My dog is making me more productive
About a month ago, we began fostering a one year old, golden retriever / lab mix named Penni. Picked up off the streets (thug life), scheduled to be put down by the pound and then rescued by Red Collar Rescue, we quickly fell in love with her mystery and her personality. A few weeks ago, we officially adopted her.
Since then…our schedules have been different and a little hectic in the transitioning period. Walks in the morning, walks at lunch, runs in the afternoons, taking shoes away from her so she doesn’t chew when she’s bored. She requires a lot of attention but naturally like Wade Foster mentioned in his article, she enforces a schedule, forces breaks and so much more.
I wake up earlier. This was a new year’s resolution that I was failing at before Penni. The transition has been a little rough, but the benefits have been great.
I walk / run around more. Obviously, important to health. I even take long walks most days at lunch with her now, which is great for a change of scenery from my cube and the computer I sit at most of the day.
I leave work on time. I’m out around 5:30 every day now. I’m forced to get things done more efficiently and also leave work…at work.
I play. I’ll quote Foster here,
“For [her], every day is awesome and [she’s] just excited to be around you.”
Penni’s (and most dog’s) personality and attitude are contagious. When we’re with her, we play, we chase, we jump.
More of all of this, less of everything else, please.