How important are pets in the workplace? Some experts say there’s proven stress-busting benefits of having four-legged co-workers in the office. They say dogs in the workplace provide more social support for employees, they can help reduce stress levels and nurture productivity and it’s great for staff morale. In any case, you must agree — who could resist interacting with you when you’re accompanied by a furry friend?
“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” — Samuel Butler
MarkUpgrade is a virtual office, meaning that our entire team works remotely. Will it stop us from celebrating this fun day? Of course, it won't! Dogs have that contagious joy-joy attitude. They are with us every day. We share their pictures in our virtual conversations and they often want their opinion to be heard at conference meetings. And we don’t mind.
When we are sitting in front of our laptops far too long, our dogs will let us know. They’ll sit with us when we’re struggling to get that last piece of work finished, and they’ll enjoy our sense of freedom once we’ve completed a project (we are going for a walk now or what?). For all these reasons (and 10000000 others), we want you to meet our furry friends.
Meet Tuman. The proud owner of this artist dog is Tatiana Bonneau, MarkUpgrade’s founder and managing director. One of the things everyone loves most about Tuman is his goofy side. He can make you laugh, he knows how to perfectly pose for pictures and when it comes to Tatiana, his jealousy is hilarious. As you can see, Tuman has a thing with the curtain in Tatiana’s office. He loves to cuddle and there’s a special bond with kids. One day Tatiana plans to open a dog shelter. Tuman refused to comment on this news.
If he could talk, he would probably say:
“All that technology and stuff and nothing with the curtain? Well, your job must be boring as hell! When I grow up, I want to be an artist. Now pay attention, I have something special for you today!”
Meet Nea. My fluffy cloud, the barking machine full of joy. Don’t ask me about her fluffy white coat. You can knit a sweater out of that. Really, you can. Samoyeds (aka Sams or Sammy dogs) are exceptionally social, intelligent, loyal - and vocal (yup, Samoyed owners, I am talking about THAT high-pitched bark). Just like other Sams, Nea has the famous Samoyed smile, seen by the upward curling lips even with the mouth closed. Doesn’t matter if I’ve been gone for hours, days or thirty seconds because I forgot my cell phone on the kitchen counter, every time I walk back in the house I’m greeted with a wagging fluffy tail and her silly smile.
If she could talk, she would probably say:
“Let’s hang out like no one’s watching…and everyone is watching because I bark loudly. See what I did there? (smile №3)”
This is Lea! A few months ago, our colleague Dejan saw Lea’s photo on Facebook. She had been found on the street and the girl who found her was looking for the owners. After a few days, she decided to give Lea to someone who has a big yard. Dejan fell in love instantly and they became best friends in less than an hour. Today, her favorite game is to play fetch. She is intelligent, stable, sweet, self-confident and … she absolutely adores that big yard!
If she could talk, she would probably say:
“Walk, walk, walk. Let’s go for a walk! Oh, you’re eating something, what is it? Can I have your food, can I, can I, can I? Okay, give me your food and then let’s go for a walk.”
Within minutes of entering the breeder’s home, one puppy strutted over to Aleksandar and started chewing and tugging his shoelace. “That’s the one!” — he said.
So, hello, world! Meet Lav, American Stafford Terrier, who loves to cuddle — a lot! Okay, sometimes he is scared of rain and storms (and he hates water when it comes to taking a bath, but let's not embarrass him). In the meantime, he is one silly boy who prefers sitting there enjoying all the attention and wagging his tail and giving kisses to anyone that came to check on him.
If he could talk, she would probably say:
“Seriously? Again?! You guys are going to eat that in front of me?”
What could be better than a dog? Well, how about two dogs? Meet Freya and Lexie — two best friends and partners in crimes. Freya is the fat one, she likes to eat and lay in the shade (basically not much else). Every time she has a tasty meal, she knows how to show her appreciation by rolling around on her back. Lexie was found bitten by some other dogs and Tsani took her “for a few days” which has run into nearly a year now so we guess she’s going nowhere :)
Tsani enjoys capturing those special moments that her furry friends share together. If they could talk, they would probably say:
Freya: “ Are you leaving? Come on, I was just napping. You can’t just sneak off when I close my eyes!”
Lexie: “Let’s play, where is that rope toy?! Freya is sleeping again, I am bored… and you know that I will embarrass you if I stay bored for too long.”
We’ve all come across a stray dog and wondered what we should do. While Ahmed doesn't have one, every time he sees a stray dog, he will try to help, spend some time with them, cuddle a looooot and take a cute photo for the memory. This photo has a special place Ahmed’s heart so he wanted to share that moment with all of us.
You can’t save all the dogs. But if you own a dog, whether from a shelter or a breeder, give that dog a good life. If you see stray dogs, do something special for them. That’s all you have to do. Ahmed doesn't have a dog, he has loads of dogs. And every day he does something nice for each of them.
“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” — Roger A. Caras