Will Work For Treats!

by DFS-Pet-Blog on January 29, 2010

Does Ida have a cushy job?

Does Ida have a cushy job?

**Guest post from Ellen B.**

Drs. Foster & Smith catalogs and website are filled with dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, ferrets, snakes, horses, mice and plenty of other creatures with fur, scales, shells or feathers. These pet models play an important role in highlighting the many pet supplies we offer. Ever wonder where we find these pet models? All the pets are local, and most are pets of employees. Many of the cats are from our local animal shelter (they love a day out!)

Ida Mae pictured with Dr. Race Foster.

Ida Mae pictured with Dr. Race Foster.

A few models, such as Ida Mae, have become beloved members of our photo studio. People throughout the company recognize Ida from her years of helping us show off our products. She’s been referred to by many as a “real pro.” If we have a dog bed on the set, Ida comes in and knows what she has to do. She’s more than happy to patiently lay on the bed for pictures, and then she’s VERY happy to enjoy the treats she always gets in reward for her photo shoot!

Ida is a 12 year-old yellow Labrador Retriever who belongs to Bill in our MIS Department. When Candi, our photo studio pet wrangler, needs Ida to model, Bill brings Ida into work with him. Ida *loves* to go see Candi, so Bill generally doesn’t tell her she’s going to work until it’s pretty much time to leave.

This photo of Ida was featured on the cover of our 2008 Christmas catalog.

This photo of Ida was featured on the cover of our 2008 Christmas catalog.

In the morning, Bill looks at Ida and simply says “Candi?” He says that Ida immediately gets a certain look in her eye, sort of like “it’s picture time!” Ida then sits real still while Bill gives her a little extra brushing. He gives her a few treats for sitting nicely, but not too many because she gets so many while she’s “working” in the photo studio! In her senior years, Ida has developed some joint aches. However, say the word “Candi” and she is up and ready to go!

Ida has been in Drs. Foster and Smith catalogs and on the website for about 8-9 years. Both Bill and Candi agree that their favorite shot of Ida is this Christmas photo that was used on the cover of our 2008 dog catalog. You might recognize Ida from our blog…look up, she’s our blog “cover dog!”

Ida patiently trains a rookie!

Ida patiently trains a rookie!


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Tina C. January 29, 2010 at 8:09 am

We LOVE it when Ida comes in. She is such a pro and so well behaved.

Christina January 29, 2010 at 11:18 am

I have many animals registered with A 1 animal talent. My fiance and I got a free trip to Vegas when Brunswick bowling wanted to use one of our reticulated pythons for a marketing ploy at a convention. It was a great experience working with them. (we submitted two of our snakes to them and brunswick chose both to be in their top 3!)

Ellen B. February 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

I should have mentioned that when we have pets from our local shelter in our photo studio, employees often end up adopting them. You can read about 2 adoptions here: When Pets Pick People and Two Cats, One Fat.

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