Smile from a dog

As I sat at my desk this morning, this is what I saw next to me:

Those are unmistakeably the legs of my dog, Lance. 🙂

For two days each year, the kids in the Animal Care class in the high school that I teach at invite the teachers to bring their dogs to school to be groomed. I jump the opportunity- not only to get free grooming for my pups, but also to be able to bring them to school with me!

Jackson came to work with me yesterday. He was in my classroom for most of the day, except for when he went to be groomed. The kids LOVED HIM. And he loved them too!

They all took turns playing with him during class, and he took a few breaks to relax.

That face kills me!

Lance is here with me today

I had to coordinate with Greg to meet me in the gym parking lot with Lance after I taught Spin class, so that I could make it to work on time (there’s not enough time for me to go back home). Luckily, it all worked out and I have my other buddy to keep us all entertained today.

It’s amazing how a dog can make everyone so happy- and it’s so fun for me to watch the kids interact with them. Ahh, the little things…


On another note, I have seen a bazillion blog posts about tips for staying healthy through the holidays. Of course, these are all great, but the list that I’m posting below is even better (it’s from an email that a co-worker sent me). It made me laugh (especially #7):

Eating tips for the Holidays
1. Avoid celery sticks. Anyone who puts celery on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see celery, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can and quickly. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an “eggnog-alcoholic” or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas.

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand-alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes.  Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano.  Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an
automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello???

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, pumpkin and mincemeat — have a slice of each. Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three.  When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all costs. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention.  Reread tips. Start over,
but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Remember this motto to live by:

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body. But rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO what a ride!”



Are you a dog person? (or a cat person)? Have you ever brought your pet to work?


11 Comments on “Smile from a dog”

  1. I loved your tips. I was laughing out loud. Especially the egg nogaholic comment.

  2. Liz says:

    I always dream of working at a place that is dog friendly! Your pups are too cute for words.

  3. StoriesAndSweetPotatoes says:

    Loving these tips 🙂 I’ll get right on it!
    Your dog is so precious. I haven’t had any pets since childhood. I miss having that bond. I’m probably more of a dog person than cat though.

  4. Hahaha! Now that’s my kind of list!!! I love it!

  5. Lee says:

    Your dogs are so gorgeous. I’ve never brought mine to work. He’s sort of hyper when he first meets people (and by hyper, I mean he jumps on them) so I don’t know how that would work. He settles down after a minute and is lazy, but it’s the first meeting part that I worry about.

  6. Body Polish says:

    Your dog is adorable…but I’m a cat person. I actually declined to move forward with Purina because everyone brings their dogs to work. I’m just not that comfortable around bigger dogs and plus I’d find it very distracting. Once in awhile is good though!

  7. Your dog is beautiful! Is he just a golden? He almost looks red.. gorgeous 🙂 I’m a huge animal lover so I could never pick between the two!

  8. simplyshaka says:

    Ok, I love your holiday eating tips b/c I cannot agree more! I’m sorry but I dont eat healthy during the holidays (typing this as an IHOP holiday hot cakes commercial is on) if I’m going to a party, I want there to be dips, holiday cookies and other delicious seasonal goodies. I dont want veggies, give me fat, mmm k? Thanks!

    And you dont know how envious I am that you can bring your dogs to work! That is so awesome that they let you do that and give him a free grooming! I wouldnt be able to concentrate though b/c I would want to sit there and play with him 😉

    • Lauren says:

      Tiffany, is that you? What is this old blog name?
      Having the dogs at work actually made my students better-behaved! They were sad when they arrived yesterday and there weren’t any dogs to play with. I definitely didn’t get as much work done with them here, but who cares! It was worth it. 🙂

  9. I love this! I wish I could bring my pups to work with me… I think I could almost bear the idea of working in an office if I could have Daxter in my lap, haha…. although Harry’s really the better-behaved one. Ahh, a girl can dream.

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