In Brazil, a Labrador has landed a job at a gas station where he was found abandoned in.
Meet Negão! This black Labrador has been working as a guard dog and welcoming committee to the employees, owners, and customers of a Shell gas station in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil. And boy, he sure is doing a great job!
When Sabrina Plannerer and husband Fernando Bonelli Braga bought the gas station two years ago, they were surprised to get a little more than they paid for. According to Sabrina, they came across a full-grown black dog roaming in the rubble while the station was still under construction. They believed the poor dog had been abandoned by his owner. When they found Negão, he was full of ticks and fleas. The couple could not find it in their heart to shoo him away or send him to the pound. Ultimately, Sabrina decided to take in the Labrador and name him Negão.
“We adopted him immediately and got him all the care animals need,” Sabrina told The Dodo. “We took him to the vet to get vaccinated and de-wormed. We bought him food, a dog house, and a leash to take him on walks.”
And when the gas station finally opened, the sweet Labrador ended up getting a job in it. At first, Sabrina and her husband were worried that he might run away to the road and how he would react with the traffic of customers, but Negão proved to be a perfect fit for the job. He stayed in the gas station’s area and always greeted customers with a warm smile. He even has his own company ID and wears the station’s official cap.
“Negão waits for people to arrive, and then goes up to say hello, winning them over with his charms,” Sabrina said. “Customers love him. Some people even bring him toys.”
Aside from being well-fed and receiving veterinary care, Sabrina also makes sure the Labrador gets enough exercise and socialization. Sabrina or another employee at the gas station takes Negão on walks through town for exercise daily. The gas station is also manned 24/7, so someone is always looking after the industrious and adorable working pooch.
The black Labrador has made so many friends that he has become a poster-pup for a local charity Grupo FERA, who has an initiative to match stray dogs with business establishments in the event that they cannot find a traditional home.
“It’s been sensational, encouraging people to have more respect for animals,” a spokesperson from Grupo FERA told The Dodo. “And workers enjoy having the companionship of a 4-legged colleague.”
Now, Sabrina hopes her beloved Negão’s story will influence more establishments to employ doggie workers or mascots too.
What do you think? Sounds like a great idea, right?