Some of you may already know this, but I am the Office Assistant at AnimalSense. I’m a bit of an organization freak, so files and spreadsheets are basically my domain, and I love it! However, one of my favorite things about this job has nothing to do with the job itself: we can bring our dogs to the office.
If you’ve read my blogs before, then you know about Eddy, my ridiculous, Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. If you read my very last blog, you’ll know that he doesn’t like other dogs, so he doesn’t come to the office very often. I bring a dog that technically doesn’t belong to me.
Growing up, our family’s dogs were always “my” dogs. I think we all do that when we’re growing up. If I had been in charge of them, god knows what would have happened, but they were still mine. As I got a little older, I started to help my mom train them, and eventually become a certified therapy dog handler. Fast forward to present time, and I’m still certified as a therapy dog handler, but not with Eddy. I’m certified with my parent’s dog, Sitka.
Sitka and I have bonded over the years, and we’re a good team. He’s my dog, whether my parents agree with me or not. I bring him to work as many times a week as I can. Every morning he waits for me by the window. When I bring him out of the house he pulls me down the stairs and then sits very nicely in front of the car door, as he knows we’re going somewhere fun.
Most of the time, Sitka sleeps under my desk the whole day. He’s a big guy, so he takes up a lot of room. It’s not uncommon for one of us to trip over him on our way to the printer or to Lindsay’s office. In fact, I would say that is a daily occurrence, because when we trip over the dog, we laugh and then we take a “pet the dog” break. It all works out.
I would be remiss if I didn’t share a little advice with you on bringing your dogs to work. Make sure you have desks you can tether the dogs to, and make sure they always have water. They need breaks just like you, so make sure there is a place they can eliminate. If you AND a co-worker are bringing dogs, make sure BOTH dogs are friendly with one another. If you do allow them to play then make sure to break up play at least every ten minutes. If they play for too long the play can escalate their arousal levels and cause some serious office destruction.
In fact, keep reading my blogs for some “Sitka at the office” stories. Last week he matched the perfect pitch of a fire truck and then kept on howling. He has been having a romantic affair with Carol’s, the Client Services Coordinator, dog, Lulu, and he greets every customer with a friendly tail wag, hoping for some awesome pets. Funny blogs and stories are in our future.