Category Archives: Pets

The Day Ukee Became a Movie Star

In my day job I work behind-the-scenes at YMC, a digital parenting magazine, and besides also writing there, I get opportunities to do some really fun things. A few weeks ago Ukee, our adopted rescue pup (thanks A.R.F. Ontario, we love him!) and I took part in a video for a Purina campaign.

He was a natural, and by natural I mean he was all over the place, licking everything, and curious about the lights and people and WOAH…did you see that ball? Ukee and I had a blast!

Anyway, the video is live so check it out. Each dog and owner combo was on set for 45 minutes, so keep in mind that approximately 44 1/2 minutes of me saying, “Ukee, get back here,” were cut to make room for the video message.

P.S. He’s the cute, 100% purebred, Canadian black mutt.

 

Working from Home When You Have Pets

You bite the bullet and decide working from home is the next step in your career. Maybe your company’s head office is remote, or you’re working on the next great Canadian novel, or you’ve launched your own company making dongles for doohickeys. Whatever the circumstances, you are happy to announce, “I commute downstairs wearing yoga pants,” or the even more obnoxious, “My barista is da bomb.”

Anyway…

The great part is now your fur babies won’t be abandoned eight to ten hours every day.

You’ll play at lunch…

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And cuddle in the afternoons…

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And in between, there will be hours and hours of productivity while Jake the dog and Boots the cat look on adoringly…

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IT. WILL. BE. PERFECT.

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But first the cat needs to go out…

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And come right back in…

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And the dog found a new toy…

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So you send him out to chase squirrels…

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While you pound out a few minutes of work…

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Or not, because now the cat’s being an asshole…

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And the dog is flapping his gums…

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Meanwhile, war is brewing…

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And you try pleading for peace…

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But cats have their own agenda…

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And dogs are too busy doing dog things…

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And you want to smash all the things because you only managed 58 new words…

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Until this happens…

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So you call it a day because you have your priorities straight…

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After all, tomorrow is another day…

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