At Prime Advertising and Design, our office is full of energy, creativity, ingenuity, and personality. It’s the people that make a company great, and in our case, our family includes an office dog, Tank. For many years, Tank has been part of daily life here at Prime, and for both coworkers and clients alike, he has been that old reliable friend each and every day.
Whether he’s yawning through morning meetings, making his rounds for butt rubs, or dozing off in a sunny spot in the afternoon, Tank has contributed greatly to the inviting culture in our office. New clients who have scanned the staff page on our website will often ask if we truly have an office dog. What they’re really asking is if they can meet Tank, and when they do, we always gain a new client. Our sales team likes to call him “The Closer.”
At our office barbecue last summer, I had just finished grilling and was walking past Tank with a platter full of burgers and chicken. The smells of the seasoning had the entire office out of their chairs and following me into the lunchroom, but there sat Tank as I walked by, lounging in the sunlight in his doggy bed, relaxed as could be. He just sort of looked up at me like, “Yep, I’ll be here if there are any leftovers.” He was never short on patience and was always respectful.
So it was with a very heavy heart that Tank’s owner, Roclyn, shared the news that his health was deteriorating. He had been suffering from a form of non-regenerative anemia, which made it hard for him to breathe. In the process of trying to figure out what was causing the anemia, doctors discovered that he had a mass (they believed was most likely cancerous) that had formed on his liver. This caused him to have fluid build-up in his abdomen. Sadly, additional complications resulted in Roclyn having to make the most difficult decision a pet owner faces.
In dog years, Tank was 56, which is simply too young to pass along to the Milk-Bones in the Milky Way. It goes without saying that he will be greatly missed by our family here at Prime, as well as all of our outstanding clients who got to know him, most of whom ending up rubbing his belly.
And ya know, one thing about Tank – he always had a way to get everyone to rub his belly.