When we spotted Moira Losch and her adorable red heeler-pitt-mix Poppy in the office today, we knew it was an opportunity not to be missed. The delightful two-and-a-half-year-old pup doesn’t usually come to work—in fact, today was her first full day in the office! So we grabbed the pair and hightailed it up to the 6th floor deck to enjoy another rarity: some Portland winter sunshine.
Poppy is a sweet and active dog that loves to give high fives and go on long runs with Moira, sometimes up to six miles! Her secret for endurance? She loves munching on veggies. Especially the insides of cucumbers.
Moira and her husband adopted Poppy from Family Dogs New Life, a no kill dog shelter in southeast Portland, just over a year ago. On March 24 they will be participating for the second year in a row in the shelter’s annual fundraiser, a two-mile dog walk. Last year they raised the third highest amount of money of all entrants, and they are looking to match or beat their record this time.
And what about her name? When the five-month old pup came home for the first time, Moira was in the middle of making gluten free poppy seed muffins. “She had freckles, and it just fit,” said her owner, and that is how the puppy became known as Poppy.