Fleetwood’s been a member of the ModDog stampede since January of this year, making once-a-week appearances to keep her owner and personal chauffeur, Editorial Manager Rebecca, sane. Occupying a sweet apartment with more dog beds than floor space just south of San Francisco, Fleet hops a ride in Rebecca’s car every Tuesday and enjoys the jaunt into the city (ignoring Rebecca while she groans about her distaste for driving, of course) so she can sprinkle the office with her sloppy-tongued smile and completely distracting tail-banging.
Ah, yes. The tail-banging. It may not be the first thing you notice about this 6-year-old Golden Retriever, but it’s what you’ll remember — especially if you’re in a meeting and she starts knocking her tail aggressively into whatever will provide the loudest echo. And that’s how she got her name, too. “We rescued Fleet from a puppy mill in Taiwan, so she was understandably nervous when we first brought her home,” Rebecca shares. “But even so, she would not stop wagging and banging her tail into this really loud wooden wall. She sounded like a metronome — like a drummer – so we named her Fleetwood.”
Weighing in at 50-pounds — depending on how many bananas she’s eaten (“She’s weirdly obsessed with them, so if I want one for myself, I have to, like, hide in the corner so she can’t find me,” Rebecca adds) — Fleet’s much smaller than her fluffy pure-bred counterparts. But that doesn’t bother her any, because Fleet’s only interested in the humans. “She gets bored with other dogs really quickly, she’s really only interested in people, which warms my heart to see other folks give her attention.” When she’s not busy sniffing out banana peels from the garbage and swatting her tail against hard objects, you can find her taking #selfies on Instagram at @floofweed.