Take Your Dog to Work Day
Posted: June 15, 2012
Up until a few years ago, I laughed at the thought of bringing a dog to the office. Now, living with three dogs under the same roof, I am looking forward to the possibility of taking one of the three canines to the workplace. "Take Your Dog to Work Day " is Fri., June 22nd. The tradition started in the United States in 1999 and an estimated 300 companies participate nationwide.
I began to wonder what it would be like if any of our dogs visited the place where I work.
Christopher, an eight-year-old mix of Papillon and Shih tzu, would be the likeliest choice to bring to work. He is only about nine pounds and is a great traveler. He is friendly to just about everyone after a few protective barks, but he is very social. Since his mouth is too small to grasp a tennis ball, Christopher fetches golf balls. Actually, he chases golf balls and takes them to his secret hiding place. (I'm convinced he has at least 40 golf balls beneath the teenage daughter's bed). The only drawback to bringing Christopher to the workplace is that he is prone to pick up his hind leg whenever he approaches a plant, bush or flower bed.
Gigi is a nine-year-old purebred Afghan. She is a bit skittish, and prefers to be around women more than men. In fact, Gigi often prances and shows off in front of female strangers as if she were on stage at the Westminster Dog Show. Since I share my office with only my office manager, Tammy, I think Gigi would get along fine in my office building. But I'm afraid she would be a bit nervous, which probably would not make the experience fun for either one of us.
Lily is a "rescue dog" that will soon be approaching her second birthday. She is a mix of Black Labrador, Springer Spaniel and some type of herding breed. Lily is a bundle of energy and is often out of control when around people. Although we do our best to socialize her, she is a bit protective around strangers. The hardest part about training Lily is that she is runs in circles every few feet since she's constantly herding. This makes it difficult to take Lily on walks because she often gets in the way of the person walking her. However, if I were to take Lily to a workplace that had a pond with uninvited geese, she would be an asset to the workplace.
Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would be trying to decide which dog I would someday bring to work. But since there's a day dedicated to the concept, I think I'll bring Christopher with me on June 22nd. I just have to make sure he stays out of Tammy's office space since she has three flowering plants within his reach.