When I first set up a consulting office in my home running a company remotely was a relatively challenging concept. Things certainly have improved as local and international business is now successfully carried on from coffee shops, dining room tables and during walking meetings.
One of the great perks is being a stay-at-home parent to various pets. The dogs in particular bear witness to the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. They share in our whoops of joy over successes and bear non-judgmental witness to those moments of anger, sadness, or frustration during the difficult periods. We find comfort in the shared company as we tole away. Grumble gently about their doggy chaos in our workspace. When we go “time for a break” they are ready to enjoy our company. It is truly a 24/7 companionship.
We usually have 2 dogs and 2 cats who are very familiar with the entrepreneurial lifestyle. Sadly our three-legged dog left us recently and in the last few months, we have been discussing taking in another rescue. Experience has taught us it is a multi-layered decision when you adopt. The household shifts with the new addition. Unlike a puppy who you gradually introduce to the routine, socialize and guide; a rescue comes with challenges sometimes emotional sometimes physical and often both. The process of gaining their trust and getting to know them requires time and patience.
In her 11 years, Mia the Australian Shepherd has helped us with two rescues; her love, patience, and ‘doggy’ life skills have made a big difference in their lives. She has put up with their moods, issues and the fact they often required more of our attention.
We certainly have the love, room and resources for another rescue. However, after some lengthy chats with Mia, all indications are she is now ready to be our singular spoiled dog, content with her 2 cat brothers & we are going to respect that.
As I type this Mia happily lies under my desk, surrounded by her selected toys for the day. When I need a break to clear my head she alone will be my walking companion. I am enjoying my time with her and in some ways getting to know her differently.
A rescue means adjustments and usually a different routine and for older dogs and cats this can be stressful. Taking the time to consider their needs is important. As pet owners we make multiple decisions for them during their lifetime; often just based on instinct and love but the reward of making the right decision is priceless.
.Enjoy your retirement Mia. You’ve earnt it!
Jill Crossland is a business and marketing consultant who can take your business and social media to the next level.