Someone at the Kirby vacuum cleaner company must have discovered the magic of the Google alert. Soon after we published an article about pet names, Mayor Bill Baarsma received this letter from a PR person.
Dear Mayor Baarsma:
We recently read an article where you named your dog Kirby after our vacuum cleaning system. With your permission, we would like to add this in our next newsletter along with how you settled on Kirby for the name. Everyone here at the company enjoyed hearing the story and we have enclosed some Kirby cleaning products for you and something extra for Kirby.
Baarsma wrote back:
What a delightful surprise to receive the package of Kirby products as a result of an article in our local Tribune. My wife and I did a “double take” when we opened your letter and saw what appeared to be our dog’s own personal letterhead! And, of course, as mayor, it pleases me that Tacoma gets noticed so far away.
The letter goes on to describe Kirby’s history as a “pound hound” that Baarsma’s wife adopted from the Humane Society. He’s 15 now and slowing down, but still able to suck up food from the floor, the mayor writes. More from the letter:
He was two years old and came with the Kirby moniker. But it didn’t take long to decide that the name really fit his personality and would not be changed. Kirby’s high energy and ability to clean every little crumb off the kitchen floor nailed it. If bits of food drop to the floor, we just call Kirby to clean it up.