Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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December 13, 2012

Friends & Neighbors

Teasdale's passions are her work, animals

Cordele — Work and caring for her babies as she calls her three dogs and two cats are pretty much Trisha Teasdale’s life. She loves her job at Denny’s Restaurant, and she really gets attached to her animals which she describes as “better than children. They don’t talk back.”

Teasdale does have two children, a 21 year old son who graduated from Crisp Academy in 2009 and a 13 year old daughter who currently is in 8th grade at Crisp County Middle School. She also has a close relationship with them, and she and her husband, Gary actually work together.

Teasdale who grew up in Cordele moved away at the age of 16, but returned about 11 years ago and has worked at Denny’s ever since. “I waited tables about three years, then went into management.” Currently, she is the day shift manager. She particularly enjoys working with her employees and the guests, many of whom she calls good friends. “I rarely miss work. I love being around people and staying busy.”

About five years ago, Teasdale’s husband was hired to manage the whole restaurant. She laughs that she helped train him, but quickly admits she did not want the job. “I don’t want that responsibility, and besides, he’s much better with numbers than I am.”

The two work separately, but she answers to him, and they always work the same shift so they can be off at the same time. “We both go about our business and don’t really have that much contact while we’re on the job. It works well.”

A few months ago, Teasdale began feeding a couple of kittens who hung around outside the restaurant. She named them Miss Daisy and Denny (a female and male). Soon Miss Daisy had four kittens, and Teasdale carried all five of the cats home with her so she could better care for them. By the time they were six weeks ago, she had adopted out all the blue-eyed kittens, including one who had only three paws.

She had fallen in love with Miss Daisy, however, so she decided to keep her. Now, she has two cats, two large dogs, one smaller canine and two aquariums. They all live inside her home, and they get along great. “I think they would all lay in the same bed together if I let them.”

Denny remains outside the restaurant, and responds when Teasdale calls his name. There are several other cats hanging around, and “our customers feed them. Sometimes they purchase food from us to give them.”

Besides her work, Teasdale says she loves to shop and go to craft shows. “I take off two Saturdays each year to go to Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. It’s my favorite.”

Denny’s has several special menus each year, Teasdale explains, and right now, the restaurant is promoting the Hobbit movie with special entrees like the Hobbit Hole Breakfast, Shire Sausage Skillet and a Ring Burger with the latter two being best sellers.

With the purchase of any one of the special meals, Teasdale says, customers receive a free pack of Hobbit cards. This promotion continues through Jan. 13.

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