Bentley – Dog of the Month

Bentley is the happiest Golden Retriever puppy you’ll meet! He loves to nap, play and gnaw on his peanut butter filled Kong.

From butterflies to wood chips, he’s a food vacuum to say the least. Bentley is also very patient and makes friends everywhere he goes!

His best friend is Bonnie the Yellow Lab who comes to the back door when she wants him to come out and play.

 

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Puppy sleep time.

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Yes – I am a water dog!

 

 

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Bentley all grown up

 

Made in the USA and Starbucks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past June Seattle based Starbucks threw the dogs a little bone and allowed us to fetch a giant rainbow flag to celebrate Pride week in Seattle.

Best of all, the flag was made in the USA! Not only did the flag look good but it made a huge splash in the local news.

Thanks go to Starbucks for supporting ZippyDogs a local woman owned small business.

Top Dog Attends the NGLCC National Conference

Recently Top Dog, Elise Lindborg traveled to Las Vegas to attend the National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Leadership conference.

More than 700 LGBT business owners, corporate decision makers, affiliate chamber leaders, and government partners descended on Las Vegas, at Caesars Palace for an amazing three days of educational sessions, top keynote speakers, world-class networking, and unforgettable special events designed to grow business and develop new connections.

As the current 2013-2014 NGLCC Supplier of the Year ZippyDogs sponsored the conference towels for a grueling 20 minute work out by a fellow gay business owner – Shaun T of Insanity. 

Check out how good the towels looked as participants walked into the opening session!
Everyone was thankful for their towels after Shaun T kicked some butts.

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ZippyDogs towels fill the conference hall!

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Elise sweats like she has not sweated in a long, long time!

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Shaun T checking Elise out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In addition to working her butt off at the opening conference session, Elise had the opportunity to introduce ZippyDogs to Fortune 500 Supplier Diversity reps that included Hilton Worldwide, the US Tennis Association, PG&E, Humana, Kellogg’s, Ameriprise, The Hartford, Nordstrom’s, Bank of America and many more businesses who understand the importance of supplier diversity.

If you are the owner of a LGBT business and want information on becoming a certified LGBT Enterprise, please email Elise – elise@zippydogs.com. She will give you the low down and help you through the process. Certification is well worth the effort as ZippyDogs has grown 25% every year since becoming certified in 2010. Your business will grow, you will meet amazing people and the conferences will open your mind to new ways of growing your business.

Made in USA and ZippyDogs

Great tour of Evans! Elise and Kelli went down to California (I know, any excuse to travel) and took a tour of our supplier’s manufacturing facility! Made in USA plastic – manufacturing, molding and printing. We loved this place – Evans Manufacturing!

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This shows raw plastic pellets, for translucent and opaque plastics, before they melt it down and add color.

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This picture shows a close up of colored opaque and translucent plastic scrap destined for the recycling bins.

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More of same – in the recycle bins. They reuse as much of plastic bits as they can, by mixing them in with another run of the same color plastic.  When the color bits get mixed together like in this picture, they can still reuse it. However, the result is a dark charcoal or black product. The end result is a 100% recycled plastic product.

Plastic Purge

This picture shows plastic that has been blown out of the lines of the injection molding machines. It it has to be done to prepare the machine for the next order.

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The is Elise Lindborg and the factory floor manager showing us how they recycle as much of the plastic as possible. Who knew playing in plastic could be so fun and artistic?

Here are some examples of the finished products created by Evans Manufacturing! USA Made and almost everything contains some recycled plastics. Evans – you rock… I mean, You Plastic!

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EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH – May 2014

Way to go Greg!

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Corn Dog wins the coveted title of Employee of the Month, only 3 months after joining the pack! When ZippyDogs decided to roll out a new way to thank our customers using a pack of cute little collectable dogs, Greg took the initiative to create a fun and interactive thank you program, including writing juicy back-stories on our little dogs!

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Visit our Facebook page to meet the little dogs and read all the torrid details released each month. And wait until you see what Spartacus has been up to! Thanks Greg for being an awesome addition to ZippyDogs. WOOF!

