Taking leadership lessons from Brendan, his owner and TMF president, to the extreme, Toby delegates almost every typical dog job such as office security, recycling, and squirrel patrol to the other office staff. In between his numerous daily luxurious naps he lays with contemplative expressions, walks stubbornly while waiting for strangers to pay him affection and practices being an ottoman. After charging up for the day he has a burst of energy for about 15 minutes before settling down for the night.
Returned to Planned Pethood several times before finding his forever home, this unique character took on the role of Director of the Humans when it became clear that they were doing an abominable job of managing themselves. He has one human in particular, Kristin, wrapped around his little paw. He spends his day ensuring she leaves her desk as often as possible to get in the recommended daily 10,000 steps — by procuring him treats and walking him around the neighborhood.
A volunteer from Planned Pethood spotted this young pup being sold for a couple of bucks outside a market in Indiana. Given his clear aptitude for accounting and management, she quickly took him (and his tiny abacus) back to Ohio, where he had a short stay in a foster home before being adopted ... er, hired by The Modern Firm. These days, Reuben is a regular K9 to 5’er keeping the sales team happy, entertained, and efficient. He works hard but plays harder!
Of Japanese ancestry, Hiro lives in Washington and supports TMF’s Seattle graphic design hub. An avid hiker, in his off hours he enjoys the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty, expressing a particular interest in its small, soft native inhabitants such as rabbits, squirrels, and socks. He also loves to play fetch and, thanks to his international background, is TMF’s primary GDPR compliance expert.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Jupiter found his calling in web design after moving to Ann Arbor with the help of Happy Days Dog & Cat Rescue. As Head of Environmental Compliance for The Modern Firm, he keeps our company green by shredding (and composting) all manner of cardboard, plastic, table scraps, and offensive socks. Jupiter also occasionally moonlights as a Deputy Security Officer at The Modern Firm's downtown Ann Arbor office.
The majority of Moose's day is spent as scheduling manager, where he keeps Michele on task. His tactics include laying his head on her keyboard if projects are taking too long - moving only after cuddles and loads of duck jerky. The rest of the day he does his best at keeping morale up...how can you take one look at that face and not be happy?! Off the clock, he enjoys losing tennis balls under the furniture, Frisbee catching, dock jumping, lake swimming and boat captaining.
Although he weighs less than 20 pounds, it's best not to get on the bad side of this rescued Cockapoo from the Almost Home Animal Rescue League in Southfield, Michigan. Seriously. Maxwell looks like a living Teddy bear. But, as Chief of Security, he is vicious and will defend The Modern Firm's staff and intellectual property to the death. Unless his would-be adversary has dog treats of any kind. Then all bets are off.
Juno joined The Modern Firm after escaping from a secret government detention center in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she was being held as a political prisoner (her cover story was that she was "abandoned" at an "animal shelter"). With a background in espionage, Juno heads up TMF's Squirrel and UPS Driver Surveillance Unit. When not apprehending suspects, Juno focuses on maintaining an appropriate creative environment for the company's writing staff: brief periods of peaceful silence punctuated with encouraging vocalizations in one of the many languages in which she is fluent, including Labrador, Terrier, and French. Inspired by her coworkers' writings, in her spare time Juno is working on her next project, a motivational volume with the working title: "WHO'S a Good Girl? YOU Are!"
A well renowned yogi master, Carson spends most of his days showing off his various yoga positions. In hopes that they will learn from him, Carson is sure to practice his downward dog pose every time his humans are present. However, don’t let his relaxing hobby trick you, Carson is full of non-stop, almost unmanageable energy. Lucky for him, he gets to run the length of his fence whenever he wants (regardless of the weather, because it truly does not bother him), all he must do is whine at the door. Other than his backyard, Carson’s favorite place to attain his daily Fi Collar exercise goals is at the dog beach in Florida.
Typically focused on cat napping, Arlo and Aurora have taken a break to work on their technical and packaging teamwork skills. Although they don’t have thumbs, they are able to get a lot accomplished. Keyboard troubles? Aurora will sprawl across your computer. No keyboard - no problem! Battery issues? That is because Arlo decided that your computer cord looks better in two pieces rather than one (he has the same theory about phone chargers as well). They also realize that the attention shifts towards them when technology is out of the way. However, despite disliking the strange people at the door, their favorite task is handling all of the incoming packages. They will even open them for you (and then inhabit the box too)!
Lu, a passionate professional, has only one concern every waking moment: food. When you see him staring out the window, all he really is thinking about is breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. He spent his early years on the hunt, tracking the freshest food right at the source, but over the years evolved to focus more on the consumption of the finest meals available. His training culminated in a two-year stint as Head Store Dog at a gourmet food shop in South Carolina. He now lives in semi-retirement, enjoying hikes in the woods, standing in bushes, and, of course, snacks. Favorite trick: “Go to bed.”
Super shy and also kind of judgmental, Maggie never hangs around the water cooler for the latest company chatter. If she sees you walking toward her desk, she will sneak out through a secret escape hatch she created slowly over the years for just this purpose. Despite her aversion to interacting with others, however, she is very chatty and opinionated, especially about the inaccurate stereotype that black cats like Halloween (which she does not). She’s also not a very hard worker, preferring naps in the sun to filing paperwork. Favorite trick: standing on her back legs.
Hard working, process oriented, and overly eager to help, Morgan never says “no” to lending a hand, at least on the surface. Always dressed to impress, she loves to-do lists and cheering on her coworkers with encouraging words. She will, however, stab her best friend in the back if it means she gets to move up in the world. In other words, don’t be fooled by the friendly, affectionate, cuteness: it might be a trap. Favorite trick: hiding her deceit.
Mr. Jim Business is VERY important. He is way too busy to spend any time drafting a bio – his day is FULL of very important meetings with very important people. He cannot believe he is being interrupted for this nonsense because he is just so busy and so important. Favorite trick: Staring at you in disbelief. Also, burrowing under covers. But don’t tell anyone where he’s hiding. It’s a lot of pressure to be this big and important.
This dynamic-duo use their humor to distract, have quick feet to get away and practice their strong analytical skills to take down any enemy, like squirrels and rabbits. They hung up their collars on bounty hunting and joined the team as digital marketing assistants. They spend the day making sure Erin is staying on task, reminding her to stretch her legs, providing cuddles when needed, but most importantly leading the neighborhood bark brigade when necessary.