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Pets at Home?!
Dan Reinhold

Have you seen newspaper articles and TV news spots about people bringing their pets to work? Is this a veiled attempt to make the workplace more like home?

Supposedly, some people claim that it creates greater productivity and a better sense of well-being. Of course, not all pets and/or occupations are exactly suited to it.

"Now, Trixie, you be a good poodle and stop jumping on the scaffolding. We're twenty stories up...Trixie?"

"Hey, Buster, you lucky kitty-cat! You're going with Mommy to work at the dog pound!"

Working at home naturally means your pet's there with you, however. Not always the best thing for productivity and well- being, somehow. When my dog, Hunter, is with me, he'll play nonstop with his tennis ball -- usually -- when he's not bellowing at it for having the nerve to roll under a bureau under which he no longer fits. I once saw a Great Dane dive under a couch for his squeaky toy. Unfortunately, I was a passenger on that couch for a short flight.

When Hunter's out, my cat's in. He doesn't believe in working at home at all unless you're working to make him happy. Or as he puts it: "MeowMEOWRRR!" (loosely translated, "Work to do?
The cat Is HUNGRY!")

Whether you're a crafter with a cunning canine covertly chewing cushions or a freelancer with a fretful feline fixated on feeding, well, you get what I mean. Pets are one more aspect of working at home that keeps it...interesting.

With two boys, a dog, a cat, a wife and a household to keep together to boot, Dan Reinhold is the editor of WAHumor to hang on to his sanity by showing how insane the work-at-home community can be. Work at home? You deserve a laugh!

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