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by Compendium · 08.16.2018

Compendium’s Furry Friends

At Compendium, we love our dogs! They find their way under our desks, in our conference rooms, and into our hearts. They brighten our work days and are a big part of how we live inspired. In honor of National Dog Day, we’re sharing the pups of Compendium with you!


Meet Barley

Pet Parent:
Amelia, Senior Editor

How your dog got his name:
Barley was the name my grandmother gave him because he’s so small, like a little grain of barley.

Age:
We think he’s about 7 years old.

Breed:
Snorkie! He’s part miniature Schnauzer and part Yorkshire terrier.

Favorite game to play together:
Barley loves tug-of-war or “lean on feet while making noises and mouthing.”

Favorite place to play:
As long as it’s on a rug, he’s happy. Wood floors are no good.

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dog does:
He sings! He prefers a soprano voice with lots of vibrato. His go-to songs include “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “The Hills Are Alive” from The Sound of Music.

How has your dog added to your home?
Barley was my grandmother’s dog before she fell ill. My husband and I brought him to our home in July of 2014, just before we moved to our house in Lake Forest Park and were married later that year.


Meet Mason

Pet Parent:
Shannon, Production Coordinator

How your dog got his name:
His name is Mason. We were watching the movie The Rock and the name of one of the main characters is Mason. They kept yelling “Mason!” throughout the movie so we thought, “How about Mason?”

Age:
He is 10 years old.

Breed:
Maltese.

Favorite game to play together:
We love chasing him around the house and playing hide-and-seek.

Favorite place to play:
Home!

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dog does:
He rolls onto his back and puts his paws together like he’s praying.

How has your dog added to your home?
He brings laughter and joy to our home!


Meet Agnes

Pet Parent:
Toni, Controller

How your dog got her name:
Jenn (Agnes’s first mama and a Compendium team member) named her after the little girl Agnes in Despicable Me. If you ask my husband, he thinks her name is Sweetheart—it took me a while to figure out he wasn’t talking to me.

Age:
Agnes turned 6 on July 1. She had ice cream and loved it!

Breed:
She is a Schnauzer/Pomeranian/Poodle mix—or Sch-pom-poo for short!

Favorite game to play together:
She loves bubbles, fetch (sometimes with us fetching the ball for her), water sports (she’s an excellent swimmer), and hide-and-seek—although we always find her in the bathtub.

Favorite place to play:
She loves Renée’s house. (Renée is Compendium’s Chief Marketing Officer and Agnes’s godmother.)

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dog does:
My favorite is when she does her “zoomies.” All her energy and excitement is let out all at once and she explodes into The Flash, running everywhere, jumping on furniture, and zooming around corners. Don’t blink or you may miss it!

How has your dog added to your home?
Agnes lived on a sailboat for the first four years of her life. Her previous owner, Jenn, decided to go on an adventure of a lifetime sailing the world. Agnes couldn’t go, so my family asked if we could have her—she needed to stay with her Compendium family! It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. She is sweet, sassy, stubborn, determined, and acts like she’s 10 feet tall. Agnes is pure joy. She completes our family.


Meet Teddy

Pet Parent:
Chau, Customer Service Lead

How your dog got his name:
Teddy Ashley Roosevelt-Tran was named after the greatest American president. The name Ashley was given by my nephew; it’s a name connected to his favorite YouTube gamer. And Tran is my last name!

Age:
I adopted him from PAWS so they weren’t sure, but they think he’s 14 or 15 years old.

Breed:
Havanese.

Favorite game to play together:
We like to snuggle and then see who can nap the longest.

Favorite place to play:
Teddy loves being in our garden. Every afternoon he goes out to inspect the plants and vegetables that we’ve placed there. It seems as though he’s inspecting them for growth. Once he’s done inspecting, he lays down next to them and naps.

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dog does:
If Teddy doesn’t feel as if he’s received an adequate amount of love and affection, he’s sure to let us know. For example, if my boyfriend and I are watching TV on the couch or reading together, Teddy will jump up and squeeze himself into the space between us—no matter how small that space may be.

How has your dog added to your home?
Teddy brings so much hair and debris. He’s low to the ground so he drags in pinecones and brings them wherever he goes.


Meet Jack and Lulu

Pet Parent:
Nancy, Managing Editor

How your dogs got their names:
Jack came to us with his name intact. We already knew him and it never occurred to us to change it, partly because it perfectly captures his personality.

Lulu is the only being I’ve ever named myself. She was a rescue pup with the name Scruffy, which described her wiry coat. I instead wanted to focus on her scrumptious velvety soft ears and named her Velvet Sage. Lulu became a nickname of sorts for Velvet even before she came home to live with us.

