Pets at Work...at Home?!
Have you seen newspaper
articles and TV news spots about people bringing their pets
to work? Is this a veiled attempt
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.
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
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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