These dogs make work more fun at Marry Murray’s
Canine coworkers Dub and Koda come to work with Nikki Argo every day.
Nikki Argo with her dogs, Dub and Koda. The canines come to work with her every day at Mary Murray’s Flowers.
When Nikki Argo took ownership of Mary Murray’s Flowers five years ago, she made one immediate change.
“My husband, Jeff, and I always talked about how cool it would be to take our animals to work with us,” Argo says.
Every day since, the couple’s two dogs, Dub and Koda, have made the shop at 3333 E. 31st St. their second home.
Koda is a purebred pit bull they rescued from breeders five years ago. “She’s super protective,” Argo says. “Her bark is an alarm to let us know a new person is in the store.
“If you do something she doesn’t like, she’ll turn her back to you and lift her head. She’s just like a teenage girl.”
They usually keep Koda away from customers “because people have been misled about the breed,” Argo says. “We hope that with more socialization and education, she will be able to roam the store freely.”
That’s a benefit given to Dub, a Labrador mix named after the 43rd president, George W. Bush. The dog has a noticeably different demeanor than his counterpart. “Dub is like wallpaper, you never even know he’s there,” Argo says. The family rescued him from the SPCA seven years ago.
After graduating from Northeastern State University several decades ago, Argo’s original career plans looked very different. “I had planned to go to law school and get into politics,” she says. “I was going to be the first female president.”
But love got in the way. “I met Jeff one night, and we were married three months later,” Argo says of her husband, who oversees the finances of Mary Murray’s Flowers.
Just before they were married, Argo went to work for Mary Murray, who founded the flower shop in 1963. She died in 2014 at age 87. “This was my first and only job, so I’ve worked here forever,” Argo says. “Mary hired me and trained me because I didn’t know anything about the floral business. She taught me every aspect of the business.”
When asked why they bring their dogs to work every day, Argo smiles. “More than anything it gives Jeff and me a sense that our family is all right here.”