Greg in his photo shoot
After this photos session, Greg’s cat Loki would have nothing to do with him for days, until the stench of dog was gone.

 

DOG OF THE MONTH – May 2014

Dogs O’ the Month – Nuka & Sheena

Owner: Jocelyn McRae – Prestige Custom Builders (customer of ZD)

Hooooowwwwlll!  We are Nuka & Sheena, brother & sister Alaskan Malamutes.  We love to talk and howl; we only bark if something is really wrong.  Mom brought us home at 8 weeks old and has had her hands full ever since.  We are now 8 years old and are just figuring out that we are no longer pups.  What do you mean that we are WAY TOO BIG to be lap dogs?  Weighing in at 130 and 141 pounds we almost outweigh both our humans and can’t understand why they don’t want us on the furniture or trying to crawl onto their laps.

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Sheena (AKA: Princess) is a tan and white female malamute.  She is known to be human shadow who is happiest glued to her human’s side, on a pile of dirty laundry or curled up in the smallest space she can fit herself into.  She is the boss!  She steals Nuka’s toys and doesn’t even play with them, just lies on top of them.  But give her a soccer ball, or basketball and she is a four legged Pele’ until she gets her mouth around it and pops it. She can never get enough attention, petting, tummy rubs or hugs!

Nuka (AKA: Mr. Cool) is black & white and according to his owner is “too cool for school”! But if you don’t say hello to him he’ll give you an earful.  He loves to lounge around outside all day.  Everyone tells him he’s beautiful and it’s starting to go to his head.  When he’s being petted he wants people to hold his paw, as if they are supposed to kiss his ring like he’s a king.  But he doesn’t look very regal when he is laying around upside down; his gums flapping and with his feet straight up in the air!

These beautiful Malamutes go on long walks every day and are adored by their neighborhood fan base.  Rock on!

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Meet Gregory – a.k.a. Corn Dog!

Gregory Hunt, Corn Dog

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Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration in Marketing and Management.
Minor in Music from Eastern Washington University.

Specialties:

This dog brings to the pack over 20 years of customer service excellence in a variety of fields from retail, telecommunications, E-commerce and account management.

Pedigree:

Born in Hawaii and raised in Spokane, WA, this dog loves to brag about his ¼ Danish heritage! His breed is most like a Golden Retriever; happy, energetic, vocal and the ability to work well with humans!

Zippy Goes to Southeast Asia!

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Zippy and his little birds in Laos.

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Zippy travels down the Mekong river.

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Look out Zippy. Laos.

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Small Thai child captures Zippy in Chang Mai Thailand.

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Zippy takes a Tuk Tuk ride in Northern Thailand.

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Zippy enters Laos!

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Zippy in Japan.

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Zippy enjoys a Korean Beer. Yummers!

Watch the VIDEO of Zippy riding his beer dispenser!

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Zippy visits Cambodian police in Angkor Wat.

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH – February 2014

Kelli Sales Person of the Year 2013

Chili Dog has taken back the crown! Fueled by anger and resentment over her crushing defeat in 2012, Chili dominated sales in 2013. By taking the lead early in the year, she cowed the competition and continued her dominance month after month. “She started strong and stayed strong – I just don’t know what happened” mumbled loser Elise Lindborg. When asked to describe the best part of her win, Kelli Henderson barked, “Crushing Elise’s sales by over $70K – WOOF!”

Congrats again to Chili Dog – Salesperson of the Year!

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DOG OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2014

JOSIE

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Meet Josie, a beautiful and kind 7-month old Golden Retriever born in Arlington, WA.  At only 4 months of age, she had mastered “sit”, “down” and “high-five”.  But when she learned how to retrieve the morning newspaper, her owner knew she had a genius on her hands!

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Like most Golden Retrievers, Josie loves the water.  She is quite at home on the family boat and cruising on Lake Washington with the wind in her fur makes her tail wag!  She loves people and her ball with equal enthusiasm.

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Her go-to snacks are cheese, meatballs and oranges.  Oranges? Yes!  In fact, she will “spin” for her favorite treats.

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WOOF!