iOS app Android app More

Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors
Bryce Longton


A Startup's Best Friend

Posted: 05/30/2012 3:34 pm

It's Wednesday and you deserve puppy photos. Here are five four-legged office comrades we've seen at startups around town.

Loading Slideshow...
  • Tommy the Pomeranian

    Name: Tommy The Pomeranian Age: 10 Years Old Weight: 5 lbs (6 lbs on holidays) Company: <a href="" target="_hplink">Tumblr</a> (Flatiron, NYC) History: A former show dog from South Carolina. After working the circuit, he made his way up north where he appeared on Animal Planet’s Dogs 101. Upon retiring, he took an interning job at Tumblr where he keeps things loose. Weekend pursuits include parachuting, dancing, and space exploration. Follow him <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>. Favorite Drink: Seltzer, hold the bubbles. People’s first Impression: That he’s a stuffed toy. Favorite Song: Islands – Two Dogs Favorite Movie: He’s a dog, he doesn’t watch movies.

  • Spanky

    Name: Spanky Breed: Chihuahua Age: 10 Years Old Weight: 8.5 lbs Company: <a href="" target="_hplink">Wakefield</a> (Soho, NYC) History: Born in Los Angeles and moved to New York in 2007. He loves hiking off leash and the beach. Now spends his days sleeping, tabletop, here in the ol’ Bureau. Typical Saturday: Walking along the Hudson. Favorite Snack: Shredded chicken Hidden Talent: Pure, unadulterated vert. This fella can jump nearly five feet in the air. Not shabby for a 70-year-old. People’s first Impression: They love (or fear) his underbite and big googly eyes. Some say he looks like Ren from the Ren & Stimpy show.

  • Freya

    Name: Freya Breed: Mastiff Age: 4.5 Years Old Weight: 130 lbs Company: <a href="" target="_hplink">Sum(all)</a> (Soho, NYC) History: Named after a Norse goddess. Been walking to work with Sum(all) founder Dane Atkinson since she was a puppy. They walk over the Williamsburg bridge to Soho. Favorite Trick: Shredding boxes and playing dead. Little Known Fact: Was trained as a therapy dog. People’s first Impression: Shock and awe. She’s HUGE (and sweet).

  • Champ

    Name: Champ! Short for Champagne (full name used sparingly, when the setting warrants) Breed: French Bulldog Age: 72 days Weight: 6.5 lbs of pure puppy power Company: <a href="" target="_hplink">Chartbeat</a> (Meatpacking District, NYC) Title: COO (Chief Organization Officer) Champ is in charge of keeping things in order around the Chartbase. For instance, he always puts all of his toys away on his day bed when he’s done playing with them, and he encourages that of everyone in the office – whether pup or engineer. Guilty Pleasure: Miller High Life, the Champagne of Beers Most Embarrassing Thing He’s Willing to Admit: For a peanut butter treat, he’ll let people call him “Baby” and pretend that he likes it. Nemesis: The bath towel

  • Calvin

    Name: Calvin Justusson Breed: Border Terrier / Chihuahua Age: 2 years, 7 months Weight: 10lbs Company: <a href="" target="_hplink">ADstruc Inc.</a> (SoHo, NYC) Twitter: <a href="" target="_hplink">@GoodBoyCalvin</a> Typical Work Day: First, a morning walk over the Manhattan Bridge — he keeps the Q train running on time by barking excessively at it (you’re welcome, citizens). At the office he checks the perimeter, spread his toys around, and tries to coerce someone (anyone) to refill his Kong. After a nap in his office chair, it’s a whirlwind of meetings, warning the team about deliveries, tweeting, and peanut butter. He’s lobbying for ADstruc to do a Skippy billboard. Foursquare Check-ins on the Manhattan Bridge: 193 and counting When it rains: Uber. Gotta ride in style. Favorite Person: Anyone he’s ever met (with the exception of the mailman) Likes: Peanut butter, squirrels, cuddling, parkour Dislikes: The doorbell, frying pans

  • Unknown Pup!

    **Bonus pup. He’s been spotted getting passed around in the WeWorkLabs space on Varick. We don’t know him, but if you do, <a href="" target="_hplink">send us a cable</a>!

Now go forth (and find an ear to scratch).

Get Wakefield. Startup Stories Daily.


Follow Bryce Longton on Twitter: