How Did Subaru Get His Name?
When the Langs are out and about with Subaru, the first question they get asked is, “Subaru, like the car?” That had the family wondering just why their puppy had been given that name.
The answer is found more than 200 miles away, in Danville, California, with the Moore family, who are the Guide Dogs for the Blind volunteer breeding stock custodians for a black Labrador named Maeve. Subaru is one of Maeve’s puppies, and as the breeding stock custodians, the Thomas family has the chance to submit puppy names to the organization for consideration. They submitted the name Subaru due to their loyalty to the car brand.
“We were hooked after we bought our first Forester in 2003 to cart our three kids to school, athletics, and to the Sierras,” recounted Sue Moore. “The car made it through high school, two college campuses, and a few seasons at Tahoe ski resorts with no problem.”
That original Forester today has more than 176,000 miles and counting, and the Moores have two additional Outback models that keep their family on the go.
Subaru – Leashed to Guide Dogs
“It takes a village to raise a child.” That African wisdom extends far beyond humans; just ask Dave and Beth Adams. The Dallas-area couple knows firsthand that it takes an entire community to raise puppies that will go on to serve a much greater purpose.
Dave and Beth are two of the more than 1,400 puppy raisers for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the nation’s largest guide dog school, located in Northern California. Dave, who serves as dealer development manager for the Dallas zone of Subaru of America, Inc., began the mission when living on the West Coast. He and Beth wanted to continue their service when they moved to Dallas a few years ago, but needed help getting a Texas guide dog raiser club started. In came Sewell Subaru.
“At Sewell, we're dedicated to supporting the communities in which we live and work,” explained Doug Veling, Sewell general manager. “That's why we approach nonprofits like Guide Dogs for the Blind with the same drive and energy as we do all of our core business functions.”
Sewell provided transportation support for the new puppies of the Lone Star Guide Dog Raisers Club in Dallas-Fort Worth three years ago. Since then, clubs have started in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and College Station, Texas. Putting customer service and community support at the forefront of their dealership is nothing new for Sewell. Recipient of the 2012 Stellar Care Award, Sewell is regarded among the ranks of other Subaru retailers for instituting the highest standards of excellence at its dealership.
“Professionally, I help dealers get new dealerships off the ground each day,” added Dave Adams. “But my passion is in helping visually impaired people stay in the game of life with four-legged companions who bring them not only mobility, but confidence as well. I love that both facets of my life have intersected in such a meaningful way.”