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June 29, 2010

Brandy: From Puppy Mill Mom to Campaign Mascot

Last Friday the nation celebrated Take Your Dog to Work Day, created by Pet Sitters International, with thousands of businesses allowing dogs to join employees at the workplace. It’s a fast-spreading employee benefit, and it’s a good thing for all involved.

At The HSUS, every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day—we established a dogs-at-work policy in 2007. I’ve introduced you to a few of our office dogs over the years on the blog—like Piper and Soco—and today I wanted to talk about Brandy, another of our special canine coworkers.

In August of 2009 we found Brandy at a Virginia puppy mill, where The HSUS and local animal control officers coordinated to rescue her and nearly 100 other dogs who had been suffering in outdoor cages, exposed to the elements, barely getting by on minimal food and water. Likely bearing litter after litter of puppies for the pet trade, Brandy was fully pregnant at the time of her rescue, but malnourished and weak, flea-infested, and also suffering from a painful eye condition. Just days after her rescue, she required an emergency C-section.

Today, though, Brandy has a loving family, a comfortable home, and a career—as our Stop Puppy Mills campaign’s honorary “survivor outreach coordinator,” she comes to work with campaign manager Kathleen Summers, who adopted Brandy.

It’s been a Take Your Dog to Work Day tradition on the blog to caption a photo of an office dog, so here’s your chance again. Take a look at this picture of Brandy hard at work and let me know what you think is on her mind (you can submit your caption idea by email or a comment). Then I’ll post my favorites sometime soon.

Brandy, dog of Stop Puppy Mills campaign manager Kathleen Summers
Photo credit Michelle Riley/The HSUS

P.S. If your office participated in Take Your Dog to Work Day or has a year-round pet-friendly policy, I’d love to hear about it.

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