Tasker's Human: Colleen McCracken, CEO
Favorite Planet Dog Toy: Orbee-Tuff® Snoop
Personality in one word: Protective
Tasker is the kick-off of our 20th Anniversary Year Blog Series on meeting the dogs behind Planet Dog. Small and big, shy to boisterous, puppies to old souls – these dogs represent what drives our work, every single day!
Tasker is a big personality in a tiny Yorkshire Terrier body. On Wednesday mornings, the weekly Planet Dog staff meeting doesn’t begin until Tasker makes his full circuit of tabletop walking to say hello to each and every employee with a kiss and a nod. Clearly, this is Tasker’s world, and we’re all just living in it!
“He’s a lap dog and a love bug, but also has a lot of attitude. We call him the little Napoleon of the office!” –Colleen McCracken, CEO of Planet Dog.
Tasker joined Colleen’s family five years ago. Still mourning the loss of their beloved family golden retriever Max, Colleen wasn’t looking for a dog, but fate (and a road-side sign for Yorkshire Terrier puppies!) brought Tasker and Colleen together.
Tasker takes on many roles for Colleen and her fiancé Norm. Since their kids are grown and out of the house, Tasker is an incredible companion to them both. His loyalty, attachment and protection of Colleen and Norm is evident in first meeting Tasker – he is a fierce little protector of his humans!
Q&A With Colleen on Tasker:
What is the most important thing Tasker has taught you?
CM: Understanding the levels of empathy that a dog can truly have. Tasker is so intuitive with myself and Norm. He exudes an unconditional love for us both. He has also taught me patience! Tasker has a lot of personality, which isn’t always easy to keep in check!
What can you say about the overall dog personalities in the office?
CM: In so many ways it’s just like humans. Each have their own personality and sometimes a dog is having a good or a bad day, just like us! The dynamic often changes depending on who and what other dogs are in the office as well.
Dogs also adapt extremely well to their environment. The diversity of our dogs and their personalities is deeply important to what we do as a company. We’re developing products for ALL dogs. And the ability to see daily how the dogs in the office interact and play with each other is critical to what we do.
Plus – it adds so much laughter to the office
How do having dogs in the office affect the overall culture?
CM: Even with rambunctious moments, dogs provide an opportunity to release anxiety and find calm in an office environment. It’s a type of work therapy for our employees here. We’re dog people to start, so having our four-legged companions next to us during the work day helps us to be the best Planet Dog employees we can be. Dogs are just a natural part of our culture.