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While all our Muddies are proud dog and cat experts, some are talented artists as well. In the moments between have conversations with customers and stocking shelves, these gifted Muddies bring plenty of fun, color and information to the chalkboards in our stores. Click through to see some of our favorite Mud Bay dog and cat chalkboard art displays!
“Show What You Know sections aren’t about memorizing answers; it’s about learning how to synthesize different information depending on your audience,” explains Learning and Development Specialist Maggie Nelson. “Muddies learn to blend what they learn from senior staff members, training, and evidence-based online sources to formulate solution-based answers to common questions.”
Seeing Santa is a holiday tradition for many families. But people with pets may not be able to find a Santa who’s willing to listen to the wishlist of the four-legged family members. That’s why many Mud Bay store managers commit to hosting Santa photo events in their stores at least once a year. These events have a Santa willing to listen to your pet’s wishlist and pose for a photo commemorating the occasion.
Mud Bay stores build relationships with local shelters all year long. And in November, they choose one to three charities to feature with their in-store Giving Tree. Customers choose what they’d like to give to the featured shelters. The Muddies in each store collect the gifts, and then the shelters pick up the gifts that help them do their valuable work all season long.
“I think if you’re genuinely saying in your heart, ‘yes, I want to be an ally to this minority’ the first thing I’d say is: Thank you,” says three-year Muddy Sam Morin. “We appreciate it. We appreciate every voice we can get who’s going to stand up for us in any different scenario or any location and is going to say, ‘This isn’t okay, and here’s why.'”
The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County was one of our first shelter partners at Mud Bay, and we’ve consistently admired the work they do. Not only do they endeavor to find pets the right homes, but they also work to help the welfare of all animals throughout the community.
Pride month is done, but there are Pride parades in July if you’d still like to attend. Muddies will be at the Tacoma and Bellingham pride festivals, so if you’re planning on visiting, please stop by. For the third part of our series, we asked two Muddies to talk about their hopes for the future of Pride, the community and our society.
June is Pride month. And in honor of the L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ community, we’ll be highlighting some stories from Muddies about Pride and their hopes for the community. For the second part of our series, we asked two Muddies to talk about what Pride means to them.
We’re so excited to be opening a second store in Bend, Oregon. Lots of Muddies already love Bend for its hundreds of miles of mountain-biking trails and its thousands of acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain. But even if you don’t love the great outdoors—the 300 days of sunshine to enjoy all Bend has to offer—there’s still plenty to do. This small Oregon city has plenty of breweries, restaurants, wineries and theaters to make even the grayest days more fun.