6965 S. 69th E. Ave Tulsa, OK 74133 (918) 743-9868
Reuniting two Labrador siblings was a goal of Chris and John McLemore, and the fringe benefit is bringing those pooches to work every day. Chris McLemore is office manager of McLemore Insurance Agency at 6965 South 69th East Avenue, owned by her husband. It has been a McLemore family business since 1954, with roots dating to 1903, making it the oldest insurance agency in Tulsa County.
In April 2020, the McLemores took in two Labradors whose owners had lost their home and had to split up the siblings. When the McLemores rescued brother Drake and sister Sage, the dogs were overjoyed to be back together. Drake, eight-and-a-half years old, is a gentle blond giant at 130 pounds. Sage is ten-and-a-half, black, and a mere 90 pounds. The two love to load up in the McLemores’ SUV, crateless, and sit in the second-row seats with their heads peaking out the windows.
The McLemores also sometimes bring their beagle “granddog” to the office. Boo Radley, named for a character in To Kill a Mockingbird (his previous owners were English teachers), is 13-and-a-half years old and belongs to the McLemores’ granddaughter. He stays with the McLemores’ stepdaughter and attends day care but enjoys an occasional day at the insurance agency.
The first rescue dogs who went to work at the McLemore agency were McLab and Shadow, starting in about 2005.
Some customers bring their dogs (usually small ones) to the agency, knowing it is a friendly place for pets.
McLemore Insurance Agency specializes in commercial insurance, and about 80 percent of the clients are small businesses. For more information, call (918) 743-9868 or visit https://www.mclemoreinsurance.com.