The Dog Days of MBB

At MBB, we love our co-workers. Especially the ones with four legs and a penchant for rawhide. We are, of course, talking about the dogs of MBB. In between escorting their proud owners to and from meetings and snoozing under select desks, we were able to catch up with a few of MBB’s most popular pups for a bit of Q&A.

Name: Gatsby
Belongs to: Steven, VP of Consumer Engagement
What: A bouncing yellow lab
Years of experience: 6
Also goes by: G

So, Gatsby. Why do they call ya Gatsby?
Well, they like to greet me with, “Whaddup, G?” And I think that’s how it started. It might also have something to do with the fact that me and Steven’s leading lady is an English teacher and that’s her favorite book. But I’m pretty sure it’s so they can say “hello” to me as such.

Any special talents?
If you were to ask my humans, they would tell you it’s being the cutest dog on the planet. But that’s embarrassing (even if it is true).

If you were starring in a movie, who would you cast to be your voice?
First choice, Morgan Freeman. If Morgan’s not available, Samuel L. Jackson.  If neither are available, show’s over. I demand the best voiceover money can buy.

Advertising gig you believe you’re best suited for?
My ability to look at the bigger picture and condense it down to a single, actionable idea is unparalleled. Just this morning, I was able to deduce the proper “potty spot” in the backyard after several minutes of careful surveillance and four discerning full-body turns before making my decision.

Steven found my careful analysis most impressive. Long story short, I’d be a Strategic Planner.

What do you bring to the table when you come into the office?
I’m a real happy-go-lucky type. What did you expect? I’m a lab.

Name: Argo
Belongs to: Micah, Art Director
What: Back lab mix
Years of experience: 5 ½
Also goes by: Puppy, Princess

Argo. Interesting name. Where’d that come from?
In a former life, I was actually called Buddy. My foster mom (not Micah) changed my name to Argo after quickly realizing that “Buddy” is one of the least fitting names I could have possibly been given. I assume my foster mom had the hots for Ben Affleck at the time.

Not a Buddy, huh?
No. I am a very particular fellow. I don’t like car rides and vegetables, among other things. I’m not fond of sharing the couch, but have been known to make room for Micah on occasion. You know that movie about the old men who are grumpy, but in a loveable way? That’s me.

What are a few of your favorite things?
Toys that squeak and shriek. And food not intended for dogs, which is why I’m on a diet now. Don’t think I like dieting a whole lot.

Why would you make a great employee?
I have very high standards. Especially when it comes to other people, food and the right place to park it for a leisurely midday snooze. It’s ok to nap on the job, right?

Special talents?
Micah says – and I have to agree – my ability to conjure up the saddest, sweetest puppy dog eyes despite a grumpy old man dog. It’s incredible, really.

Anything else you want us to know?
I want you to ask me who would voice my character in a movie.

Ok. Who would voice your character in a movie? Anthony Hopkins.


Name: Chloe
Belongs to: Emily, Earned Media Manager
What: Miniature Poodle
Years of experience: 3 ½
Also goes by: ChloBear

What’s the meaning behind ChloBear?
Look at my face.

What does a girl do for fun? I would say the “dog” park, but that’s not who I go to see. I prefer to run around frantically greeting as many humans as canine-ly possible so they can tell me how cute I am. I also dance. But only for treats. You know when Linda Evangelista said she doesn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day? It’s sort of like that.

What’s your deepest darkest secret?
You wouldn’t know if from my prim and proper disposition, and overall put-together appearance, but I was actually a stray. When I came into Emily’s life I had matted hair (gasp!) and ear infections.

What do you feel you might have been born as in another life?
A movie star. I shamelessly love and thrive on attention. Plus, they say I’ve got some of the best hair around. And everyone loves a pretty movie star.

Speaking of movie stars, who do you imagine might play you in one?
Too easy. Amy Adams.

If you worked in advertising, what do you think your job would be?
Something in Business Development. I have this innate ability to win people over just by looking at them. And not only do I know how to read a room – I know how to work it.

Name: Buddy
Belongs to: Shan, Creative Director
What: Great Dane/Lab Mix
Years of experience: 7-8 sounds about right
Also goes by: Buddha Head

Can you explain your nickname?
Shan says I got a big ol’ empty head.

Tell us, Buddy. Do ya like toys?
Don’t have much time for dog toys. But human toys. That’s a dif’rent story.

How so?
Shan’s got this Jeep. You ever seen those Jeeps without the roof or doors? It’s one of those. A red one. I’ll hang out in the passenger seat for hours on end. Even if she’s just sittin’ in the driveway.

What do you think about Shan?
Well, anytime he says somethin’ that rhymes with Jeep, I get real excited and run to the door. I wish he wouldn’t do that. He might say, “KEEP up the good work!” Not even to me. And it’s too late. I’m at the door whinin’ to go out in the jeep. I wish he wouldn’t do that. Otherwise, I think Shan is a pretty funny guy.

Speaking of funny guys, Shan likens you to The Dude from The Big Lebowski. What do you have to say about that?
Yeah, that’s a pretty good one. Buddy, can you tell us your hopes and fears? Dreams and ambitions? I don’t know about all that but I do know whenever we’re goin’ for a ride and the Jeep starts shaking at a stoplight, Shan always turns around real quick, scared I’m gonna be humping the tarp in the back seat. I’m like, c’mon, dude. I love the Jeep. But it’s not like that.

Name: Hank
Belongs to: Jessica, Senior Account Manager
What: Miniature Australian Shepard
Years of experience: 8
Also goes by: Prank-ster

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Herd small children around as if they are sheep. I don’t think they mind. But I also don’t think they enjoy it quite as much as I do. Then the usual – which I do on command – sit, stay, rollover, whisper, speak, stay, come, go, shake, etc. If there’s a command for it, I can do it.

If you worked in advertising, what do you think you would do?
Well, I’ve got a dry sense of humor and way too many tricks up my sleeve (hence my nickname). Sometimes, people don’t know if they should take my jokes seriously or not. It gets awkward. There’s also the crippling anxiety. So, a Copywriter?

What are five adjectives someone might use to describe you?
Hyper, obedient, intelligent. Devilishly handsome.

Devilishly handsome, you say? Who’d play you in a movie?
Mel Gibson. Gotta have that Australian accent.

Anything else you want to say? We heard you had something you wanted to get off your chest.
As a matter of fact, yes. I’d like to issue a pubic apology to Shan Neely for defecating on the carpet in the middle of his office. I guess I was just trying to be funny and it didn’t pan out. But you know what? You miss 100% of the sh*ts you don’t take. I think that’s how the quote goes. Anyway, Hank-OUT!

Now that you’ve learned about our furry cohorts, learn more about us (the “people” folk at MBB).

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