I remember when I first set up a consulting office in my home running a company remotely was a relatively unique concept. Things certainly have changed as local and international business is now successfully carried on from coffee shops, dining room tables and during walking meetings.
While working from home still has its challenges one of the perks is being a stay-at-home parent to the furry children. We usually have 2 dogs and 2 cats who allow us to live with them.
Sadly our three-legged dog left us in March 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 and 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 is 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.
Jill Crossland is a business and marketing consultant who can take your business and social media to the next level.