When you hang around somewhere for long enough, people will eventually start to take notice — and that’s exactly what transpired for a stray dog loitering around a gas station’s construction site. Negão was a stray in Brazil, but his loveable personality and persistence ended up landing him a full-time job plus a forever home.
If you just so happen to visit the Shell gas station in the town of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil, there’s a great chance you’ll be greeted by Negão, he’s not your typical gas station employee, but certainly one of the sweetest. Sadly, though, things weren’t always so good for him.
A couple of years ago, Sabrina Planner and her partner purchased a Shell gas that was still under construction. During that period, the pair noticed there was a big senior dog roaming around the construction site. After asking around, they learned he had been dumped by his former owners.
That’s when they stepped in to help. The pair immediately adopted him and took Negão straight to the vet where he was vaccinated and de-wormed. They then bought him some food, a bed to sleep, and a leash to take him on walks.
When the gas station finally opened, Negão was issued with an official employee ID badge, plus a cute little uniform. Negão has surprised everyone with how well he tas taken on his role, the happy dog has proven to be a natural at providing world-class customer service — doing it with a smile.
In an interview with The Dodo, Plannerer explained that;
“Negão waits for people to arrive, and then goes up to say hello, winning them over with his charms. Customers love him. Some people even bring him toys.”
Even though Negão loves his job as the store welcomer, his days aren’t limited to these very short encounters. Every day, an employee from the gas station takes him on walks to through town for exercise — and with the gas station being open 24/7 there’s always someone at hand to make sure Negão is safe and sound.
Negão has become a poster-pup of sorts for a local initiative from the charity Grupo FERA, which aims to pair needy stray dogs with businesses in the event that they cannot find a more traditional home.
Hopefully, Negão’s story can influence other small business to hire a canine staffer, too. After all, who wouldn’t want to be greeted like this when stopping to pump gas?
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