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Bringing Your Pet to Work

Pets play an important part in the lives of many of us. I'm a cat lover. My two wedgehead Siamese cats, Pierre and Jean Claude are very friendly to my executive coaching clients.  Sometimes when we are discussing stressful situations for them, having a cat relaxing on their lap can take the edge off.  .

You may be a dog, ferret, bird, or fish lover. It doesn't matter, because pets can add so to our lives--love, loyalty, and companionship.  Some companies are pet friendly and allow you to bring your pet.  You may want to check out sites devoted to listing companies that are dog friendly

A number of nursing homes and hospital are successfully using pets with patients and residents to add joy to their lives. One of my favorite  video is a poignant story of Christian the lion club who was purchased from Harrods Department Store by two British men who couldn't bear to see him in a cage. Their story is amazing and worth the 2.5 minutes to watch. Be sure to turn your sound on... the music creates a walloping emotional impact . I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
As we appreciate the role animals play in our lives, we should continue to promote ways to to treat them humanely. Here are some tips.

Speak out for Animals

Be aware of legislation concerning animal welfare at the federal and state levels to learn more.

1.  Report Animal Abuse

If you see anything that looks suspicious i.e. an underfed dog, or children physically mistreating an animal do not hesitate to call the local animal control department, police department or humane society.

2. Appreciate Wildlife

We all love our pets, but be kind to animals week encompasses other animals too, including wildlife. Animals that we may come across in our own backyards such as squirrel and raccoons may require us to learn to co-exist with them safely.

3. Adopt a Pet from a Shelter or Rescue

There is an inordinate amount of animals that are euthanized every year, you can give one of them a new lease on life by adopting. Contact your local shelter to find your new companion.

4. Take Care of Your Pet

Pet's need you to love and care for them for the duration of their lives. Make sure you provide them with all of their needs: nutrition, exercise, grooming, medical attention, and of course your love!

From Kent State University in Ohio to Macalester College in Minnesota, more and more pooches are around campus during exams to help students relax and maybe even crack a smile or two, according to The Minneapolis Star Tribune  Pups are in counseling centers for students to visit regularly or faculty and staff bring their pets to lift spirits.