Age:
Jack is a New Year’s baby, 14 this year. Lulu’s number is a bit more elusive. Like a film star of yore, her birth certificate isn’t definitive. We’ve given her several birthdays over the years but each puts her at about 7 years old right now.

Breeds:
Jack is a Westie/Yorkie/Dachshund mix (or West Yorkschund!) and has the softest fur ever. Lulu is a guess at Norwich terrier/Dachshund boasting a natural strawberry blonde Mohawk down her back.

Favorite game to play together:
Chase and tug-of-war! Lulu plays for fun but Jack plays to win.

Favorite place to play:
Jack loves to play anywhere there is a mole hole to sniff out and dig up. And Lulu’s favorite place is right next to her big brother, Jack.

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dogs do:
In the morning, Jack pounces on the top of my feet as he walks down the stairs with me heading toward his breakfast. Lulu likes to do several half jumps before getting up on the couch or bed as if she is practicing her jumping skills.

How have your dogs added to your home?
Jack changed me from a person who was afraid of dogs, crossing the street to avoid them, into a Jack lover, and then into a full-fledged animal lover. And there is no going back! When we brought a little sister home for him, we noticed that Jack taught Lulu how to be a dog and Lulu reminded Jack how to be a puppy!


Meet Scout and Boo Radley

Pet Parent:
Chelsea, Designer

How your dogs got their names:
Scout was named after Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. She is intelligent and (mostly) innocent. Boo Radley was named after Boo Arthur Radley, also from the book. He has a very weird and mysterious personality.

Age:
Scout is 10 years young—66 in dog years, so basically retired from fast movements, most toys, and long hikes. Boo Radley is 6 years old—35 in dog years, so old enough to have a job to pay for stuff he’s ruined in our apartment.

Breeds:
Scout is a Golden Retriever and Border Collie mix. Boo Radley is a Golden Retriever and Flat-Coated Retriever.

Favorite game to play together:
Scout’s favorite game? You cook, I drool. You eat, I stare.

Boo Radley’s favorite?
Hide-and-seek—I hide, he begins to panic.

Favorite place to play:
Scout’s favorite place is lifeless on the couch, bed, or in front of a fan. She can occasionally be caught rolling in anything that smells foul at the beach. Boo’s favorite is our 900-square-foot apartment or in water!

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dogs do:
Scout hops up and down steps with all her legs, like a rabbit. Boo Radley thinks he only weighs ten pounds (he weighs about 100). He loves sitting in laps, laying across people, and cuddling hard.

How have your dogs added to your home?
Scout has added love, but also free in-home security! Boo Radley brings lots and lots of energy, comedy, and his own personal home décor—we have multiple walls he’s chewed on!


Meet Muji

Pet Parent:
Megan, Managing Art Director

How your dog got her name:
Her full name is Muji Hopalong Blueberry Pancake. Muji is the name of a Japanese home goods store meaning “no name brand.” It’s a bit like calling my dog Ikea. Mu is a goof who skips everywhere, and loves blueberries and pancakes most of all.

Age:
She’s 7 years old.

Breed:
Boxer.

Favorite game to play together:
She likes to play car wash by walking in-between people’s legs to get rubs on both sides at once. She also loves to play with her cat sister, Cyan.

Favorite place to play:
Her greatest love is the beach where she can run free; she’s such an athlete.

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dog does:
Her all-time favorite toy is her Jolly Ball, which is actually a toy for horses! It’s huge.

How has your dog added to your home?
I’m a cat person. But knowing a dog has been amazing. It’s like I’ve been let in on a secret of life. The relationship is so ridiculous and lovely. Mu shares such a pure, happy heart with me. I’m so lucky.


Meet Beatrice and Petunia

Pet Parent:
Jessica S., Senior Account Manager

How your dogs got their names:
I had a dream about a little Frenchie that I found named Beatrice and the owners didn’t want her. Shortly after that we started looking for our dog and found her—she so perfectly fit her name that we knew she was the one.

Petunia had her name when we got her from the rescue group. She hadn’t had it long since she was found as a stray, so we thought about changing it but no other name fit her. She has a lot of nicknames though—Tunie, Tune-Tune, Tunie Marooney, and Nacho Feet.

Age:
Beatrice will be 9 years old in August. Petunia is around 8.

Breeds:
Beatrice is a Frenchie and Boston terrier mix.

We got a DNA test for Petunia and discovered she’s ¾ American Staffordshire terrier (basically a pit bull) and ¼ mutt with too many possibilities to narrow down. Before we got her we had no idea what having a pit bull would be like. But she is the sweetest and most gentle creature I’ve ever been around and we consider it our responsibility to show people what the other side of the stereotype looks like.

