“Mac” Coates was included in the news on local television and newspapers representing the “Take Your Dog to Work Day”. Every morning, “Mac” listens for the sound of the keys to signal that it’s time to get into the car and to go to work. This 40 lb. Keeshond loves his car ride and spending the day at Mike Coates Construction Company in Niles, Ohio. Mac works the same amount of hours as his master, Mike Coates, Jr., vice-president of the company, and is responsible for guarding the office, keeping employee morale in check, and greeting visitors. And, he is more than happy to do all this for a couple treats, lunch, and a few “atta boys”. The almost silent partner is a joy for many in the office who have grown attached to him and enjoy petting him from time to time throughout the day. Mac is known by many vendors, employees and delivery personnel who are used to seeing him trot down the hall to greet them on their visits to the office.
Mac resides in Niles with family members Mike, Mary Ann, Michael and Aaron. Besides going to work, Mac, an AKC champion, enjoys competing at dog shows, agility training, getting his hair combed, and an occasional game of fetch. Keeshonds are known to be very playful and make great family pets. Mac is one of the “lucky dogs” who doesn’t have to wait for June 26 to go to work with his owner! Take Your Dog To Work Day was created in 1999 to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters, and breed rescue clubs. This annual event encourages employers to experience the value of pets in their workplace for this one special day while promoting pet adoptions. On June 26, businesses, animal shelters and pet-care professionals from around the world will work together to better the lives of shelter dogs everywhere.
Thousands of businesses open their doors to employees’ pets on this day in celebration of the great companions dogs make. Pet Sitters International encourages business to join in and celebrate a decade of “working” dogs! Visit takeyourdog.com or petsitters.org for more information.
Mike Coates Construction Company, with more than 50 years of building excellence, is one of the largest building contractors in Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. The company has built its reputation on quality workmanship and completing its projects on time and within budget.