I know I am spoiled – work wise – because much of my work can be done at home. I am a reporter for a local newspaper and we work from home a great deal
This means I get “pet’ breaks which I find most therapeutic. A mini walk outside with Kodi, scratching Rosie my Grey’s beak and an impromptu curl up with Samantha the cat.
I think my writing improves, my productivity increases when I allow myself some time with my animals during the day.
The number of workplaces are recognizing the value of allowing owners to bring their pets.
A recent study done by Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 concluded that employees who bring their dogs to work produced lower levels of the stress-causing hormone cortisol.
Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites dozens of animal experts who report that pets can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as increase opportunities for exercise and socialization.
Today I will miss my canine, feline, and avian, office mates as I attend a day-long school board meeting. I am going to be in a roomful of people and it’s going to be a long, lonely day.
Maybe I should bring Kodi along….he could herd them along.