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July 15, 2017

Rachael Rufino

Pet Series: Meet the Dogs of ThinkFun

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 You may have seen them in our Instagram posts.  You may have also noticed that one of them was appointed Cheif Executive 'Paw-fficer' this past April.  Our company would not be where it is today without the loyalty, support, and enthusiasm from our beloved pets.  In our latest blog post series, we open up our company doors to give fans a chance to meet the dogs of ThinkFun!


 

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"The ball... it's too far..."

Pet's name:  Ramsey (nickname Rama-lama-ding-dong)

Pet's Human: Mike, Director, Marketing

Favorite food:  Ramsey loves all food, but his special treat is to get a platter full of steak juice after the steak is eaten.

Favorite activity:  He loves to swim!

If your pup had a favorite ThinkFun game, what would it be and why:  Ramsey's favorite ThinkFun game would be Rush Hour Jr because he really likes being in the car and Rush Hour Jr has an ice cream truck.

Back story and fun facts:  Ramsey is the official mascot of ThinkFun!  On April Fools Day, he served as the company's Chief Executive 'Paw-fficer.'  You may also recognize him from his company puppy picture.  When he isn't running the company, Ramsey eats grass and sticks.

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"Mama, have you taken my picture yet?"

Pet's name:  Maya (a.k.a Maya the Wolfdog)

Pet's Human: Kelly, Graphic Designer

Favorite food:  String Cheese.

Favorite activity:  Howling with her daddy.

If your pup had a favorite ThinkFun game, what would it be and why:  Maya's favorite game would be Yoga Spinner because she likes a good stretch after naps.

Back story and fun facts:  She was named after American architect, Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located in D.C.  Maya occassionally visits the office and no one can resist her when she's dressed and ready-to-go in ThinkFun gear!  Her howl is also adorable.

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"If this picture gets out, I'll lose all my street cred."

Pet’s name:  Taco

Pet's Human: Natalie, Project Manager, Sales

Favorite food:  Everything except dog food.

Favorite activity:  Being lazy and sleeping.

If your pup had a favorite ThinkFun game, what would it be and why:  Fold It (coming soon!), because he loves all food and he would get excited looking at the pictures. 

Back story and fun facts:  Taco was adopted from the shelter when he was three and lived on the streets his whole life.  Because of this, it took him a while to get used to living in a home.  He liked to growl when his family did something he didn’t like!  He’s gotten much sweeter over the years and is a just a lazy boy.  Now, he doesn’t really like other people except his family and he doesn’t like other dogs.  He thinks he’s able to fight German shepherds and pit bulls.  He’s the fam's seven pound tough guy.  You can take a dog out of the streets, but you can’t take the streets out of the dog!

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"Be still when mom holds up the click flash thing. CHEESE!"

Pet's names:  Sniper, Cowboy, MinnieMo, and Daisy Mae

Pets' Human: Brenda, Assistant Inventory Planner

Favorite food:  All eat Eukanuba dog food and all love CHEESE and can hear the wrapper from anywhere in the house.

Favorite Activity:  Sniper loves running in an open field, Cowboy loves wading in the water at a pond or lake but in his older age loves handing out on the shore, MinnieMo love to try climb trees and chase squirrels, and our former foster dog Daisy Mae loves chewing  (she actually chewed the plastic out of the bottom of her crate) hopefully with her permanent owner she has taken up a different favorite.

If your pup had a favorite ThinkFun game, what would it be and why:  Sniper's favorite would be Fidgitz because he loves to be active, Cowboy would play Wave Breaker since he loves the water, MinnieMo's favorite would be Visual Brainstorms because she is very smart, and Daisy Mae would be a big fan of Chocolate Fix because she would love to eat all the pieces!

Back story and fun facts:  These are all Brenda's grand doggies and they're rescues.  Sniper has a mysterious scar on his back, was dumped as a puppy, and had heart worms- but his treatment was paid for by K9 for Veterans.  He is now a certified service dog and passed with flying colors!  Cowboy was rescued by her daughter when he was four months old and became her son-in-law's service dog.  After a career of more sleeping than working, he is now happily retired.  MinnieMo was the runt of her litter and needed a home.  She's now the smartest dog Brenda has ever had and will soon be 15 years old.  Diasy Mae was fostered by her daughter and son-in-law for about a year.  She was then adopted by a gentleman who sends them pictures of her from time to time.

 

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"Sun's out, tongues out."

Pet’s name:  Paco Alejandro Smith

Pet's Human: Jasmine, Layout Designer

Favorite food:  Anything  Jasmine is eating (all human food, except lettuce).

Favorite activity:  He loves playing with his strawberry toy or chewing on chicken wrapped rawhide bones.

If your pup had a favorite ThinkFun game, what would it be and why:  Paco's favorite ThinkFun game would be Fidgitz because he can’t ever seem to sit still.

Back story and fun facts:  Jasmine wants the world to know, "I LOVE HIM!"

 

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"Things on our head.  This is very important to mom."

