When Chantel Trollip arrives at work at a nearby hospital, she is met by a variety of employees, including Elwood the cat.
“I met Elwood for the first time approximately a year ago. Trollip told The Dodo, “I took up extra hours at the hospital and noticed him hanging around more regularly.” “He’s there almost every day, and if I don’t see him, my coworkers will.” He’s generally either guarding the front entrance for pats or soaking up the sun in the shrubs nearby.”
Trollip and her coworkers aren’t exactly sure where Elwood comes from or who he belongs to, but he’s always seemed perfectly at ease at the hospital. After a while, no one really questioned it anymore and considered Elwood as just another hospital employee.
Trollip arrived at work one day and recognized Elwood — and quickly noted that, in addition to his collar, he was now wearing an employee ID card that identified him as a member of the security team. She’d had a bad start to the day, but learning that Elwood was no longer an independent contractor and had been “hired” as a full-time employee of the hospital immediately changed her mind.
Trollip explained, “He has his own ID badge that is similar to our genuine staff credentials, down to the call numbers on the reverse.”
Elwood’s daily routine hasn’t altered much now that he’s a full-fledged employee, since he’s always taken his work seriously. He’s always enjoyed the attention and head pats, but he doesn’t have time to snuggle or spend too much time with one group. He has a job to complete, after all.
“He enjoys a good pat but likes to keep things short and move around a fair bit,” Trollip said. “He is on the security team, after all, has to make sure everyone coming and going gets checked.”
While Trollip and her employees aren’t sure where Elwood came from, they’re delighted he’s here, and everyone feels safer knowing Elwood the guard cat is constantly on the lookout.