Reporter’s Notebook: Dogs earn keep by helping store owner

CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Customers at Sandia Wholesale are usually greeted into the store with welcoming barks from its four-legged employees.

Jim Graham, who owns the candy and paper product distributing store on North Main Street, has taken his dogs to work with him for the last 10 years.

Graham’s two dogs, Little Bit, a 10-year-old Boston terrier, and Izzie, an 8-month-old miniature schnauzer, are main fixtures at his candy store.

Little Bit, Graham said, has been coming to work with him since she was 6 weeks old.

“She never misses a day’s work,” he said. “She has to come.”

The two pooches earn their keep at the store, Graham said. Little Bit brings in the mail and the newspaper and Izzie is learning to do it as well.

But their main job is customer service. The two dogs usually stay by the front door ready to greet customers as they come in the store.

“People know these dogs better than they know me,” he said.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Gabriel Monte. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is: