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 thousands upon thousands 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, Alpha Dog (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, 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, Barking Team (Marketing Intern)

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

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, Security Guard/Model

Hemi, the German Shepherd, is convinced that he’s the best dog in the house. He likes to steal toys and show off his plunder to the other dogs. 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. The baby of the family, he has taken it upon himself to chew everything in the house and grumble at anything that has ever made noise, ever. He’s a lovable, dopey little boy who hasn’t quite gotten a handle on being so big.

Likes:
Meeting new people, cuddling, and cruising around the neighborhood

Dislikes:
Eating his dinner

Julie, Fully Vested/Lazy Retirement

"Punkin Spice"... senior beagle-mix, without a care in the world, adopted through Beagle 911 Rescue, State College, Pennsylvania. Her throne doubles as the living room couch, which she so generously shares with her beloved human companions. Miss Julie is a sweet old lady without any teeth, so remember: her bark is worse than her bite.

Likes:
Eating Winston’s dinner, the couch, and belly rubs

Dislikes:
Naptime interruptions