Marty V, the pup who inspired The Cuyahoga Group’s All-American favorite, The Marty V Hotdog Line, has been hard at work these past several months, and he graciously took the time to talk out of his busy schedule to talk with us again.
Let’s begin with a recent inspiring quote from Marty V, proudly displayed on the breakroom wall in our North Ridgeville Culinary Center:
“I’m happy to share my wisdom to help The Cuyahoga Group discover the best in food and beverage options in Vending, Micro-Markets, Mobile Dining, Catering and Office Coffee, but I can’t take all the credit, it’s in my DNA. I come from a long line of fiercely adorable, curly-haired pack dogs. Do you think we wanted to roam for miles to catch or gather great tasting meals, snacks and beverages? Of course not! Over many generations, we finally figured out that we wanted our culinary favorites stocked and ready to grab-n-go, in the comfort of our workplace! May the wisdom of the ages inspire us all.” –Marty V.
Thank you for the inspiration, Marty, and now, let’s get to the interview:
CuyGroup: The Marty V hot dog line is doing very well, and we know you’ve been working around the clock, so now that the holidays are almost here, are you going to slow down and relax a little?
Marty: Here’s the thing, slowing down is not who I am. Before my ancestors invented fresh food vending, they roamed for days just to capture the best wild lettuce and clover for a nice salad. So, to answer your question, no, I will not just hang around all day guzzling martini’s and chasing stuffed animals, that would dishonor their legacy, get it?
CuyGroup: Well yes, Marty, we get it, but we also heard that you took a little time to celebrate Halloween, and we have a picture to prove it.
Marty: What are you, the National Enquirer? The Cleveland paparazzi? If I wanted my own reality TV show, believe me, I’d get it. “The Real House Dogs of Cleveland” have already contacted me, but I turned them down. Ok fine, I do enjoy a good holiday as much as the next pup. And yes, I did partake in Halloween, reluctantly. Jack-O-Lanterns freak me out, I won’t look directly at them. My parents didn’t carve a pumpkin this year, but they did make me wear the costume. I could’ve torn it up in less than thirty seconds, but I decided to be a good son and just deal with it. They take really good care of me, so the least I could do was ignore my pride and suffer several hours of humiliation to bring some delight to their day. I hope they’re happy.
CuyGroup: Wow, strong feelings about Halloween. So, did you go Trick-or-Treating on Halloween night?
Marty: After the picture-taking and the ‘Oh he looks so cute’ comments, I mentioned that I’d like to at least score some candy to balance out the humiliation, so off we went. As soon as we got to the end of the driveway, I spotted Sofia walking toward us—she’s a calico cat. I asked her out on a date once, and she just turned her furry head and walked away. She obviously doesn’t know a good thing when she sees it (like all cats). Anyway, Sofia was sporting a lioness costume—what a joke. I gave her an eyeroll and she hissed, and that was it for me. I was like, “mom, dad, I’m done, I’m going home.” Lucky for me, I got back inside the house just in time to watch Jeopardy.
CuyGroup: Will you be seeing Santa Claus this year?
Marty: Duh, yes, I see Santa every year, and I’m talking real Santa, not fake, mall Santa. I happen to know the real Santa personally, in fact, we talk often. Santa is meeting me this year at a not-to-be-named location, somewhere along East 9th, near the lake. I’m going to modify the way Santa delivers presents. He is finally understanding, after hundreds of years, that dogs are better than reindeer to lead his sleigh. You’ve heard of dog sled races, haven’t you? Have you heard of reindeer sled races? No, you haven’t, and for good reason.
CuyGroup: Good point, but Santa Claus has special reindeer that can fly.
Marty: Good point, NOT! Certain dog breeds can fly, and you’re looking at one. Google it if you don’t believe me. Some reindeer can fly, but not as safely or swiftly as dogs. Do the darn math, geez.
CuyGroup: You truly are a pup of many talents. So, to switch topics, we hear that you’re attending night school. What are you studying?
Marty: Thank you, I don’t like to brag, but yes, talent seems to follow me around. Night school, well, that’s an interesting question. I’ll explain it this way: our clever ways cause stress to our human family, so they send us to night school to ‘train’ us, bless their hearts. At my night school, though, I am learning great skills on how to train my humans.
CuyGroup: How is that working for you?
Marty: It’s working great, I’ve already trained my parents to stop talking. It’s the stare-down technique, and it usually works like a charm. I have a great instructor, her name is Diane and she’s old school, no-nonsense. The commands she teaches are rooted in human psychology, it’s legit. Like, when I want a treat, I’ll do a little trick, like roll over, and if that doesn’t work, I’ll bark my head off until they can’t take it anymore—and either way I get the treat.
CuyGroup: So back to the holidays, do you have your holiday gift list complete? What are you asking for this year?
Marty: As far as what I want, just normal stuff, like peace on Earth, and a little peace and quiet at home, and maybe a little less cuddling. My parents are great, but all the cuddling ruins my curls. I’d also like any item that tastes or looks like bacon; also, hotdogs and chicken salad wedges, and an occasional can of Mountain Dew. Oh, forgot to mention, I’m going to volunteer my time to hang with my friends (yes, even the cats) at the Animal Protective League. There but for the grace of dog go I.
CuyGroup: Well said, Marty. Thank you for the candid interview, we’ll catch up with you in the New Year.
Marty: You’re quite welcome.
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