We've had three studio dogs throughout our 20 years in business - all Labs, and all that implies.
Gretta. Our first studio dog came from the Humane Society in Auburn Hills, Michigan. We got her when we were students at Cranbrook. Gretta was a Chocolate Lab mix, brought to the shelter at just five weeks old. She came home with us at seven weeks old and became our beloved sidekick for ten years. Gretta put up with us posing her in architectural niches on the Cranbook campus and long rides to the east coast to visit family and back. She kept us company in the studio, sleeping on our old paper cutter, keeping track of who came and went. Ate far too many things she shouldn't have. Two years later, she became the best friend and guardian of our first baby. Our niece called her Mrs. Gretta and we still refer to her that way. She accompanied us from Cranbrook to Maine and then to Vermont where she lived out her days as our entertainer, guardian, and dear friend. Sweet Mrs. Gretta. <3
Wally. Our second studio dog, Wally [aka Wallace, Walliver, Walster, Wallsy... you get the idea], came to us a couple months after Gretta's unexpected passing. Wally was the kindest, most gentle dog you could hope to meet. Benevolent is a good word for him. Nothing rattled this dog. He took everything in stride, forgave instantly and was, without question, always there for us. He kept guard of the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. Sat on the hill in the back yard, surveying our property to keep us safe. Kept us company in the kitchen, lying still as can be hoping for the end of a pepper or zucchini. [Although he'd politely refuse any offerings of kale.] Wally kindly greeted clients at the door and was always well behaved in the studio. He'd offer a gentle greeting and lay at your feet during meetings. He passed away at 15.5 years old.
Arlo. About a year after Wally passed, Arlo came to us. Arlo is our first Black Lab and he was meant to be ours. We brought him home days after Lisa's Dad passed away and he brought a lot of smiles to us during a rough time. He had a calm demeanor paired with typical puppy antics. He practically house-trained himself and slept through the night. He's now an active year-old young man. He spends his days in the studio with us with breaks for back yard romps, luncheon outings, and walks. He's still learning his manners around people so he only attends meeting with those who don't mind a dog asking for attention. :) You can keep up with Arlo's antics @Arloagogo.
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