I drove to work, thankful my car knows the way out of habit. I was really tired this morning. The neighbor’s cat likes to walk around in my backyard in the evenings. Our bedroom window was open. My Shepherd mix was at attention, barking his warning to get off his property. Great! I love being woken up more in one night than when I had a newborn.
We finally shut the window, threatened to crate the noise maker if he didn’t shut up and fell back to sleep at 3:00 a.m. By 4:00, it was potty time…NOOOOOOOOO! Stumbled to the door, let them out, fed them and fell back to sleep on the couch. I sleep wherever I can close my eyes these day.
I paint my face with a bit of foundation makeup, add a little bit of liner and mascara. Perfect! Now I don’t look like I’ve been binge drinking all night while I stumble into work.
I walk through the dispatch door. I’m two doors away from my office. Who is in the hallway looking directly at me? Jack! A six-month old yellow Labrador. He is waiting for me. I squeal, “JACK”! He takes off running toward me with all his puppy exuberance. I bend down, open my arms and the jumps into them, and begins giving his puppy kisses good morning.
We make it into my office. He receives another hug, a belly rub and we head to the kitchen for get some water. From there, he continued his rounds in welcoming the staff to the office.
Jack is a better-eye opener than coffee ever will be. It’s a great way to start the day at the office. I really enjoy working in a dog-friendly facility. Throughout the days, I get to play with a rottie, a lab and sometimes a golden retriever. Simple pleasures, I tell ya!