Sign of the times - Working dogs rule! by Liz Rogers

Pepper, Indy and William love going to work. And that’s not just because their owners are there with them. It’s because they get to meet all kinds of interesting people throughout the day, chase balls and butterflies and chow down like kings (the scraps off the lunch table can been tasty!). These are well-loved members of an extended family who are a tad dog crazy and don’t care if anyone knows it.

Progress Signs has been around since 1988. This sign writing business (think everything from road signs to shop fronts to real estate and large format sign writing) is a Mornington institution. It was founded by Graeme, and his sons Steve and Craig run the show now with dad and have always had dogs by their side.  

After all – dogs are man’s best friend and friends stick like ‘fuzzy’ mud.

Steve’s dog Pepper (Border Collie) is the oldest and Graeme’s dog William (Labrador Kelpie Cross) is the youngest. The middle ‘furry child’ Indy (Craig’s dog) is a German Short Haired Pointer. (There’s also a cat called Peppe who was found in the yard one day and stayed. She’s around 10 years old).

“The clients love having them around,” says Graeme, who has always had a canine companion at work. Before adopting William, Graeme’s best friend was a black Labrador called Diesel. “It’s a generational thing. They come out with us on jobs if they can, or hang out at the factory because there’s always somebody there. They really go everywhere with us. We’re companions. Everyone knows them.”

When the terrific trio isn’t working (of sorts) they like to go for walks – Indy loves the Balcombe Estuary Reserves -  and of course hunkering down for a snuggle or a bowl of Black Hawk grub.

Drop by to say hi any time. You’ll be welcomed with wagging tails and smiles.

Now that’s a sign of the times.