Lucy: 4-year-old terrier mix
Before Lucy wandered into his life, Brett Edwards wasn’t planning on having a pet, let alone an office pet. Then he met Lucy—the nervous puppy who wandered into the garage at Connelly Plumbing, Heating & Air. After taking Lucy home with him that night, Edwards realized he couldn’t just leave a new puppy alone while he went to work, so he hauled Lucy back to the shop that day and every day since. With Edwards at work in his office, Lucy has free-reign around Connelly and spends most of her day checking in on her co-workers. She has beds in several of the shop’s offices including Edwards's office. “It’s nice to have a dog here that you can pet and take outside,” he says. “It reminds you that working isn’t everything, and it helps when you’re having a stressful day.”
While there isn’t much risk of Lucy damaging carpeting and upholstery, Garard has helped several customers install more durable and washable fabrics. “Commercial-grade fabrics and finishes are ideal for this application,” she says. “The healthcare industry has driven the need for durable, cleanable and beautiful options for commercial clients. These finishes put the old Scotchgard to shame. Manufacturers are making wood desk and chairs with finishes that include antimicrobial elements as well.” So if Lucy snuck out one day in search of the rest of her westside family, the crew at Connelly Plumbing wouldn’t have to worry about muddy paws.