Friday, September 30, 2016

How do they get along?

I get asked a lot "do your dogs get along with your kids" or "Do your kids get along with your dogs?" The answer is YES. There is definitely a mutual love :-)

From the day we brought our first child, Jeffrey, home from the hospital, the dogs loved him. We were sure to introduce them on neutral ground first so they could bring the new baby home with us. We think this worked well. You can read about that experience here. 

With Annie, we didn't plan time for that because we were rushing the day I came home from the hospital. We requested an early morning discharge so Mike could drive me and the new baby home as quickly as possible so he could rush back to the office to meet with some people that flew in for a meeting. Mike dropped us off, gave us both a kiss, threw on a blazer, and rushed off to the office. So, our dog meeting with Annie was a little less planned. The dogs ran up to Annie, smelled her a little, then laid down on the floor next to us. Not too amused. However, when she started to cry the first time, Mylie was very concerned and ran over to see what was making all that noise.

Mylie and Watson are very protective of the family. If we're ever home without Michael, the dogs will bark and even growl if someone comes to the door. If Michael is home with us, they greet guests with kisses and wagging tails, but if he's not home, they go into guard-dog mode. It's very sweet.

Before we had kids, both dogs slept in bed with us. After Jeffrey was born, Watson started sleeping at the end of the hallway that leads to our bedrooms. I think it's his guard-dog spot. The first few nights after we transferred Annie from her bassinet to her own room, Watson slept right next to her crib.

Every day we need to tell Mylie and Watson that they can not lick the kids (especially Annie), and Jeffrey gets a little frustrated when they run to greet us when we come home and nearly knock him over.

As Jeffrey gets older, he's able to play with the dogs more and that's pretty fun. He also likes to help with bath time- as shown here in our superman dog wash. The dogs are so great and have always been super gentle with the kids.

So yes, they all get along. If I had more time and more space and more money, i'd have two more (of each!)

As I write today, Mylie is doing that "golden retriever flip" where she sits next to me and demands I pet her head if I stop and go back to writing, she flips my arm up with her nose.

Alright...signing off for now to go pet Mylie.

Happy Friday!
Susie

Thursday, September 22, 2016

It's a dog-friendly office

Kyle
Nearly 90% of employees believe a dog-friendly work environment improves employee morale. (According to a study conducted by Banfield). We certainly see the impact at Protege Biomedical. 

A dog-friendly environment is said to be a way to encourage conversation, relieve stress, provide flexibility (no rushing home to let the dog out), and a huge way to attract and retain millennials. The statistics on dog-friendly workplaces are fascinating.  

I never really thought about having a dog-friendly office, until we started Protege Biomedical. Prior to this, I was at Wells Fargo downtown Mpls and Michael as at 3M HQ. We had security badges, I took the bus, and we both worked in "cubeville" with hundreds of other people on the same floor. We never dreamed of anyone bringing a pet to work.

Heidi with Mylie and Watson

When we signed our first lease for Protege Biomedical HQ (you know, HQ that isn't our basement or garage...) We saw that one of our neighbors walked their dog during lunch. I immediately got excited, realizing that we could bring our dogs to work. We don't bring our dogs everyday, because they tend to harass our guests begging to be pet and leave them with a complimentary wardrobe coating of white fur, but they do get to come most Fridays, and some other days during the week if we don't have a lot of meetings.

Right now, on most days, we only have 5 or 6 people in the office on Fridays. Heidi, Kyle, Karen, Mike, Me, and sometimes Dr. Carl. Heidi LOVES the dogs. Sometimes I look outside my office and see she's moved her computer to the floor so she can be closer to them. Kyle loves them too and likes to pick Mylie up and carry her like a baby. Karen is a cat gal. She likes the dogs, but her companion of choice is a cat. Even though we don't often find Karen on the floor with the dogs, She's always first to make sure the dogs have fresh water. Carl works in the lab, so if he's here working, we just keep the hairy dogs in another room, so we don't end up with hairy experiments (we do have another lab in St. Paul that we use when we work with blood or run any official experiments- our lab in this office is just for initial prototypes and bench testing) 
Carl, Kyle, Heidi, and Karen
Most of the time, Mylie and Watson lay outside my door. One typically right by my desk and the other in the entry. If I go to the conference room, they follow. Sometimes one will be in my door and one will be in Michael's. 

