June 22 is “Take Your Dog To Work Day” and thousands of pet owners are celebrating the day by bringing their pups to the workplace. Created in 1999 by Pet Sitters International, the annual event honors the loyalty of dogs and encourages their adoption from animal shelters and rescue groups.
Holly joined the ranks of working dogs after her adoption by Amber and Allan Mahrou. Holly and her brother were rescued by Heaven Can Wait Animal Society and were rehabilitated through their Pups On Parole program where dogs live with woman inmates. Each year the inmates help hundreds of neglected and abused dogs learn to trust humans again and prepare them for adoption with a new family.
Written by Amber Mahrou (as told to her by Holly)
Hello, my name is Holly! You can tell by my picture that I am a bona fide professional! I take my owner Amber to work and keep her and the other employees on task. Yes, I am without a doubt the supervisor-type, always checking up on everyone to make sure they are working hard and occasionally breaking up the tedium with a quick game of fetch with my favorite office squeaky toy. Iím not usually one to brag, but I am probably the best manager they have ever had!
I may be a professional now, but I admit, I used to be a little rough around the edges, stealing food off of counters with my brother Buddy and tearing up innocent little stuffed animals for fun. But those days are behind me now; I served hard time in the Pups on Parole program, where I was given another chance with a new family. It was at my first adoption event that I met Allan and Amber. They gave me a belly rub even after one of the volunteers read them my ďrap sheetĒ so they were pretty OK in my book.
Once I got used to the rules in my new home, I made it clear to my new family that I was much smarter than your average pup. Some of my demonstrations were received less enthusiastically than others. For example, they didn’t appreciate me learning how to open doors, because not long after that I started finding every door locked. They did seem to appreciate how quickly I learned all of the new words and commands they taught me. They were so impressed they enrolled me in a Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) class, which I passed with flying colors!
Not long after I received my shiny new certificate a position for a dog opened up at Amberís workplace. She works at an energy efficiency consulting company. I could hardly believe my luck when they called me in for an interview and hired me on the spot!
Now I am a regular installment here at the office and I donít just make the place look good. In addition to keeping all of the employees in check; I also welcome everyone who comes through the door. Strangers are usually pretty surprised to see me walking up to the door, because I am so quiet and have impeccable manners.
The only time I need to make a little noise is when one of the employees doesnít understand what I am trying to tell them. When this happens, I just approach Amber, who doubles as my personal translator, and squeak my squeaky toy until she pays attention. It may take a try or two, but Amber always understands what Iím trying to tell someone, and gets the message across for me. For example, when I put my paw in my water bowl it means, ďHolly wants you to get her some water.Ē Iím surprised more people donít speak my language, honestly!
So thatís the story of how a fluffy, lovable ex-con got a job at an energy efficiency consulting company. Sure, the days are a little long, but at the end of a long shift I am still happy to go home, kick up my paws, and conserve a little more energy. Itís a tough job, but what can I say, Iím a professional.
Photo Credit: ambermahrou