Hello human friends and congratulations on making it through another great school year! I can’t begin to put into human words how much I LOVE Summertime. Let’s just say I’ve done a lot of tail-chasing and behind-wiggling ever since doggie obedience school dismissed for the semester. And why wouldn’t I? My summer vacation is already off to a great start! Just in the last week, I’ve spent some quality time floating around my pool, eating al fresco at my all-time favorite Houston restaurant, Barnaby’s (http://www.barnabyscafe.com/), and showing off some of my wagalicious new summer couture from my superdy duper favorite store, Funny Fur (http://www.funnyfur.com/). (I’m sorry to say, I may need to run to my local Parker Store to pick some Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover to get out a few unfortunate grass, mud, and sundry other stains I got at the puppy park.) After I finish this blog, I’m going to curl up at my backdoor and take a much needed afternoon siesta. They don’t call it the Dog Days of Summer for nothing!
I particularly LOVE the month of June because it brings another of my favorite summertime events – the June Sale at Parker. I can think of no better way to kick off summer than by saving some money on next year’s school clothes. Depending how much you spend, you can save 5-10-or 15% off your entire order, all while avoiding the mad rush of back-to-school shopping in July and August. Why would anyone not shop the sale? And don’t say “because I’m on vacation.” The sale prices are good online also so you can shop from the lake, the beach, the mountains, or your backyard patio.
Another thing I LOVE about summer is the return of our wonderful high school and college summer staff to Parker stores. There is no way Parker could serve all of you during the busy back-to-school months without the wonderful help of these 300 VIS’s (Very Important Students). For many of this year’s VIS’s, it will be their first official job. As you are shopping the June sale or the busier months of July and August, keep a look out for familiar faces behind the counter. You just might see someone you recognize from your own school. Also, be sure to give a bark out to your VIS when they do a good job. One thing I know for sure, we all love a little positive feedback. For me, that means a nice bacon treat, but I have a feeling kind words might work better for humans. And of course, you can always give the folks at Parker your feedback, good and bad, at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RG9LC5C.
I feel pretty lucky because I recently got to meet three of this year’s summer staff at Parker’s Post Oak Store in Houston. And wow, let me just say, you shoppers are going to be in good hands. Sydney Dornak attends St. Agnes Academy and is beginning her first year at Parker. She plans to major in Chemical Engineering in college. Nataly Rodriguez, a graduate of Incarnate Word Academy, is working at Parker for her third summer. She plans on being a math teacher after she graduates from the University of Houston next May. And last but not least, Leila Tanios is a second year Parker employee who just graduated from St. Agnes. She will be studying Psychology at LSU in the fall. Now I don’t know what Chemical Engineering, Math or Psychology are, but they must be what all the nice people study because those girls were all really nice (and smart too).
Well, that’s it for this time. I don’t want to keep you any longer because I know you’ll be wanting to get to the June Sale. Have a great summer until next time. Zoe the Dog