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Hello Hillsboro: Its dog days at the office
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I just discovered that my youngest daughter, Amy, has started a new job in Minneapolis that would be perfect for me, other than the fact that it’s in a large city.

She now works in the marketing department of a pet company that actually does more than talk about the importance of pets...especially dogs.

All employees are not only allowed to bring their pets to work, but are actually ordered to do so on a daily basis.

So, “Zelda” is treated like a queen every work day as she drives with Amy to work and keeps her company all day. My first thought was possibly mass hysteria as a whole herd of pets wanders around the room looking for a place behind a desk or waste basket to do their business, and not the kind of business that customers might be thinking about.

However, each employee with a work “partner” has an office that includes a convenient gate across the doorway!

I don’t know how many places she interviewed at, but I’m sure this job decision was a no brainer. Amy has cared about animals, especially dogs, as long as I can remember. I wouldn’t be surprised if she was born with a dog collar in her hand, looking for a convenient neck to be slipped around.

Hate to admit it, but I think I may have to lay claim to that particular gene!

To make this entire situation even sillier, she also has a little pal at home named Winston, who apparently is still waiting for his day under the desk.

I suppose there are office bones available for the special guests during coffee breaks, and perhaps a few of those giant potted palms for those other breaks.

Amy has reported that, surprisingly, there are very few problems with the arrangement. Although, it’s likely to cause trouble when it comes to employees doing a bit of growling on a tough business day.


Another salute to senior citizens. I can get away with doing this because I’m one of them.

• The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight. because by then your body and your “excess” have gotten to be really good friends.

• One of the many things that nobody tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

• Eventually, you will reach a point when you will stop lying about your age, and start bragging about it.


Have you local football fans discovered that it’s not quite so hard to accept a Packer loss after the Tigers have won a spot in the playoffs on the same weekend?