Avvo is a dog-friendly workplace, and we love to celebrate the office companions who make our days more fun! Inside Avvo will be featuring a different Avvo dog every month for the balance of 2017.
Murphy and Amy Parsons
When did you get Murphy and where did you get him from?
After I bought a house, I decided it needed a dog. I saw Murphy’s photo on a rescue site and thought he was the most adorable thing ever. When I applied to be considered for adoption, I learned that he had Parvo and was no longer available. Knowing that many puppies die of Parvo, I kind of gave up on my search. A few weeks later I was browsing the site and saw him again. Extremely excited, I set up a meeting. When I met him I knew I had to adopt him. The foster lady then brought him for a home visit in March 2012 and he never left.
How did you decide on his name?
At one of my college jobs there was a regular customer whose last name was Murphy and a lot of his friends called him “Murph.” For some reason I decided that it would be a great name for a dog and when I met Murphy, it really fit. Even more so after all of the crazy predicaments he got into as a puppy.
How often do you bring him to work?
I bring him a few days a week. Sometimes I need “me” time.
What’s his favorite treat?
He loves peanut butter. As soon as I turn the lid on the jar he’s right at my feet.
What about Murphy makes you smile?
He’s full of personality and super sneaky. (For example, making me get up to pick up a ball that is across the room from me but right in front of his face instead of picking it up and bringing it to me.) What’s best about him, though is his ability to make other people smile.
What is your favorite thing to do together?
This is probably a tie between hiking and (dog-friendly) beach walking. Unlike our walks around the city, he’s always out ahead of me and seems to have endless energy when we’re on the trail or beach. And he loves “rescuing” floating sticks, seaweed, or anything else he sees floating offshore. That part isn’t always my favorite, however. I once had to jump in the sound to rescue him from his rescue efforts.
If Murphy were a person, who would he be?
I can’t think of any one person who captures all of his personality. When I asked my sister she suggested Patton Oswalt, because they’re both short, stubby, and funny.