- April 3, 2019
By Stuart Brown, customer experience specialist
In June 2018, this little cutie came into my life… aww! I’ve
always loved animals; but someone else’s. I never felt I had the time or the
bandwidth to accommodate a four-legged friend in my already frenetic lifestyle.
My girlfriend however, had other plans. And early last year,
she ‘embarked’ on a campaign of social media and texting – designed to
wear me down. Every bleep of my mobile was accompanied by an image of a
All comparisons with having another child, restricting our
social calendars, piddles and poo’s and lifetime responsibility fell on deaf
ears and once she found a local breeder with 9-week-old puppies, Harri was as
good as in residence.
Yes… ALL my predictions have come true. We’ve had sleepless
nights, chewed shoes and 9 months on we still find the odd ‘parcel’ under the
But what I could never have imagined, was the explosion in my
network. Being ‘uber-cute’ meant in the early days we were stopped every twenty
yards. But the obligatory requirement for regular exercise day in day out, week
in week out, means that I’ve encountered people who I’d once have driven past
and never given a second thought. What’s more not only have I met these great people,
but some have become friends and others have become business associates.
Ordinarily when we meet someone new, we’re forced to fish
around for a connection… something in common. Often, we have very little time and
establishing rapport and trust can be a challenge.
However, when accompanied by our pooch, the dynamics are
different. First of all, we’re not alone – they’re our ‘wingman’. So, there’s
none of the trepidation that comes with walking into a networking event by
yourself. In general, it’s difficult to be selfish and self-interested when you
‘re totally responsible for another creature.
And so, the natural tendency when we come into contact with
other dog owners is to instantly default to talking about the things we have in
common – our fury friends. We tend to connect on our mutual experiences rather
than let our egos take over.
It’s no wonder that in our technically connected world, where
many employees sit in isolation with headphones on all day, that the office
pooch is becoming more common place. Not only do our fury friends bring a sense
of calm into the work place, but they give us a reason to connect and
communicate, build relationships and add value to our lives and those around