Who wouldn’t want a dog who is beautiful, friendly, and funny? Not to mention has a big smile, lovable eyes, and a softness that can melt any dog’s heart … no matter how rough the exterior. Those are just some of the winning characteristics someone can expect when encountering Lulu Gold Williams … and she just happens to be THE heir to the Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams’ furniture empire!
This year marks the ten year anniversary when Lulu captured the hearts of her parents Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams. “When Bob and I first saw Lulu we fell in love with the fact that she looked really grumpy in a sweet way,” Gold said. Would one of her parents say that there is any contrast between their personalities and Lulu’s? “I don’t think I can contrast it.” Gold said. “Bob and I both try to have a personality like hers, where we are nice to people and give off a positive vibe. I’m not a screamer or yeller and neither is Bob. I think a lot of people choose pets that have similar personalities to them.”
Lulu has inspired both Gold and Williams with their day-to-day activities. “When Lulu walks into a room, she has a way of immediately making people feel happy. The way she waddles and stuff. And I’ve thought about how when I enter a room, how can I do it in a manner that makes my staff feel good.”
Lulu is not only a fundamental part of Gold and Williams’ life, but she is also a intricate part of their company. She is at their main office in North Carolina every business day, and missed terribly by staff when she is not around. She’s also present during all of their major meetings. Gold said, “When we have meetings here with five or ten people she always follows.” It’s one of the things Gold loves about her. “I’ll be talking business and all of a sudden she’ll be snoring really loud and it always makes everyone laugh. She’s irreverent. She doesn’t care that I’m the chairman of the company.”
Lulu strolls through the factory and sniffs everybody. “She loves to play with the kids in the daycare center, which was created for their staff, and was named after her, Lulu’s Childhood Enrichment Center, there are seventy-four kids there.”
Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams are two of the most successful furniture designers and entrepreneurs of our time. Their line is featured in Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, and Restoration Hardware. They have had their own factory for eleven years. Lulu is also the reason they began the slipcover business. “The business is for anyone who has pets or kids. We were one of the first to create slipcovers for our line. They’re washable and easy to clean. I remember watching shows in the 60’s like Ozzy and Harriet and the dog would be on the floor while he’s reading the newspaper. That’s not how people live today, their dog is on the couch right next to them.”
In the meantime, Lulu is still available and looking to share her dream doghouse with some dog. For any possible future suitors, they should know that Lulu is friendly, but snores loudly and eats only Eukanuba. Why would single canines want to date Lulu? “She’s rich,” Gold laughs. “No, because she’s beautiful first of all, she’s as sweet as can be. She’s a lot of fun … and she’s financially stable. She’s in our wills and will be well taken care of.” So for the lucky pet that Lulu should happen to fall in love with, Gold says “They’ll live in the ultimate designed doghouse.”
– Jacqueline Fuentes