Pet’s names:  Scooba Steve and Cider

Pets' Human: Kathy, Product Designer

Favorite food:  Scooba Steve loves rostisserie chicken and once stole an entire chicken, eating bones and all!  Surprisingly the vet said he was completely fine afterward.  Cider's favorite food is butter.  He likes to steal butter from the fridge and hide it in the sofa cushions.

Favorite activity:  Scooba Steve enjoys being surrounded by people, while Cider loves swimming and jumping in puddles.

If your pup had a favorite ThinkFun game, what would it be and why:  Scooba Steve's favorite ThinkFun game would probably be Code Master because he's way too smart.  Cider's favorite game would be Roll & Play, because he chases the cube around when you roll it!

Back story and fun facts:  Scooba Steve wears a different costume every Halloween!  He even won a photo contest in his Chewbacca costume.  He recently made an appearance on our Instagram. Cider is a border collie & Australian shepherd so he loves herding other dogs, including Scooba Steve.

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"They gave me my own baby!  I'm ready."

Pet’s name:  Miss Mason Abigail Holley

Pet's Human: Sarah, Director of Brand Management

Favorite food:  Peanut Butter.

Favorite activity:  Chasing tennis balls and swimming.

If your pup had a favorite ThinkFun game, what would it be and why:  Miss Mason is a problem-solver so she would enjoy playing Color Cube Sudoku, but her lack of opposable thumbs makes it too challenging to play.  

Back story and fun facts:  She is proudly named in honor of The Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary and occasionally visits the ThinkFun office!

 

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"Look like you've just done something terrible.  It'll keep them busy."

Pet’s name:  Josie

Pet's Human: Cristina, Marketing & Communications

Favorite Food:  Bacon!

Favorite Activity:  Frisbee on the beach.

If your pup had a favorite ThinkFun game, what would it be and why:  Clue Master would be Josie's favorite game because she’s all about unlocking secret doors – not to a dog house, but to the kitchen! She’s a vacuum for food in your hand and anything that hits the floor. She’s Cristina's right-hand gal for “clean up!”

Back story and fun facts:  Josie was rescued either years ago through K-9 Lifesavers, a local non-profit that pairs abandoned and homeless dogs with a forever home.  Another interesting fact about Joise is her nickname 'Nosey Josie' because she’s into everything – and is always a part of the action. She’s also best friends with Mr. Orange the cat who grooms her regularly.

 

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"It's all about the ear floofs."

Pet’s name:  Toki (official name is Little Toki Wartooth) and Kita

Pets' Human: Lauren, Director of Product Development

Favorite food:  Toki's favorite food is anything that previously belonged to Lauren's daughter (and of course not his own dog food).  Kita's favorite food is EVERYTHING.  This dog would eat dirt if it was offered to her in a bowl...

Favorite activity:  Toki loves playing Frisbee and playing in the snow, while Kita loves barking, snuggling with Lauren's daughter, swimming, and did we mention, barking?

If your pup had a favorite ThinkFun game, what would it be and why:  Toki's favorite ThinkFun game would be Move & Groove because she loves to jump around and dance.  Kita's favorite game would be Word A Round because she loves to 'talk' and yell out words.

Back story and fun facts:  Toki’s name came from one of our favorite characters in a cartoon and means 'rabbit' in Korean, which is fitting because she doesn’t have a tail.  Kita is lovable and sweet, but not many people get to see that because she is very nervous and barks a lot in new situations.  Lauren's daughter and Kita have developed the sweetest relationship and it’s heartwarming to watch them 'play' together.

 

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"Do you need me closer?  I can move up no problem."

Pet's name:  Chubbs

Pet's Human: Josh, Head of Product Design and Sourcing

Favorite food:  Peanut butter!

Favorite activity:  Chubbs is a big fan of sniffing around the yard and wrestling.

If your pup had a favorite ThinkFun game, what would it be and why:  If Chubbs had to have a favorite ThinkFun game, it would definitely be Laser Maze.  He'll catch that red dot someday!

Back story and fun facts:  He is a heat sponge.  Chubbs will find the warm spots any time of the year and soak it all up!

 

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"So many activities!"

Pet's name:  Louie

Pet's Human: Sarah, ThinkFun Consultant

Favorite food:  Louie's favorite food is anything and everything that drops on the floor.

Favorite activity:  He loves eating and sunbathing!

If your pup had a favorite ThinkFun game, what would it be and why:  Louie's favorite ThinkFun game would be Chocolate Fix because it's food related of course... but he doesn't play that game because he's on a strict 'no sweets' diet!

Back story and fun facts:  He eats.  Some of his favorite meals have included: mom’s underwear, dad’s favorite tie, baby sister’s pacifier, a box of crayons, and a dish of lasagna.  Louie LOVES lasagna. 

 

Stay tuned for the next post in this series.  Will it feature our staff member's cats?  Or will it cover our miscellaneous pets? Be sure to follow our social media platforms to find out!  We hope you enjoy this series as much as we enjoyed writing it.

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