When you work at Chewy, you quickly learn which dogs are office regulars. Ellie, a 5-year-old Yorkie-mix, is one of those dogs.
“Ellie comes to work whenever there are a lot of outfits she has to try on,” says Kacie Hu, global sourcing manager at Chewy in Dania Beach, Florida, and dog mom of Ellie.
Ellie has a very important job in the office: She’s the medium-sized dog model for all medium-sized Frisco apparel. Whenever you see a new Frisco outfit, know that Ellie was a “medium” part of the process—but not without some treats, of course!
“Whenever she has to model, I whip out high-value treats, like jerky treats, which are her favorite,” Hu says.
Another perk of the job for Ellie is getting to test dog toys, dog beds—you name it.
“It is a big work benefit for her!” Hu says.
When not testing dog products, Ellie and Hu spend lots of time relaxing and having fun together.
“On the weekends, we sleep in and then we hog the couch together and binge Netflix shows,” Hu says. “She also loves going kayaking with me. She loves being in the kayak but doesn’t like the water.”
Thanks to all the products they’ve tried out together, Hu is an expert at knowing what Ellie likes. So what products can’t Ellie live without?
Frisco Sherpa Bolster Rectangular Dog Bed
Hu has brought home all kinds of dog beds for Ellie since working at Chewy. But out of all of the beds, Hu says, Frisco's Sherpa Bolster Rectangular dog bed is her go-to.
“She seems super comfortable in this bed, and it has just the right amount of texture,” says Hu. “We’ve tested plenty, but this one is the one that she has never gotten sick of.”
It comes in three different fashionable patterns and is machine washable, so it’s also extremely easy to clean.
Frisco Small Breed Soft Vest Dog Harness
Whenever Ellie sees her mom pick up the Frisco soft vest dog harness, she gets really excited because she knows it’s time to go somewhere.
“Ellie has been using this harness for two years and it still looks brand new,” Hu says. “What I really like about this harness is that it has a lot of adjustability and doesn’t restrain her neck. It also has reflective strips, which is great for when we are walking at night.”
Frisco Plush Squeaking Monkey Dog Toy
Ellie is a sucker for squeaky plush toys, especially Frisco's Plush Squeaking Monkey dog toy.
“This one the perfect size for her,” she says. “What she likes to do with this toy is grab it and swing it back and forth to show off that it’s all hers.”
With all that swinging, you’d think this plush toy wouldn’t last long, but it’s proven strong enough to handle Ellie’s chompers.
“It’s very durable. She has ripped toys in the past, but this one has held up very well,” Hu says.
Frisco Hide and Seek Plush Flying Saucer Puzzle Dog Toy
Hu says that out of all of the toys at home, Frisco's Hide and Seek Flying Saucer dog toy is Ellie’s favorite by far.
“I stuff this toy with extra toys and treats and she goes absolutely nuts,” Hu says. “Between the squeaks, treats and toys, it keeps her busy for a good 20 minutes!”
And those 20 minutes are as entertaining for Hu as they are for her pup.
“It’s so fun to watch her play with this,” Hu says. “I have too many videos of her playing with this toy because it’s just so hilarious.”
American Journey Salmon & Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food
Ellie is a girl who knows what she wants. And when it comes to dog food, American Journey's Salmon & Sweet Potato Grain-Free recipe is her absolute favorite.
“She’s been on this for a good year and a half,” Hu says. “I’ve tried other kibble in the past with her and she would just nibble at it throughout the day. With this one, she gobbles it right up.”
In fact, whenever Hu goes to pick up the bowl, Ellie knows exactly what time it is.
“The moment I grab her bowl, she stares at me quietly and does a little spin,” Hu says. “It’s so cute.”
American Journey Beef Jerky Grain-Free Dog Treats
Ellie also prefers American Journey brand when it comes to dog treats. Her fave is American Journey's Grain-Free Beef Jerky.
“This is the high-value treat that I give Ellie whenever I need her to do something, like model at work,” Hu says.
Hu loves that she can break these treats up into little pieces and that they are made with wholesome ingredients.
“As soon as she hears the bag open, oh my gosh, you get her full attention,” Hu says. “She literally knows the sound of the bag opening and will stare at you.”
Frisco Reversible Travel Dog Raincoat
Rain doesn’t stop Ellie and Hu from heading outside when they have things to do.
“In Florida, it rains a lot, so I always have this with me for whenever we head somewhere,” Hu says. “This raincoat gets almost daily use and really helps keep Ellie as dry as possible.”
As an added bonus, this Frisco dog raincoat is reversible. One side has a floral pattern and the other side has a solid color.
“I love to switch it up and utilize both sides,” Hu says.
Frisco 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner With Organic Aloe
“I really like this shampoo,” Hu says. “I love, love, love that it is a two-in-one.”
Before Hu tried Frisco's 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner With Organic Aloe, she was using a shampoo and conditioner separately.
“I didn’t realize how much of a hassle it is to wash your dog twice until I only had to do it once,” Hu admits.
Not only has this product saved her time, but it’s also made Ellie’s fur feel softer, Hu says.
“Since using this formula, she definitely feels smoother,” Hu says. “It also smells so good!”
Bissell Symphony Pet All-in-One Vacuum & Steam Mop
Hu is also a big fan of Bissell Symphony Pet All-in-One Vacuum & Steam Mop.
“I am able to vacuum and steam my floor at the same time,” Hu says. “It’s so freaking good and super-efficient. It does the job really well.”
The vacuum has a powerful suction that can handle picking up pet hair, and the mop follows right behind it to tackle everyday messes.
“What’s nice is they give you two microfiber mop pads, and they’re washable,” Hu adds. “So you always have one on hand.”
Kurgo Heather Dog Booster Seat
“Whenever Ellie comes in the car with me, she’s always in the booster seat,” Hu says. “I got this because I am afraid of her jumping onto my lap or out of the car because she loves to look out the window.”
Kurgo's Heather Car Booster Seat for Dogs has put all those worries aside for Hu.
“What I like about this is that I am able to hook her into the booster seat, so she’s safe and she’s still able to look out the window,” Hu says.