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Coffee Break: Does Your Job Follow You Everywhere?

Does your job follow you everywhere— even when you’re on vacation or taking the day off? That was the question we asked you for this issue’s Coffee Break. Many of your answers included the words “vacation” or “day off” only in the context of not taking them! You told us about never missing a chance to educate, having a reputation as the local “pet expert,” and being on call 24-7.

Does your job follow you everywhere— even when you’re on vacation or taking the day off? That was the question we asked you for this issue’s Coffee Break. Many of your answers included the words “vacation” or “day off” only in the context of not taking them! You told us about never missing a chance to educate, having a reputation as the local “pet expert,” and being on call 24-7.

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It is not so much that my job follows me, but more that I am my job—and wherever I go, there I am! When I was in Cabo San Lucas on vacation, I found a dog who had run into a local shop. The shop owners were trying to chase him out with a broom, and the dog was terrified. I picked him up, walked up and down the streets, and found somebody who knew who the dog belonged to. Ultimately, the dog was reunited with a very happy owner. This was all without being able to speak the language. I barely made it back to my cruise ship in time—but by golly, the dog was back home!
Julie Green, Director, GRRR Village Canine Rescue, Weatherford, Texas

I find myself giving advice on spaying and neutering cats and dogs wherever I go, especially on my days off. I always look at friends’ cats and kittens to see if they are male or female and look at their teeth until someone asks, “What are you doing?” I guess it is a habit of mine due to my career.
Crystal Watkins-Knowles, Animal Health and Surgery Supervisor, Woods Humane Society, San Luis Obispo, California

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To see and respond to the latest Coffee Break question, check out www.animalsheltering.org/coffeebreak.

 

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