Holly arrived in America’s Test Kitchen’s then-New Media department in April 2012, a skinny refugee from a “high kill” animal shelter in Arkansas. She was the foster dog of Steph Yiu, the Social Media Strategist at the time. Within a week, Holly had made friends all over the building (except in the kitchen, of course), including the man who would provide her with a permanent home.
Brian Runk, Manager of Development, recognized a devoted family pet. A quick inquiry determined that her previous owners had been forced to surrender Holly and two other dogs after losing their home to foreclosure. Still very much a puppy, Holly had a sweet disposition and boundless energy, despite needing a few square meals to put some muscle over her ribs.
Boy, did she wind up in the right place. Food is never in short supply around the office—she filled out and settled in.
Since that time, Holly has been a regular member of the 4th floor staff. Her normal schedule involves making the daily commute, walking through the Jamaicaway, and then chasing rawhide up and down the office corridor before curling up underneath Brian’s standing desk. She’s participated in team meetings, group video chats, and even the occasional dog-food taste test.
Holly is moving on this week, as Brian departs for opportunities elsewhere. But she’ll forever have a home here at the Test Kitchen, where she first landed in Boston as a skinny, silly dog with a great big heart (and appetite).
In case you didn’t know, the America’s Test Kitchen offices (not the kitchen) are dog-friendly. Every once in a while, we’ll share a furry moment from our resident four-legged friends. Stay tuned for the cute.