Pets Over Coworkers

Hello readers! It’s been a while since I posted, but that’s only because work has been nonstop. I have been thinking about how fortunate I am to have two great puppies to hang out with all day, and recently I’m beginning to realize how crucial they are to my sanity. Let me explain.

In this business, almost everything you do is in front of a computer. I say almost because nothing is 100%, but with that said, I can’t think of a single thing that isn’t done in front of a computer. Personally, I have a three monitor setup with a standing desk and enough computing power to download even the nastiest video file in a reasonable amount of time. I spend a lot of time in front of my computer.

I’ve purposefully positioned my desk so that I’m right next to a window. There’s a hummingbird feeder hanging outside, and being in the Southwest US, it gets quite a bit of use every day. Sadly, the hummingbirds aren’t enough company. As cool as they are, they aren’t overly personable. That’s why I’m very thankful to have my two dogs.

Dogs are exceptional companions but also make great coworkers. They always listen to your day without boring you with theirs, they force you to go on walks and get you out of the house, and they remind you that life isn’t all about work. It can be easy to spend two weeks at your computer without going outside for anything (especially now that everything is deliverable). Dogs are a great way to break us out of our bad habits while receiving some emotional and spiritual therapy at the same time.

I’m a dog person, but I know plenty of cat people who feel the same way about their cats. I even see some fish people. Get yourself a furry work friend, and I promise you your day-to-day will improve, both in your vocation and in your avocation.

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

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