My big brother, Max, taught me a lot about life: how to enjoy the little things like finding the perfect spot for a nap, how to surf the counter for treats and how good it feels to always greet people with keen interest. It was all part of his philosophy of living Life to the MAX and now I’m passing on the skill at work.
Every day, my mom takes my sister, Krissy and me with her to NICE Creative. There are feather beds in my mom’s office and treats in the kitchen, but it’s not all about lounging and eating all day. Krissy and I have very important jobs.
Krissy is Head of Security and she is often seen lying by the door with her head propped on the window ledge. Should any stranger approach the door, she barks out a sharp warning. She’s just a runt, but she has all the bravado of a Rottweiler. Still to tell the truth, she’s all bark and no bite.
As the Chief Wiggler, I head up agency greetings. Whether you’re a CEO or the UPS guy, I’ll give you the same enthusiastic attention. I’m happy to see you no matter who you are!
Krissy and I have other important responsibilities as well. We provide the staff with opportunities to exercise (we’re always up for a walk especially with Danessy because she actually runs with us, as opposed to our dad, who thinks he’s running, but we’re just walking fast!).
We also provide a fair amount of comic relief-sometimes it’s because we get into a little mischief and sometimes, it’s because we just like to play. (Krissy, I found a paper clip. Let’s flip it around, but don’t let mom see!)
Moreover, we bestow no small amount of calm when things get crazy. Anybody who feels stressed can pop into our mom’s office and pat our tummies while we sleep on backs with our legs up in the air. AAAAAAHHHH-MMMMMM. Just like Max. You can’t stay tense after that!
I know I have some big paws to fill, but I really think we can learn a little something from Max like just slowing down and enjoying some of the simple things. So the next time, someone tells you you’re dogging it at work, just tell them, “No, I’m just living Life to the MAX!”