Howdy! I’m CJ. I love meeting new people. As the greeter and mascot at my family’s Gals On and Off the Green shops in Pennsylvania and Maryland, I make new friends (and admirers) all the time. Some folks stop by just to see me!
Let me tell you, it really is a dog’s life.
Funny story: When my family negotiated the lease on our Maryland store, they insisted that I be allowed to “mind the shop”, even though there were no dogs permitted on the property. Unthinkable! Somebody must have pulled out my picture, because the lease was amended to read “No pets are allowed except the tenant’s Pembroke Welsh Corgi”.
Since puppy days, I’ve enjoyed being right in the middle of working with customers. Humans need our help. It’s not their fault, and I’m happy to oblige. As a young ‘un, I’d tackle the tissue stuffing and cardboard molds out of shoe boxes during fittings. If those hapless humans tried on five pairs of shoes, with each box top that popped off, swoosh! I’d nose dive right in and follow up with my ritual ripping and shredding. Not the shoes, mind you. just the packing. Those were the glory days!
Ding-dong! I do sleep on the job, but when the front door bell rings, I’m up in a flash, trotting out to greet each customer. Given enough attention, I’ll pull the ol’ crash-rollover-into-belly up maneuver. Gets me my rubs every time. I haven’t much pride — but plenty of smarts!
I can tell which customers are dog friendly. Those who are I follow into the fitting rooms and lie against the wall as they try on each outfit. I have my opinions, but keep them to myself, of course. If they make the mistake of removing their socks, I scoop them and make off like a bandit. A little dog spit on a sock never hurt anybody!
My life is mostly fun and games, but I’ve had my scrapes. I escaped a close encounter with a car with just a slight fracture of my scapula at three, and was mauled by an impolite Bull Mastiff eight weeks later. I had ACL surgery recently. I’m perfectly healthy today. The family says my toughness and patience impress them. I’ve been in a car, on a boat, in an airplane, in a limousine, on a train, in a golf cart, on a ferry, multiple elevators and on a subway. All in a day’s work and play, I say.