‘Paws’ for thought: The valuable lessons I’m learning from my puppy

Posted on: July 6th, 2017 by Jennifer Brown

After years of listening to our children beg for a dog, we decided it was time to open our hearts and our home to a puppy.  We brought Roxy, a beautiful Golden Doodle, home in April, and our lives were forever changed.  

Over the years, there have been many studies that show that pet owners, and especially dog owners, reap numerous benefits from their pet including increased happiness, health and even self-esteem.  Studies also show that there is a steady growth in the number of pet-friendly workplaces as companies adapt to attract and retain millennials, who are surpassing baby boomers as the largest pet-owning population.   And, the reports from these organizations are really positive with paw perks driving employee productivity, culture and happiness.  

As a work-at-home mom, Roxy accompanies me in my ‘office’ every day and I get it.  Although it’s only been a few months, Roxy has reminded me of life’s simple lessons and the positive impact of applying them to my work life.  After 3 months as a dog owner, here are the top 3 lessons I have learned from my pup:

1. Opportunity starts with a simple ‘Hello’

Roxy is a social animal and loves saying hello to both dogs and people.  Because of this, I’ve met the whole neighbourhood! I’ve heard interesting stories, gained valuable insights and even had coffee dates to talk about potential projects.   Roxy has reminded me that our ability to grow our networks, connect with others and seek out new opportunities is always there – we just have to have the courage to make the first move and say hello.

2. Break it up!

When I’m busy working, hours can go by without lifting my head from my screen.  When Roxy came along, all of that changed.  Frequent trips outside and strolls around the block break up my day, but give me valuable time to reflect on my work away from my screen, think through problems and weigh potential solutions.  When I get back to my desk I’m refreshed and ready to tackle my work.  

3. Remember your first time

Every time we leave the house for a walk, Roxy is eyes-wide-open, ready to take on and explore the world.  We could take the same walking route every day, but every time is like the first time with new smells and treasures to be found along the way.  Roxy has reminded me just how exciting my work is, and despite the common need among many clients to get from point A to point B in terms of their brand and business goals, there are endless creative approaches to get there.   

I’m excited to continue to grow with Roxy and look forward to seeing what other tricks she can teach this seasoned PR dog.  What’s the most important lesson your pet has taught you?  Share in the comments below.