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News and Information about Dogs, Cats, and Pet Products

If you’ve visited our Springbrook store recently, you may have already met Sammy in person. But if you follow Two Bostons on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or Instagram, you may have encountered Sammy’s pet expertise without even realizing it! Here’s our “Top Ten Team Member Tidbits” list, so you can get better acquainted:

Q: At which Two Bostons store do you work, and what type of role do you play on the team?
A: I work at our Springbrook store, and I’m also on the all-store Marketing Team. When it comes to our marketing efforts, I’m the community outreach coordinator and also help facilitate our social media presence. So I’m responsible for several of the posts and entries you may frequently come across on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Q: Do you have any pets at home?
A: Yes! I have a two year old Wheaten Terrier named Finn. He’s quite a picky eater, but he LOVES to chow down on Himalayan Dog Chews and Bully Sticks. He also loves to play, and enjoys playing with other dogs so long as they have good doggie manners. Plus he really likes hiking for hours, provided the weather’s just right. We affectionately call him “Finicky Finn.”

Q: What can you tell us about yourself?
A: I love to run. Even when there are months – or years – between lacing up, I always end up at it again. I also love trying other fitness activities like spin, kickboxing, yoga, and circuit training. Plus I enjoy crafting and creating art. I have a BFA in Interior Design, so I take any available chance to express my creativity.

Q: What first got you interested in working at Two Bostons?
A: I already had an offer from Ethan Allen as a full-time designer, when one day I stopped into Two Bostons to pick up some treats for Finn. While I was there I began chatting with the owners, AdreAnne an Andy. I knew I was looking for a job where I was truly happy and enthusiastic about going to work every day. AdreAnne mentioned that if the other opportunity didn’t work out, Two Bostons was always looking for energetic, pet-loving Team Members. I ended up turning the other job down, and I applied to Two Bostons the very next day! I started as a Springbrook Team Member in September 2013, and joined the Marketing Team in January 2014.

 

Wheaten Terriers

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers like Sammy’s sweet Finn (above, left) are known for their intelligence, energy, agility, and cheerful temperament. They’re an affectionate, people-oriented mid-sized breed. Stop by our Springbrook store, and Sammy can give you some great firsthand pet product insights!

 

Q: If you had to pick one “top favorite” Two Bostons product, what would it be?
A: Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried Dinners. From the very first bag, Finn has been hooked. He loves the Duck Duck Goose and Pheasant dinners. We use them as a kibble topper or as a full meal, depending on the day. This was also the miracle food that got Finn to eat EVERY meal — which had never before happened in his entire life! We love it!

Q: What’s your very favorite type of pet, and why?
A: I love all animals. Well okay, snakes give me the creeps — but I can still appreciate their beauty. My favorite pet, though, would have to be dogs. If I could, I would be the crazy dog lady down the street!

Q: What are some of your favorite pet-related activities and locations?
A: When the ground isn’t covered in 18 inches of snow or a solid sheet of ice, Finn and I love to run together. We usually run 2-3 miles, 3-4 days per week. We also love to walk through downtown Plainfeild, as well as Renwick Community Park. Additionally, we’ve visited the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien, which is lovely … though it can get very buggy in the summer time.

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: I grew up in Charlevoix, Michigan — a beautiful but very small tourist town in Northern Michigan. I miss it every day, and can’t believe I took it for granted when I lived there. In April 2013, we moved to Romeoville from Los Alamos, New Mexico. Los Alamos was an interesting adventure, but I’m glad to be back in the Midwest. Though I have to say our recent winter weather has been a bit much!

Q: What are some common cat and/or dog terms that describe your personality?
A: Loyal, protective, nap lover, snack lover.

Q: What’s the most helpful pet-related piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: That switching up foods is OKAY, and actually good for your dog! Growing up, our dogs ate the same kibble every day. I always thought that switching foods would make your dog sick. With my current pup Finn, we have 3-4 different foods in the house at any one time. I think he would have starved to death if I’d stuck with the idea of ONE single food.

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