The 52 Weeks Project : Week 5
I have had the pleasure of working in two different offices where my bosses brought their dogs to work. It makes work awesome. In fact, a study done in 2012 by the Virginia Commonwealth University found that dogs make a positive difference in the workplace by reducing stress and making the job more satisfying for other employees.
…during the course of the work day, self-reported stress declined for employees with their dogs present and increased for non-pet owners and dog owners who did not bring their dogs to work. The team noted that stress significantly rose during the day when owners left their dogs at home compared to days they brought them to work.
I used to keep Milkbone at my desk, to bribe the dogs at work to love me, and it worked. However, I’d like to think that it’s more than the Milkbone but more my general overall good vibe that I have. The fact is that I am genuinely happy to see them. Nothing brings joy like a dog happy to see me.
Yesterday when I walked into the office, Juno, the office Shih-poo, was so happy to see me that she dragged the stool that she was tethered to, over to me when she came to greet me. So much love, it made the cold day bearable. Later, around 3pm when post-lunch sleepiness was upon me, Jory dressed Juno up for a walk outside, and she let us put a hat on her. A very good sport.
Office dogs have made my working life sweet. I wish they could read this and know they are loved.
Do you work at a place where there is a dog at the office? Send me a pic at email@example.com and tell me a bit about them.
P.S. I shout out to Old Jake the dog as well. I wish I had a picture of him. Oh Jake, you were a sweet old dog when I met you, but I appreciated you infinitely when I was the new kid at work so many years ago, and you greeted me quietly at my desk every day by licking my hand.