Meet the Dogs of Dell

One of my favorite fictional dogs can speak English via a special collar that translates his thoughts into speech. Over the next few weeks — squirrel — some equally lovable canines will be guest posting here on Direct2Dell in celebration of National Service Dog Month.

You may have already heard of one of them if you’ve been reading our blog for a while, or more recently if you’re on Facebook:

Long known as “man’s best friend,” service dogs in particular play a special role. These four-footers are hardworking helpers that have shown themselves to be outstanding assistants for people with disabilities of all kinds.

Just as no two people are alike, no one size or type of breed fits the bill to become a service dog. A lot depends on what tasks they will be called upon to complete. Service dogs may be called upon to guide the blind, hear for deaf, perform tasks for wheelchair users, anticipate and warn of seizures, and perform many other jobs for disabled owners.

Dell service dog Coach sitting in front of a laptop

They have to be calm, cool and collected, and also need to have a laser focus that the animated hound I mentioned above definitely lacked. Service dogs can’t be distracted by what is happening around them while assisting their handler.

Yes, it’s all business when they’re on duty, but that’s not to say they never get a break.

Becoming a service dog is not easy, though. They must be energetic, but not overly active. People-oriented and friendly, but ready to work in an instant. It can take anywhere from six months to up to two years for them to complete the necessary training.

While some share their insights with us on the blog this month, there are many more alert, smart canines around Dell that enable our employees to contribute to the team. We’re thankful for their hard work and salute them this National Service Dog Month, and every day.


Service Dog Posts:

5 Ways to Become a Top Dog at Work – by Coach

5 Ways to Be a Zen Dog at Work – by Adella

5 Ways to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks – by Maggie

5 Ways to Make a Friend at Work – by Sabrina

Laura Pevehouse

About the Author: Laura Pevehouse

Laura Pevehouse was profiled as one of five “social media mavens” in the March 2009 issue of Austin Woman Magazine and named an AdWeek’s TweetFreak Five to Follow. She has been part of the Dell organization for more than 15 years in various corporate communications, employee communications, public relations, community affairs, marketing, branding, social media and online communication roles. From 2014-2018, Laura was Chief Blogger/Editor-in-Chief for Direct2DellEMC and Direct2Dell, Dell’s official corporate blog that she help launch in 2007. She is now a member of the Dell Technologies Chairman Communications team. Earlier in her Dell career she focused on Global Commercial Channels and US Small and Medium Business public relations as part of the Global Communications team. Prior to that, she was responsible for global strategy in social media and community management, as well as marcom landing pages, as a member of Dell’s Global SMB Marketing, Brand and Creative team. When she was part of Dell’s Global Online group, Laura provided internal consulting that integrated online and social media opportunities with a focus on Corporate Communications and Investor Relations. She managed the home page of Dell.com, one of the top 500 global web sites in Alexa traffic rank, and first brought web feeds and podcasts to the ecommerce site. In her spare time she led Dell into the metaverse with the creation of Dell Island in the virtual world Second Life. Laura has earned the designation of Accredited Business Communicator from the International Association of Business Communicators, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Louisiana State University. Before joining Dell Financial Services in 2000, she worked at the Texas Workforce Commission and PepsiCo Food Systems Worldwide.
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