Working Dog Coffee Company Story

Who We Are

We are a family of dog lovers and coffee drinkers.

My husband and I come from long lines of coffee and canine devotees. I think we were both given coffee in our sippy cups as babies – it was the '70s, things were different. As our lives and family grew, so did our passion for coffee. Hot, cold or day old, we can’t get started without it; the same way we couldn’t start our day without our four-legged companions. 

Our family has always adopted from and donated to rescue organizations.

In 2018, our fourteen year old lab-mix passed away. I was in the midst of combing through rescue websites for someone in need of a forever home, when a friend sent me the link to Big Fluffy Dog Rescue. Long story short and a few snow storms later, Denali, our Maremma sheepdog, was on a transport van to us, from Nashville, Tennessee. It was love at first sight. Over the next two years, I continued to follow the Rescue’s endeavors, and we welcomed the adoption of a second: Winston, our Great Pyrenees. From the onset of our journey, it had quickly became apparent that there are an untold number of working dogs in need of rescue and rehabilitation, and without groups that specialize in these breeds, there would be nowhere for them to go. I continued to follow and support with donations. Still, I wanted to do more. 

The Working Dog Coffee Company

Not too long ago, as I stood in the kitchen and passed out treats, I couldn’t help but acknowledge how deeply I love my dogs. And then, pouring a cup of coffee, it dawned on me: The Working Dog Coffee Company. 

Work hard. Play often. Love always.
-Misti Pike, Founder and CEO 


Meet the Working Dog Coffee Company Crew

Misti, Founder & CEO

Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, mother of seven children, and accomplished leader in mobile technology for a global company, passionate about animals.


Bradley, Co-Founder & Chief Barker (Marketing & Technology)

Born and raised in rural Indiana, father of seven children, heart in Carolina - soul in Montana, marketing & information technology for global science company, photographer, Jeeper.


Kerrigan, Marketing Intern

Pennsylvania State University student, studying Business Administration, Marketing and Management; avid reader and artist.


Greta, Health & Wellness Coordinator

Greta joined the crew in December 2021. Almost two, she's still a German Shepherd pup and will be devoting her first year to classes at Greater Coastal Canine Academy and coordinating health and wellness of the crew (lots of energy = lots of people exercise!)

Likes:
Frisbees. Running. Aerial acrobatics (in-flight Frisbee takedowns). Running after Frisbees. Puddles and mud.
Dislikes:
Leads/leashes. Walking on a lead/leash. Not running. Paws on the ground.


Denali, Chief Security Officer

Our Maremma Sheepdog from Big Fluffy Dog Rescue in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s pretty clear to us that she is quite the southern lady, with a sassy personality. If she could speak beyond a bark, she would be more than happy to reprimand her younger companions.

Likes:
Bones, naps, and napkins
Dislikes:
Neighbors, birds, flashlights, cameras, anything new or different, school buses, garbage trucks, shipping trucks...


Hemi, Special Ops & Logo Model

Hemi, the German Shepherd, is convinced that he’s the best dog in the house. He is currently stationed in Central Pennsylvania on a special mission (guarding his human).

Likes:
Jeeps, snacks, toys, and tug-of-war
Dislikes:
All work and no play


Winston, Security Guard & Greeter

Great Pyrenees BIG puppy, and our most recent addition, also from Big Fluffy Dog Rescue. Winston's self-appointed roles is to grumble at anything that has ever made noise, ever - including new crew members.

Likes:
Meeting new people, cuddling, and cruising around the neighborhood
Dislikes:
Eating his dinner, new crew members


Julie, Chasing butterflies across the Rainbow Bridge

Rescue - 2021. Forever loved. Forever missed.

"Punkin Spice" crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2021, after a very long and loving life of ~18 years. She was a beagle-mix adopted through Beagle 911 Rescue, State College, Pennsylvania.