Sarge wakes up early and heads to work with his mom, Jennifer Gibbs. He and his associates work at the insurance restoration company All Phase in Littleton, Colorado.
When Sarge is in the office, he is the picture of professionalism.
Sarge doesn’t wear a suit because the 8-year-old shepherd mix wouldn’t be comfortable! After all, he couldn’t wait to take off his skeleton costume at the office Halloween party.
Sarge does have many important duties around the office. While his mom is busy doing accounts payable, Sarge helps with workplace morale and acts as a mascot for the team.
“Sarge enjoys going to work and greeting his coworkers, delivery people and meeting the children and furbabies of my coworkers,” Gibbs said. “He loves car rides and going on errands, from doctor appointments to shopping at Home Depot. More people know and recognize him than any of my coworkers or family members!”
The Gibbs’ family adopted Sarge as a 7-week-old puppy from a rescue in Brighton, Colorado, called Lifeline Puppies. He was turned over to animal control by a backyard breeder who could not afford to care for him. Sarge did not have an easy start in life, but since being adopted by the Gibbs family, he has shown his love and appreciation every day. “If you ask any member of my family who their favorite relative is, they will say Sarge,” Gibbs said. “We didn’t pick Sarge so much as he chose us.”
Sarge likes to assist his mom in important ways not everyone sees. In April of 2015, Gibbs suffered a traumatic brain injury and broken back as a result of a mountain biking accident. Only two years later, Sarge is indispensable when it comes to helping his mom cope with side effects of the injury, including anxiety, and chronic pain and migraines.
When Gibbs is having a hard day, Sarge is always there to give a quick snuggle. “Sarge helps me [be] active and helps me stay calm and collected,” Gibbs explained. “He doesn’t understand why I get upset or why I am in pain, but he knows when something is wrong and he sits by me, lays his head in my lap and gives me kisses, which makes everything seem better.”
Sarge would occasionally visit the office, before Gibbs’ injury, but now he is a dependable presence, offering support and companionship to all. Sarge is very protective when it comes to his work family as well as his home family. He does what he can to cheer people up. “Even when our coworkers are having a tough go of things, they sit by Sarge, and he listens to them and makes them feel better,” Gibbs said.
Sarge does not get an end-of-year performance review, but it was clear he had done a stellar job in 2017. When it came time to hand out the holiday bonuses, Gibbs’ bosses decided to do something special for the pup who means so much to so many. Something they knew that the rescue dog would enjoy…
“Every year they provide our entire office with a holiday bonus in the form of a card with a handwritten message of gratitude and a cash bonus,” Gibbs explained. “Since Sarge has been coming to work so much this last year, they decided to give him a ‘bone-us’ as well in the form of a handwritten card and a $50 gift certificate to PetSmart.”
“They had never done this before, and although the gesture was unexpected, it was not at all surprising as they love Sarge and have always been very generous toward him,” Gibbs noted. “They even keep treats in their offices for him!”
Gibbs was touched by the thoughtful gesture and posted a photo of Sarge and his gift to Reddit. The post, within hours, amassed over 24,000 upvotes and almost 300,000 views spreading holiday cheer and goodwill across the internet.
Sarge used his bonus to buy bully sticks and chewy treats, his favorites.
Gibbs encourages everyone to think about adding a new member to their family, by giving a dog in need the home he deserves. “If someone is unable to adopt a pet, we hope that they would consider fostering or even donating their time or funds to a reputable rescue,” Gibbs added.
Even donating a package of treats to a local rescue can brighten a dog’s day!
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