As you drive past the Advantage Homes constuction sites at Brunswick Crossing, you see many new houses emerge. Construction workers hauling heavy equipment and road crews flagging drivers on…but did you know that one of the most important members of the work team has four legs instead of two?
His name is Harley and he is the unofficial mascot of Brunswick Crossing! This four year old Chocolate Lab has been on one jobsite after another since he was an 8 week old pup and his owner Stephen Barnes wouldn’t have it any other way. Steve, Site Supervisor for Advantage, has made sure that Harley has a place alongside him on the job every day.
Harley is not only involved in overseeing the actual construction of the new homes but he attends the meetings as well; carefully going over blueprints and making sure the job is done to his specifications. He works cheap too. As long as Steve can supply him with dog treats, he’ll be on the job every day.
On Thursdays he rides with Steve to the main office in Germantown and lays comfortably under the table as the crew sort out the details for the day. Although resting, he is hard at work thinking about his next plan of action and how he can help Steve during his day. “He’s involved in every aspect,” Steve laughs.
According to Rick Centra, President of Advantage Homes, “Our team of loyal contractors adore him. His presence on site, in rain, snow or sunshine, brings a lot of happiness to all. This 100+ pound blessing has the disposition of a saint. He never gets upset, loves everyone and diligently patrols our work area.”
He has also won an award for his hard work. “To my knowledge, Harley is the only dog that I know of that was formally recognized by a homebuilding company at a model home opening. For his efforts, companionship and friendly demeanor, Harley received the Milk Bone Award at our opening. I presented this fine dog with a 5 pound box of Milk Bones that Steve graciously accepted on Harley’s behalf,” says Rick who invites everyone who visits Brunswick Crossing to take a few minutes to visit with Harley. “It’s definitely worth your time to meet our magnificent mascot.”
Since Brunswick Crossing is a 10-15 year project, it looks like Harley has some job security. “We love it here,” says Steve, “we’ll be around for awhile.”