While the “bring your child to work day” is still embraced by the business sector, we have a new tradition in Spinal Column land. Paws instead of little feet pad across our floors as we roll out the mat for man’s best friend. Yes, it’s bring your dog to work day everyday here at SCN.
In many mental health facilities, pet therapy is used as complementary care in nurturing and fostering a calm environment. Four-legged friends provide therapy in nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, private residences and elementary schools. Now we can add businesses to the list.
Here at Spinal Column the dogs have become part of our extended family. Gracie, a little bundle of joy and a West Highland Terrier is just a pup. She tugs on our heart strings as she runs up to say hello to everyone in her path. Luke, a reticent Jack Russell terrier, impresses all of us with his ability to turn in a circle and change directions on cue. He’s a loyal lad always staying close to Carolyn, our accounts receivable manager. My personal favorite however, is a beautiful black Labrador, named Belle, whose sweet nature is characterized by some of her endearing antics like propping her head on my knee or curling up under my feet. She may be my own dog but no, I’m not bias.
Some may argue a business is no place for pets, but morale is up when they’re around. Smiles and laughter abound, and they are great conversation ice breakers. Even the grumpiest worker stops in his tracks to stoop down and give each pooch a gentle pat on the top of its head. Others spoil our four-legged friends with biscuits and cookies, and of course plenty of affection. Our office manager, Carol, is notorious for buying little trinkets precipitating their return every week. Thanks Carol.
So those of you in the business world, drop the “bring your doggie to work day” in the suggestion box. It’s one of the greatest perks on the job. I know you’ll see a change for the better in your work place because animals bring out the best in all of us.