Did you know? Saturday, August 26th is National Dog Day! To celebrate, we’re going to feature a few of the adorable pups that the Hanky Panky team shares their lives with.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog (or visitor to Hanky Panky’s Headquarters) you already know Henree, Hanky Panky’s Chairman (sic) of the Board. Hanky Panky co-founder and CEO Lida Orzeck adopted Henree from a poodle rescue 12 1/2 years ago. She is a fixture in the Hanky Panky office, has guest-starred in Patrick McDonnell’s Mutts comic, recently made her Times Square jumbotron debut and celebrated her 15th birthday in June. This is a typical tableau from the end of a Hanky Panky workday for Henree and Lida.
Meet Donatella, a recent addition to our Director of Visual & Branding, JD’s family. She’s a Yorkie hailing from Milan via Lawn Guyland and currently teething like crazy! Big toes and noses are her favorite things to gnaw on so far!
Meet Aiko, who belongs to Jensine in the product development department. Aiko is an adorable 3-year-old Chihuahua-Yorkie mix who is fully grown at 12 pounds. “Aiko” is a Japanese name, which loosely translated means “little love” or “beloved child.”
Murphy and Morgan are 8 year old Black & White Springer Spaniels who live with Judy Stewart, our Executive Business Consultant, on a lake in Stamford, CT. They LOVE to jump into the pool, cuddle with all guests and give Judy slurppy kisses when she gets home from work! They are sister and brother and often can be found snuggling together on their favorite chair.
Opal is a seven-year-old Chihuahua intern Lacey adopted last month from PupStarz Rescue. Says Lacey, “We originally intended on fostering her—but within 24 hours, we were in love! Opal loves to cuddle, hide under towels, and lick faces. She truly is the perfect dog, and our lives wouldn’t be the same without her.”
George Michael is a Puggle who belongs to Lisa in the Purchasing Department. Lisa says, “He loves the beach, running around in the yard and his favorite food – steak.”
Luke is an 11 year old Siberian Husky who belongs to Rachel in the Export Department. He loves the New York snow, even though he was originally a rescue from Florida. Says Rachel, “He has been a kept man ever since he wound up on my doorstep when he was 4 years old.”
Meet Buddy, a “Shorkie” (a Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix) that belongs to Sadiya in the Sales Department. Sadiya got him in Miami when he was 2 months old, and he was the runt of his family. According to Sadiya, “Buddy loves anything soft (blanket, carpet, etc.) and air conditioning. He has a lot of attitude, and really thinks he is a big dog. He is super-duper energetic, requires a lot of attention, and loves playing ball. Buddy also loves dressing up. He is a mamma’s-boy. I give him a Greenie every morning, and if I forget to give him one, he starts to whine until he gets it, like literally whine and run to the greenie box. We have to spell certain words, for example, W-A-L-K. If we say the word ‘’walk’’, then he runs to where all his clothes and leash are stored, and then starts to whine, because he thinks you are taking him for a walk.”
This is Hank, a handsome boxer who belongs to Sarah, in the accounting and financial department. Says Sarah, “He is wild yet loving, and likes to pose for pictures.” Perhaps Hank should consider a modeling career?
Meet Lily, a glamorous 1 year old “Chorkie” (Chihuahua-Yorkie mix) who belongs to Walter from the Trim Department in our Queens Warehouse. Lily is very chatty and says, “Hi! My name is Lily! I am very playful, but also very protective. I love to play tag, and my favorite food is vanilla ice cream. I love my family, and they love me too!”
Yvonne from the Sales Department has two adorable Jack Russell terriers, Charlotte and Bandit. Bandit will be 8 in October, and Charlotte is a little over a year old. Despite the age difference, they’re very good friends. Charlotte had a challenging start in life, as a very energetic puppy living in a small room in the Bronx for her first 7 months. Then Yvonne adopted her and brought her to the wide open spaces of Westchester County. Says Yvonne, “They are truly great dogs and love it when I come home in the evening. I cannot imagine my life without them.”
Introducing Gisel and Coco, who belong to Richard, our Operations Executive. Gisel (left) is a poodle mix and “runs the house,” according to Richard. Coco is a German Shepard, shares a birthday with Richard, and is “the sweetest girl you ever met.” Both dogs are seven years old. (Richard is not.)
This is Charlotte, who belongs to Bella in the sales department. Charlotte is a 13 year old pug and loves a good slice of ‘za!
Meet Toto, who belongs to Shannerri in the Customer Service department. Toto is very playful, loves all dogs (even the ones who want to eat him) and is scared of big trucks. Shannerri explains, “This is the face he makes when he can’t have what you’re eating.”
This is Tori, who belongs to Tanya, Hanky Panky’s Showroom Coordinator. Says Tanya, “On the weekends, my husband (Alan) takes Tori all over the neighborhood, in his coat. They have breakfast and run errands. He said that he has noticed that most of the people in the neighborhood are very religious because when they see him and Tori they inevitably say; “Oh My God!”. Yes, she is that cute!”
Meet Harry the dachshund. Harry is 11 years old and was adopted in 2007 by Luis, Hanky Panky’s Sample Room Manager, after his family reluctantly gave him up due to changes in their life circumstances. Harry is originally from Queens, and moved to Brooklyn in 2007. Harry is a jet-setting pup and travels frequently to Miami and has even traveled internationally to Central America! Like many dachshunds, Harry is VERY vocal when he wants something, and is relentless until he gets his way. His hobbies include riding in his favorite carrier bag, ‘counting’ his toys to make sure they’re all there, barking for treats, and sleeping.
Harry is also a survivor: a few years ago, he had an acute pancreatitis attack, and now lives with diabetes. However, he has not lost one bit of his spunk–Harry is as spirited (and vocal) as when he was a youngster.
And last, but not least, here’s Symba having a ball! (Literally!) Symba belongs to Bernaldo, Hanky Panky’s Executive Plant and Production Manager.
If you need more puppy love, and know that you have the space, time, and means to bring a dog into your life, why not take a trip to your local shelter and adopt a new best friend this National Dog Day?