our furry side
Here at Altrec.com, we love working hard and playing hard, too. Although we can't bring all of our buddies to work with us, we are lucky enough to be able to bring our best "furry" friends to the office. From skiing and mountain biking in the Cascade Mountains, to climbing at Smith Rock and fly fishing on the Deschutes River, our loyal companions join us in every aspect of our adventurous lifestyle. They are ingrained in our memories, which in turn inspire our work at Altrec. It only makes sense that our dogs spend their "rest days" at our feet in the office. Our furry friends bring joy and laughter into our lives every day, and we'd love to share their stories and personalities with the larger Altrec community. So, we are happy to introduce a few of our furry friends. Say hi... now sit! Stay!
Wyatt - 5 years - Rescue Dog @ Mt. Bachelor
Wyatt's Humans: Berkley & Matt
We all know that Labs are GREAT working dogs. They're easy to train, they have lots of drive, a great sense of smell, and lots of energy. Wyatt is no exception! Wyatt has a great nose, and, despite the fact that he is a bit of a goofball a lot of the time, when he puts his harness on, he knows it's time to work, and he's very good at what he does. He started his rescue dog training as a little pup, during his first spring in 2008, just riding up the chairlift on Mt. Bachelor in Matt's backpack. He started his first official winter as a rescue dog in 2008/2009.
Wyatt has attended two different schools. His first was the Swiss Avalanche Rescue Dog School at Stevens Pass, WA - a more formal school with a Swiss training model. His second was at the Alta, Utah Wasatch Backcountry Rescue International Dog School. There, he was exposed to less-common scenarios, such as riding in a helicopter!
Since then, Wyatt has weekly update drills with the other dogs at Mt. Bachelor. His fellow rescue dogs include Riggins a 2-year-old male Black Lab, and 2 younger Golden Retrievers: Mango and Banyan. Wyatt is the old man of the group (as evidenced by his graying beard). He takes 1 day off a week and spends it here at Altrec, in addition to his summers. We love having him in the office, and we get a kick out of his antics, such as his tendency to chug his entire bowl of water at once!
Ruffwear sponsors the rescue dogs at Mt. Bachelor, so Wyatt has lots of gear. He wears the Web Master Dog Harness and the Quick Draw Leash when he is skiing down the slopes. He sports the Knot-a-Leash for around the parking lot. Of course, he sits on the Mt. Bachelor Pad for the ride up to the mountain in the truck. He also uses the OmniJore Joring System at Wanoga for cross country skiing. So much fun!
And for YOUR bestie, we're proud to offer gear from Ruffwear, a local Bend company that specializes in gear for all dogs that explore the great outdoors - one of the "100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon"!
Check out Wyatt working the snow and some other office hounds:
Running, licking, and coming to work with Dad
German Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix
His favorite activity is going swimming, but he also enjoys tagging along when Dad goes bouldering and mountain biking.
Almost 4 yrs
He loves swimming, finding sticks, running in Shevlin Park, and sleeping in the sun at Smith Rock while his mom climbs
He mostly likes sleeping
Max (Beaver Creek's Maximum Razmataz)
English Springer Spaniel
Loves anything he can do offleash outside, but especially running just for the fun of running.
super dog, lover of people and most dogs
Favorite activity: fetching sticks in the water
Pit bull mix
Loves walking, swimming, and soaking in the high desert sun
Part of the office since she was 9 weeks old, now 6 months
She is mostly likely a German Shepherd/Black Lab cross.
As far as favorite activity, for her now it is going to work and getting bigger. Rest assured, she will be a fish hound by summer, or diving into a fishing hole with puppy enthusiasm.
She's a Goldendoodle
Her favorite activity is backpacking (but her guilty pleasure is chasing bunnies)
Mix Greyhound and English black dog
Enjoys feeling the breeze of the Oregon air as she runs on the high mountain trails
Mosley & Guiness
Brothers, almost 2 yrs
Black lab/wolf mix
Their favorite activities are running and lounging.
Red Heeler with Border Collie and Australian Shepherd
Frisbee for sure!
Mini Australian Shepherd
Loves chasing deer - until they start chasing him back
Tameka is a pure bred mutt taken in by the bend humane society with two other brothers and sisters - we were told she's a Lab/Shepherd but we have our doubts. She is about 7 years old and was born on New Years'. Her favorite activities are licking people, chasing a ball and swimming.
1 1/2 yrs
100% Australian Shepherd
Loves chasing deer or playing fetch with a ball