When Annie was just a little baby, I brought her to work a lot. A surprising change in Mylie and Watson happens when Annie is in the office. Typically they greet the UPS and FedEx guys with kisses, but when Annie is here they bark! First time we've ever heard them bark at the office. They (especially Watson) are especially protective of her. 
Mylie is hiding under the table
Kyle, Heidi, Carl, and even Karen know they can bring their pets to work, but so far it's just been Mylie and Watson. Heidi's rescue dog is working on good behavior, and when Heidi is ready, she will bring him in too.

We love having our furry friends in the office at least once per week. It adds an element of fun.  

If you're interested in more info on transitioning your office into a pet-friendly environment, here is a link to good website I found. Obviously, this process is more difficult if you have a larger company, but for a small start-up like ours, it hasn't been a problem. 

Until next time! 
-Susie 





Friday, September 16, 2016

Welcome Back!

Hi there! Welcome (or welcome back) to the Adventures of Mylie and Watson! 
This blog was started as a place to write down some of the funny stories about our dogs, Mylie and Watson. Since I started it back in 2010, my husband, Mike, and I started a medical device company with a new hemostatic (blood stopping) technology that we invented in our kitchen. Fast forward 6 years, we now have a patent on this technology, investors, an office, employees, lots of clinical trail data, and we're working on getting the product cleared for humans. 

We launched the product in 2012 for animals and named it ClotIt. Now we have several versions of this for animals, and more coming soon.

So how does all this relate back to Mylie and Watson? Well besides the obvious (they are dogs, we have a product for dogs...) We have a dog friendly office and we bring the two gremlins in at least once per week. They continue to be a source of joy for us, and now also for our employees. 

I'm going to start blogging on average once per week again sharing stories of life with Mylie and Watson, their visits to the office, life at home with two little kids, etc. I'll also throw in some company updates about ClotIt, first aid tips for animals, and other industry things that might be helpful. 

Life has been an adventure! A lot has changed for us since 2010. Here's a top 10 list of all that has happened so you can get caught up with the Adventures of Mylie and Watson in all the time I've been away: 

Annie
1) At home, Mylie and Watson welcomed their new (human) baby sister, Annie. Annie is 6 months old and she and her 4 year old brother just love the dogs.  
2) Mylie and Watson got a new office (well, we got a new office, but they sure think they own the place!) Mike and I both quit our "day jobs" at 3M and Wells Fargo
Their "happy place" 
and work full time now at our start-up med device company, Protege Biomedical (side note: our board keeps telling me we're not a start-up anymore, but I can't seem to stop calling it that). 
3) Mylie has perfected her amateur dock jumping skills and Watson has perfected his lazy ball-stealing retrieval methods. (He lets Mylie run and get the ball, then steals it from her when she's 10 feet from me and brings it to me like he retrieved it. Watson, you're not fooling anyone...)
4) Mylie continues to be a counter surfing champ and has managed to eat several entire pizzas, a pan of cinnamon rolls on Christmas, a batch of cookies, a few diapers, several loaves of bread, a bag of cereal, some protein powder, a couple of chicken breasts, anything Jeffrey will secretly feed her, some french fries, a jar of peanut butter, and a plate of spaghetti to name a few. You'd think we're just downright negligent with her, but I swear, she's got a food-stealing gift. She's innocent as can be and doesn't even beg at the table, but as soon as you turn your back, anything she can find she thinks is fair game. 
5) Mylie and Watson have been featured in the ClotIt marketing materials- they are so proud... 
6) The dogs have found their "happy place" up north at our friend's cabin 
7) Mylie became a ClotIt testimonial when she impaled her foot with a wire she found in the yard 
8) Watson recovered from two bad cases of hot spots and skin allergies (likely brought on by those lake visits to his "happy place"). 
9) Both dogs continue to be hairy monsters that leave evidence of their hairy existence everywhere they go. Hair is EVERYWHERE!!! 
10) Mylie and Watson are still spoiled. Even with 2 kids now and a company to run, I still consider them my first "kids". They still get birthday parties, still sleep in our bed, and I still buy them toys and treats like they are my only children. 

So long for now! 
-Susie W.