Favorite game to play together:
Beatrice is a big fan of tug-of-war—she gets quite fierce and super proud when she beats you. She is only 15 pounds so we let her win, but don’t tell her that! Petunia is a huge fetch fan. Show her a ball and nothing else in the world exists.

Favorite place to play:
Beatrice loves playing on slippery floors so she can run and slide. Petunia will play literally anywhere. She is the most easygoing dog in the world and can find a way to play anywhere you take her.

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dogs do:
Beatrice is the sweetest cuddler at night. She likes being under the covers so she will come up and start pulling the covers down until you lift them up and make room for her.

Absolutely everything about Petunia is lovable. She is very in tune with human emotions. If I make a sound out of frustration, sadness, or anger she runs to my side ready to comfort me. I can be in another room in the house and she will be right there with her big brown eyes and a sweet groan of worry. She is quite the empath.

How have your dogs added to your home?
Beatrice’s big personality adds such a vibrancy to our lives as well as some serious belly laughs. She is such a unique and interesting little dog that is always cracking us up.

And there is nothing in this world that can comfort me like a Petunia hug and the gaze of those sweet brown eyes. I believe this girl has added years to my life and she has changed it forever. I will continue to advocate for this misunderstood breed forever because of the pure and unconditional love this girl has shown me, and I hope that I will always have a pit bull in my life.


Follow these lovable dogs on Instagram using the hashtag #compendiumdogs.

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Reverse Trick-or-Treating

by Meredith · 11.08.2011

Most of us think of Halloween as a holiday for little ones--a day for kids to be enchanted with costumes and flickering candlelight and the prospect of free candy. But here at Compendium, we like to think of it a little differently. We think adults can get in on the fun. And since we're always on the lookout for ways to make each day more festive, we showed up to work last Monday looking like this:

After a morning of work and a potluck lunch, we set out to spread a little seasonal cheer by reverse trick-or-treating--giving away our books and journals to local businesses, pedestrians, neighbors, and passersby. We split up into four groups and headed out with baskets full of bright and inspiring treats to give away. We visited doctors' offices and cafes, retail stores, and banks...

and passed out goodies to cyclists, bus drivers, and people in their cars, waiting for the light to change.

We even tracked down a parking enforcement officer to share a little holiday joy.

Some people giggled and gave us high-fives. Lots of people needed to be convinced that we weren't selling anything. "No," we said, "we're reverse trick-or-treating. These surprises are for you." We got hugs from a stranger who was delighted to be given a gift with no strings attached. One woman from a dentist's office came out to thank us a second time and to tell us how much we'd touched her heart. Two women who had just spent their morning volunteering told us this was proof that the good you give to the world really does come back to you.

We returned to the office with empty baskets and stories to share. And in the spirit of sharing, we're passing this story on to you, along with a challenge to add a little unexpected joy to the world today. Your gesture can be a small one or something more extravagant. We'd love it if you'd share your ideas here. How will you add some joy and unexpected delight to someone's day? What can you do to pass it on?

 

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Celebrating Compendium Friends & Family

by Dan Zadra · 08.24.2011

A good friend of mine had a dream in which he saw himself as a gently glowing beam of light moving endlessly through a huge crowd. Wherever he went, the light made life brighter and happier for those he happened to touch. It was such a hopeful dream that he eventually decided to adopt that vision as his philosophy of life, and he was never the same again.

What a world this would be if you and I, and the people who live or work down the street, and across the hall, and around the world, suddenly decided to reach out more often and brighten our little corners of the world for friends and family.


That's what Compendium's annual Friends & Family event is all about. First, it's our way of saying a sincere thank you for being an active part of our online community. But it's also our way of inspiring you to reach out and inspire someone else, who in turn will reach out and inspire someone else, and so on down the line from heart to heart.

Think for a moment. Right now, there's a certain someone (or several certain someones) in your circle of friends and family who would welcome a little beam of inspiration, appreciation, or celebration in their world. The right card, book, or message from you--out of the blue--would make their day and light up their life.


What's the "right" card, book, or message for the person you have in mind? Don't worry; you'll know it when you see it. Spend some time on our website and let your heart make the choice. While you're there, enjoy our 30% Friends & Family discount with our compliments, including free ground shipping on orders that total $50 or more with the discount applied. Simply use code thankyou30 during step 2 of the checkout process. You can verify that your code has been applied during step 4.

From all of us here at Compendium, thank you so much for being our customer and friend--and for lighting up your corner of the world.

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