I figured, if we could name all three then hubby would have a harder time saying no. So we asked the Iams community on Facebook. Robin took their suggestions, and the kittens are now Jezabelle, Jaxon, and Jasper.

C’mon hubby! Three kitties are just as easy to take care of as two kitties. And an extra excuse for warm snuggles!

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Take Your Dog To Work Day, June 24, 2011

Tyler, at his work station.

Tyler, at his work station.

This year was Tyler’s first opportunity to participate in Take Your Dog to Work Day, and he had a great time! So many folks brought their dogs into the office at P&G Pet Care’s headquarters in Mason that I wonder [[whisper]] just how much work got done that day? Doesn’t matter though–bonding with our dogs at the office just emphasizes who we really work for.

We had some fund doggie contests in our dog park, located just outside the building. And luckily the weather smiled on us.

The Potato and Spoon Race
This game is run in heats.  Chairs are placed a little way away from the wall at one end of the hall while the handlers and their dogs line up at the other end.  Each handler is given a spoon in which they have to carry a potato.  The spoon can only be carried in the hand that is holding the dog’s lead.  Handlers have to race from to the far end of the hall, go round the chair and back to the start.  If they drop the potato they have to stop while they put it back in the spoon.

Doggie Musical Paws (Musical Chairs)
Dog handlers and dogs walk around in a big circle of white paw prints while music is playing.  When the music stops the dog must sit on one of the white paw prints. The dog without a paw print drops out and a paw print is taken away.  The game continues until you are left with a winner.  This game is just like musical chairs.

We also had a contest for the Best Sit Stay and the Longest Commute to Work. These contest were topped off with a Canine Yappy Hour and Bark-n-Play where Frosty Paws and Iams and Eukanuba biscuits were served (the humans had to find their own treats!), and the pooches spent pack time running and playing in the dog park.