By: Sandy Swanson
You have probably seen, or at least heard about Tara the Hero Cat, the family cat that saved young Jeremy from getting mauled by a dog while out playing in his driveway http://taratheherocat.com.
Impressive as this feat was, those of us at OrangeBoy know how special our feline friends are. After all, we named the company after ours. Many of you know the origins of the OrangeBoy name, but for those who don’t, please allow me to recap. Yes, we named the company after Opie, our first OrangeBoy. Opie was no ordinary cat. His personality and strong work ethic matched our values and embodied what we wanted to accomplish as a company. He was a real working cat. His primary job was to protect his territory. Every night, whether it was raining, snowing or below zero, Opie went out on night patrol to defend what was his. He was not afraid to go up against the neighborhood terror, “Buddy the Biter,” even though Buddy was twice his size. Opie came home a little bloodied sometimes, but yet he’d head back out the next night. Like Opie, we know the territory and we are not afraid to go up against firms bigger than ours because we are confident in our abilities, and we know the territory.
We enjoyed watching him take on new challenges, like mastering the tightrope walk on the banister in our loft, which was about 14 feet from the ground. Opie tumbled off that banister once or twice, but he shook it off and tried again until he got it right. These traits personify the qualities we have for OrangeBoy. We too take risks to seek out new opportunities and new clients. If we fall, we get up and try again until we get it right.
We can take a lesson from Opie as our business continues to transform. The one thing we know for sure is that change is inevitable. As OrangeBoy grows, we too must adapt to new surroundings and take on new projects without fear, just like we encourage our clients to do. He is a constant reminder for us each day when we walk into the office and see his image memorialized in the office artwork–reflect on our accomplishments but anticipate the future with excitement.
We deeply miss our friend, confidante and muse, but we honor his memory by living his motto – Keep the fur flying! Plus, we have a new OrangeBoy – George. He most certainly lives up to his namesake “Curious George.” His superhero power is his cuteness, but he is developing a new talent—Bird Catcher. Even though we are city dwellers, George has successfully caught two birds, though he has let both of them go unscathed. We’re convinced he paid the birds to stage his hunting prowess!