Why are there Basset Hounds on our signs?
These Basset Hound characters have been with us for many years and have been outstanding as our Canine Resources Department – excellent PR in an extremely dog friendly area. They have happily traveled in our business vehicles and provided countless chuckles to Customers and friends who have met them along the way. They have done well as our Public Relations team – Paw Pals for Life.
The Bassets draw attention to the signs and then folks read what we do on there. Many have been the times that we have returned to our truck in a parking place somewhere and have found someone perusing these signs and laughing at the Bassets. We were often able to say, "Would you like to meet the real thing?" and then open the back door to introduce them to Clementine and Bridger in person (rather, in canine). These signs have also done much to express the notion that trappers care about animals too and have helped to counter many mistaken impressions out there in the public concern. It has been an outstanding marketing approach for us.
Bridger and Clementine were designated as our Canine Resources Department one night in 2012 when Fae was working on the computer to design the signs and Trapper was watching the news on TV. While Fae was contemplating "we need to call them something" to put with their names in the upper right-hand corner, she heard a reference on the TV news to some company's "Human Resources Department". "That's it!", she thought and typed it onto the sign design. Trapper enthusiastically agreed to the moniker.
Even though they had to depart on June 8 and August 9, 2019 (very sad days in our lives) they are still our Canine Resources Department in absentia. Clementine was 13 and Bridger was 16 years old so their lives with us were long and rich and filled with joy. They came to be well known around the area along with us and were even featured in a story in the Crested Butte News on October 11, 2019. Although these dogs are gone we're doggone happy about all the years we thoroughly enjoyed them being a big part of our lives. And they'll never be gone from our hearts.
We plan to keep these signs on our business truck in their honor and memory and because they are so well recognized. Over the years many folks have told us, "We see your truck with those Basset Hounds on it everywhere!" That's because our jobs are all over the valley and we are constantly on the move to get to them.