Re: This world is so sad.
If it bleeds, it leads.
been the mantra for years. thanks to the internet, and satellite TV however, every towns dark little secrets become frontpage news. like this horrific story....
Buzz isn't Citibank's oldest or richest customer, but he's certainly the hairiest.
He also is the only one the tellers allow to slobber on their workstations. And none of the other depositors get a doggie treat for their efforts.
Citibank really is going to the dogs - or rather, one dog in particular.
"What a pretty dog," Shelly Kearns cooed to Buzz, a 7-year-old border collie, when he came in to make his deposit Wednesday at Citibank, formerly First American Bank, 406 S. Polk St.
Buzz has been making deposits for his owner, John Beard, for about five years now. And those who get to see it rarely fail to find it doggone amazing.
"I was so excited the first time he came in," Kearns, a teller supervisor, said Wednesday. "He's so much fun to wait on. In fact, I tell John when he comes in without him, 'OK, now you're going to have to drool on my counter.'"
Beard is the owner of Willow Creek Kennels. He said he has taught about 4,000 old - and young - dogs new tricks, including Buzz. Besides his banking duties, Buzz also can pay for purchases and even help with the bookkeeping - in the form of carrying monthly reports to the accountant. And when he's not running errands, he works like a dog at the kennel, showing new trainees how it's done.
It is, after all, a dog's life.
"He's a working dog," Beard said. "He goes everywhere I go. If they allow dogs, he goes in. He goes to the hardware store with me. He takes my credit card and pays for me."
But, Beard said, anyone who thinks Buzz minds all the work is barking up the wrong tree. It doesn't seem to be a bone of contention between the two.
"I like to take him places; he likes to go places," Beard said. "He likes to do things. Border collies need to stay busy."
Buzz's specialty is retrieving. Beard said he'll retrieve anything: money pouches from tellers and change from cashiers, as well as the more conventional Frisbee. But those who have seen him do it say the real dog and pony act comes before the retrieving.
"He gives me the money or credit card or whatever," said Lisa Aguilar, a cashier at Pride Home Center, where Buzz and Beard are regulars. "He'll stand right here on his hind legs and wait while I count the money. I think he's a pretty neat dog."
But as a watchdog, he's careful; he's not going to get shorted on his change.
"John will say, 'Watch her count, watch her count,' and he'll sit there and really look at you like he's counting," Kearns said. "I couldn't believe it. I know dogs were smart, but I couldn't believe that (Beard) could train a dog like that."
But maybe his bark is worse than his bite. Despite his vigilance, Kearns said, Buzz is a great customer, never impatient or rude.
"He drools a lot, but that's about it," she said.
I'm so embarrased to live here. the absolute horror.
"don't end up with a grandson with a dog collar."