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Office Pets

Our loyal group of office pets is perhaps the most important team at SEM. Our menagerie of pets—dogs, hermit crabs, fish, and one ball python plus his adopted mouse friend—are always there to provide unwavering love and support, finish off the last bit of our lunch, and to remind us to not take ourselves too seriously.

This team brings us so much joy and we don’t want it keep all for ourselves. To help spread the joy we’ve created biographies for each of our office pets. We hope their stories bring a smile to your face!

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Lufa

Age: 13 | Human Companion: Patrick May | SEM Team: Solar

Her dream job: Professional napper | Part-time squirrel chaser 

Her personality quirk: While on a walk around Shelly Lake once she saw a goose. She tore off after it and kind of tackled it. The goose did not know what was happening and jumped in the water to swim away and Lufa started swimming after it. Never play duck duck goose with Lufa.
 
Her work schedule: Once a week (twice if she’s good)
 
Her favorite thing about coming to work: Hunting down those elusive crumbs that the bigger dogs couldn’t get out of the breakroom and looking cute in hopes of swindling treats from co-workers.
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Bonnie

Age: 6 | Human Companion: Kelley Breslow | SEM Team: Solar

Her goals and aspirations: For every dog house in NC to have a PV system (we’re still working on her phone dialing skills).

Her personality quirk: Bonnie has come a long way since starting at SEM. Once a shy, skeptical dog that wouldn’t leave Kelley’s side, Bonnie now makes her rounds to all the offices to get scratches and treats or lays in the bullpen watching everyone work.
 
Her work schedule: 2-3 days/week
 
Her favorite thing about coming to work: Eating lunch with John Fry, making her rounds for cookies and scratches, and playing her other SEM dog friends.
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Angel

Age: 6 | Human Companion: Jamie Hager | SEM Team: Builder Energy Services

Her dream job: Sofa Outlet Manager, located on a river between a snack factory and a lumber yard

Her personality quirk: Angel’s unique talent is the ability to make any floor surface look extremely comfortable. She also loves to lay down in the middle of intense debates and take a nap.
 
Her work schedule: Once a week
 
Her favorite thing about coming to work: Sharing her passion for energy conservation by stretching out in the middle of the office, central to all potential belly rub traffic and snack opportunities.
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Shea

Age: 3 | Human Companion: Brinson Fuller | SEM Team: Solar

Her dream job: Professional food tester – any food, any flavor, any time… GIVE IT TO ME

Her personality quirk: She is the best snuggler of any dog in the world and gets along with EVERYONE
 
Her work schedule: 2-3 days/week
 
Her favorite thing about coming to work: ALL THE TOYS, she normally has at least 2 in her mouth at one time
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Medley

Age: 6 | Human Companion: Brinson Fuller | SEM Team: Solar

Her dream job: Professional TV watcher (preferably TV shows that involve animals)

Funny story: Once I caught her eating pizza. From the trash can. In my bed.
 
Her work schedule: 2-3 days/week
 
Her favorite thing about coming to work: Staring at the pet rat
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Bonnie

Age: 8 | Human Companion: Jenny Propst | SEM Team: Builder Energy Services

Her dream job: Full-time Princess | Part-time Wimbleton ball girl

Her personality quirk: She epitomizes and brings to life the story of The Princess and the Pea. She will not lay on the couch unless there is a pillow perfectly set for her to lay on. If there isn’t she’ll stare at you until you’ve done so.
 
Her work schedule: Once every other week
 
Her favorite thing about coming to work: Being with her people and getting to take walk breaks halfway through the day!
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Champ

Age: 4 | Human Companion: Jenny Propst | SEM Team: Builder Energy Services

His dream job: Placeholder for Guinness Book of World Records: Fastest Time to Destroy an Indestructible Toy

Funny story: We rescued Champ from the Wake SPCA. We were told he was part husky. As he grew, so did his body, but not his legs. He really looks more like Falcor from The NeverEnding Story. We call him our “Luck Dragon” or “Biggie Smalls”.
 
His work schedule: Once every other week
 
His favorite thing about coming to work: All the people, all the scratches, and all the dogs!
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Hiroshi | "Hiro"

Age: 4 | Human Companion: Sara Caliendo | SEM Team: Builder Energy Services

His dream job: Owner of Hiro’s Pest Management Express, specializing in the rapid removal of rabbits and moles. When not chasing down vermin, he practices by playing long games of fetch.

His personality quirk: Bodies of water really work Hiro into a fit. Whenever he comes in contact with a stream, river, or ocean, he spins in circles and begins zipping in every direction. It’s the funniest thing to watch, but you better have a good grip on his leash!
 
His work schedule: Once every other week
 
His favorite thing about coming to work: Seeing all his SEM friends and getting spoiled with scratches and treats
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Maya

Age: 7 | Human Companion: Sara Caliendo | SEM Team: Builder Energy Services

Her dream job: Full time sassy boss of the Snack Factory | Part-time referee

Funny story: Maya loves rolling around in the stinky smells of nature. Once, we were fishing off a river bank in early spring and Maya was enjoying rolling in a stinky scent so much that she fell about 3 feet into the cold river below. Embarrassment was written all over her face.
 
Her work schedule: Once every other week
 
Her favorite thing about coming to work: Seeing all her SEM friends and getting spoiled with scratches and treats
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Clyde

Age: 10 | Human Companion: Mostly Will Etheridge | SEM Team: Greeter 

His dream job: Toothpaste & Condiment Usage Optimizer. Clyde loves the 2 big S’s: Sustainability and Squeezing. As a sustainable-minded snake, Clyde hates to see that last 10% of toothpaste, ketchup, or Grey Poupon go to waste. Millions of years of evolution have given Clyde a unique ability to squeeze that final serving out of a bottle or tube that would otherwise be wasted, helping his human companions save money and reduce waste.
 
His personality quirk: Clyde is a somewhat sleepy snake. Definitely, no one would call him energetic. One way his lethargy displays itself is through frequent yawning. Surprisingly, when a 5 ft Ball Python fully opens its jaws to suck in that extra tired breath through a yawn, it scares some people. Truly, cuteness is in the eye of the beholder. 
 
His work schedule: Lives at SEM 24/7
 
His favorite thing about coming to work: Playing hide-and-seek around the office. Oddly, Clyde playing hide and seek is 95% of our team’s least favorite part about work.
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Pinky

Age: We’re not really sure | Human Companion: All who love him | SEM Team: Greeter

His dream job: Official Cheez-It taste tester

Funny story: Pinky was saved from the jaws of Clyde. Now he’s part of the team and loves to cuddle!
 
His work schedule: Lives at SEM 24/7
 
His favorite thing about coming to work: Getting scratches behind the ears