{ DOG ABOUT TOWN }

ON THE JOB

Meet some dogs about town that are helping their humans get the job done!

by Skipper Lemlin
Photos by noushin nourizadeh & Roneil Chavez

I’m a lucky dog—my human works from home, so we can be together all day! When she is busy writing, I help out by lying under the desk next to her feet, and if she forgets to take a break, I dive into her lap and remind her to go outside for some fresh air.

In my jaunts about town, I’ve met many other dogs who are also pawtastic at taking care of business. They’d love for you to stop by and visit them!

Nancy Warwick at Warwick’s with Jango and Milo
Nancy Warwick at Warwick’s with Jango and Milo

Jango and Milo

We are Poodle brothers belonging to Nancy Warwick of Warwick’s in La Jolla. At 11 years old, we are semi-retired, but when we go to work, we administer cuddle therapy for the staff. If we hear a siren or ice cream truck while we are out and about on our breaks, we burst into howlicious song! We know that when we are in the store we are supposed to be quiet and not bark, but sometimes it’s so tempting that Milo actually puts his tail in his mouth just to stop himself!

Roree Mayhew at Legends Gallery with Atticus
Roree Mayhew at Legends Gallery with Atticus

Atticus

I’m a miniature Australian Shepherd, and even though I’m still in puppy mode, I’ve been working with my dad, Roree Mayhew, at Legends Gallery of La Jolla since I was a two-month-old baby. I love socializing with all the people that come to the gallery, and I’m so good at it, that sometimes people come in just to see me and give me belly rubs. My job at the gallery is perfect, because with my beautiful coat and captivating eyes, I’m a real work of art!

Randy Gruber at Americana Restaurant with Beatrix and Rupert
Randy Gruber at Americana Restaurant with Beatrix and Rupert

Beatrix and Rupert

Need a chocolate fix? We are chocolate Labrador Retrievers, and we are more than happy to oblige! We hang out in front of Americana Restaurant and Elixir Juice & Food in Del Mar Village, serving up waggy tails and greeting customers and passers-by alike. Beatrix is six, and Rupert is three, and our favorite job is escorting our human, Randy Gruber, when he walks around town doing errands for his restaurants.

Carol Temple at Solana Beach Art & Frame with Lilly
Carol Temple at Solana Beach Art & Frame with Lilly

Lilly

I’m a two-and-a-half-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and I direct the welcoming committee at Solana Beach Art & Frame. I do a great job of helping my person, Carol Temple, with community relations, because everyone on Cedros Avenue knows me, and people often stop in to say hi and give me hugs and scratches. I especially love when they bring their kids or dogs, and when I get to dress up for special holidays.

Tracy Sheffer and Terry Galka at Pedego Electric Bikes La Jolla with Riley
Tracy Sheffer and Terry Galka at Pedego Electric Bikes La Jolla with Riley

Riley

I’m known as Pedego Riley, aka “The Mayor of Bird Rock,” and I basically run Pedego Electric Bikes La Jolla. My humans, Tracy Sheffer and Terry Galka, will tell you, “Riley is the real owner; we just work for him.” My “I’m the Boss” shirt says it all! I’m a five-year-old Havanese and a pretty sociable guy, usually found hanging out on the corner by the shop, and sharing treats with all my pup pals who stop by to chill, or cruising around on the Pedego bikes in my Buddyrider. I also do double duty as a trained medical alert service dog.

Kera Murphy at La Jolla Sports Club with Lola
Kera Murphy at La Jolla Sports Club with Lola

Lola

I’m a two-year-old American Blue Nose Pitbull, and if you wonder how I stay in such fantastic shape, it’s because my mom, Kera Murphy, owns La Jolla Sports Club—as well as a hair salon and a non-profit. As her loyal assistant, I keep busy working at all of her businesses, usually behind the front desk, but I always pop out to say hi to everyone. I’m super friendly, gentle and playful, especially with the kids in the childcare room at the Sports Club.

Phyllis Lanphier at Sigi’s Boutique with Thor
Phyllis Lanphier at Sigi’s Boutique with Thor

Thor

As the Director of Public Relations at Sigi’s Boutique, it’s my job to welcome anyone who comes into the store, and politely make them aware of the jar of dog treats next to the couch. If a customer needs entertaining—especially the husbands or children of women browsing the beautiful clothes—I’m totally good with rolling over and letting them rub my belly. And, because I’m a four-and-a-half-year-old Labrador Retriever, I have a natural talent for assisting delivery people and carrying in packages for my mom, Phyllis Lanphier. In my spare time, I’m a certified volunteer in the Rady Children’s Hospital Canine Therapy program.

Skip Mrozinski at Bowers Jewelers with Bella
Skip Mrozinski at Bowers Jewelers with Bella

Bella

I may look worried, but I am really a very happy dog, and I adore my job as the official greeter at Bowers Jewelers in La Jolla. I’m a Chihuahua/French Bulldog mix, and my dad, Skip Mrozinski, says my age is “forever four” because he adopted me about three years ago when I was a youngster and still had to “grow into” my big, beautiful ears.

Studies have shown that allowing pets in the workplace reduces employee stress and increases worker satisfaction and productivity. By helping humans to forge social bonds, we pets help enhance team collaboration and staff communication. As for us, we just want to be wherever our humans are, so it’s a win-win for everyone!