Our son’s company (Redtail Technologies <—–shameless fatherly plug) is well known as a very dog-friendly employer.
So much so that its Sacramento headquarters has its own dog park, employees are encouraged to bring their dogs to work each day and the firm is active on a variety of civic and charitable projects that focus on canines.
In fact, the company was named after our son’s red Golden Retriever, the much beloved Tucker, who passed away awhile back at a ripe 13 years of age. Tucker and Max loved each other and played well together despite a significant disparity in size and age.
Tucker’s successor is Jet more familiarly known as “Max’s Nemesis.”
Anyway, with all that as background, I guess I should not have been surprised that the company’s April 1 prank would involve a pupster.
On April Fools Day, Redtail Technologies published an “ad” that purportedly touted a new software feature that will permit clients to use their dogs’ paw print to authenticate user identity, in addition to the existing fingerprint verification.
I don’t know how many people were fooled. I hate to admit it but they got me. I was looking at the phony ad and thinking that must be the stupidest enhancement ever developed. Then I saw the date.
Max’s April Fools Day didn’t spark joy for the furbundle because it was grooming day.
He was even more miffed when he learned that his regular groomer, the lovely Miss Eileen, had called in sick. His replacement stylist was the equally lovely but far more extensively tattooed Miss Sabrina.
The Alpha Japanese Female was mightily concerned! The AJF did not know Sabrina nor had she seen any of Sabrina’s work. I asked the AJF, foolishly as it turns out, “what’s the worse that could happen? It’ll grow back.”
AJF: “At an appropriate time, you need to just shut up.”
AJF: “Right now would be an appropriate time”
As it turned out, we really liked the haircut that Sabrina gave to Max. He looks much younger with shorter ear hair and a shorter but fluffy tail.
For his part, Max claimed PTDG which apparently stands for Post Traumatic Dog Grooming, a condition that entitles him to extra share of bacon treats. He may have gotten some.