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Stray earns pawfessional role
6th October 2020

By Karen Pickwick



A stray pup that kept showing up at a car dealership was given the job of meeting and greeting customers and has now been adopted as the showroom’s official mascot.

Earlier this year, staff at the Hyundai Prime branch in Brazil spotted the dog waiting around outside the showroom and assumed he would eventually move on, the Mirror reports.

But as time passed by the stray continued to appear and on one particularly rainy night the manager, Emerson Mariano, took pity on the pup and invited him into the warmth for some food and water.

The lonely dog seemed determined to stay and it didn’t take him long to win the hearts of the staff, who adopted him as the dealership’s mascot. They named him Tucson Prime and hired him as a ‘pawfessional consultant’, giving him a staff ID badge and training him on the phones.

Although the initial plan was simply to provide the dog a warm place to stay, Tucson’s natural ability to greet and interact with customers earned him a promotion to front of house, according to Bored Panda.

Customers who had bought a car have even returned to say hello to Tucson and give him gifts as a thank you.

Manager Emerson said: “The company has always been pet friendly, so now we decided to embrace this idea in practice too, having our own pet precisely at a more complicated time like this with so many abandoned animals.”

Tucson was taken to the vets to ensure he had all the necessary vaccinations and his rise up the employment ladder at Hyundai means he is now expected to star in a national advertising campaign for the car manufacturer.