Meet Toby. He’s roughly 18 months old and at 20 pounds, he’s small for a beagle. My wife and I saw him at the Kent shelter in Calverton, N.Y. and it was love at first sight. After a missed opportunity and a failed adoption, we finally took him home this week. Can you blame us? Just look at that punim!
We had been searching for our “forever” dog for weeks, scouring hundreds of online photos and visiting several shelters. There were disappointments and second guessing as we tried to make the right decision. But during the process, I found that all of these shelters had something common: the people who work there LOVE what they are doing.
Mostly volunteers, they spend their spare time cleaning up messes, caring for special needs animals, and dealing with the occasional scratch or bite. They name every dog and cat and get to know each one of them. In our case, they spent as much time as we needed with us and the dogs we were considering, helping us make a decision with no pressure applied. They followed up with phone calls and emails when new dogs were available, and learned our own needs so we’d find the right pet.
And they love these animals. You can see it in their eyes and hear it in their voices. I got to thinking: when we’re at work we sometimes deal with unpleasant people and mundane tasks, so how wonderful is it when we truly love our jobs? I’ve been so fortunate in my work and have looked forward to going to work every day. Maybe it’s the PR profession and its tendency to never be boring. Maybe it’s the camaraderie of my colleagues who “get it,” and are so willing to be there when I needed advice. My job today is the best I’ve had; I can’t wait to be with my students, or work alongside smart and (mostly) pleasant people, or find ways to improve our program and our profession each and every day.
“Find what you love to do and the money will come,” goes the saying. But you may not always get rich–and it really doesn’t matter. Because when you love your work, there’s nothing better. Except a warm, sweet beagle. Your thoughts?