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Tiny, travelling dinosaurs bring home big memories to P.E.I. workplace

Tiny dinosaurs Brutus and Caesar look on as Terry Anstey hangs up a new photo of the buddies in Iceland.
Tiny dinosaurs Brutus and Caesar look on as Terry Anstey hangs up a new photo of the buddies in Iceland. - Alison Jenkins
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

Caesar and Brutus are quiet co-workers at the OSL counter in the Summerside Wal-Mart.

The two plastic dinosaurs sit on top of a computer monitor while Terry Anstey sets up a new phone for a customer. 

After testing the new number, and sending the customer on his way, Anstey tapes up a fresh photo from his recent trip to Iceland.

Tiny dinosaurs Brutus and Caesar explore Iceland's volcanic landscape.- Desiree Anstey
Tiny dinosaurs Brutus and Caesar explore Iceland's volcanic landscape.- Desiree Anstey

In the photo, the two tiny dinosaurs are perched in front of a wide, rushing waterfall.  

“They showed up here (in the store) one day and we kind of adopted them,” said Anstey. 

The pair has “lived” at the cell phone kiosk since 2015, with the occasional trip to an exotic locale. 

Anstey, along with his wife, freelance journalist (and Journal Pioneer weekend reporter), Desiree Anstey, have been bringing the little pals with them on all their world travels.   

Brutus the tiny triceratops summiting Machu Picchu Mountain in Peru. - Desiree Anstey
Brutus the tiny triceratops summiting Machu Picchu Mountain in Peru. - Desiree Anstey

It started as “kind of a joke” when the Ansteys took Brutus, a triceratops, to Cuba. They snapped a few photos of him enjoying some local treats. 

When he returned to work, Anstey developed a few of the snaps and hung them up.

“Customers like it,” said Anstey. “It gives us something to talk about while we set up the phones.”

Next, Caesar, an ankylosaurus, went to Las Vegas. 

The two toys alternated trips to Banff, Costa Rica, Machu Picchu, Cuba (again) and Korea.

The dinosaurs’ voyages have become so popular, Anstey has started sending photos back throughout the trip.

“It’s the last thing I expect – an email from the boss while they’re on vacation,” said Chris Steele, Anstey’s co-worker. 

He calls on the dino-buddies to entertain children while their adults decide on a phone plan.

“It’s an icebreaker,” said Steele. “It creates a conversation that isn’t always there.”

If he had to guess, Anstey figures the little adventurers enjoy the exotic locations the best, the ones with waterfalls and rivers.

“They travel more than I do,” said Steele. “I’m jealous.”

Anstey enjoys having the dinosaurs’ portraits at work, and the conversations they start.

“People are always asking where they’re going next.”

Brutus the tiny triceratops enjoys a coconut in Cuba. - Desiree Anstey
Brutus the tiny triceratops enjoys a coconut in Cuba. - Desiree Anstey

Where do you think the Antseys should take Brutus and Caesar next? Comments are open on this article at SaltWire.com. 

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