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Celebrate National Dog Day

It’s National Dog Day, so this blog is pure dog!  National Dog Day acknowledges the valuable contribution that dogs make to human society every day and recognizes the number of dogs that need to be rescued every year (including formerly yours truly).  Please see the National Dog Day[1] website for more information about this organization.  Suggestions for how humans can honor the day are at the end of this blog.

You may wonder how I am going to spend this special day.  Like most working dogs, I do not plan to take today off from my daily duties of patrolling the neighborhood and securing the premises.  And obviously, I have not put aside my computer!  But I do hope there will perhaps be a few special hugs, an extra long walk and a surprise treat waiting for me.

You see, for the dog lucky enough to be part of a caring and supportive human team, every day is Dog Day!

I asked my canine readers how they plan to spend the day and I want to share their responses and photos of this distinguished pack.




This is a special day for Chato[2].  He is celebrating his one year anniversary of being tumor-free, having had a large tumor and his spleen removed last August.  After a lovely midday meal of chicken and brown rice, he will take a walk along Lake Michigan in Chicago and go to an ice cream shop that has dog-friendly cupcakes.  You lucky dog!




Ash and Rocko

Ash and Rocko

Ash and Rocko

Ash and Rocko will be spending some quality time at a Chicago area dog park or beach so they can run free with their canine buddies.  Rocko is also celebrating the one year anniversary of his adoption, so he is keeping his paws crossed for a few special treats.




Tiki BoN BoN

Tiki on the Job

Tiki on the Job

You may remember Tiki from an earlier blog.[3]  Tiki, also a rescue dog, is now a superstar in the canine fashion world, having launched her own Pup Couture[4] line earlier this year.   Being the full time dog at Beach Candy[5], she will be helping clients try on bikinis, watching the door and providing emotional support to the staff.  Hopefully she will have time to enjoy a little kibble and a nap.





Dr. Nova

Dr. Nova

Nova, an Alaskan Malamute, is hoping to enjoy an air conditioned day with his 11-month-old human protégé, who may be dropping a few extra treats from her high chair.  By the way, Nova aspires to one day be a therapy dog. He is a credit to our species!





Belle getting hosed

Belle getting hosed

Belle Chaise

Belle Chaise

Belle was rescued from Hurricane Katrina, which was very stressful, so she cherishes the opportunity to relax on National Dog Day.  She hasn’t finalized her plans, but she might run through a water sprinkler to cool off (weather permitting), help solve a Ken-Ken puzzle, play with some adoring human pups, or just take a nap in the sun.





Each one of these stories is a tribute to the wonderful relationship between dog and humans:  rescue dogs and an aspiring therapy dog who are now giving back to their humans in so many ways.  How lucky our two species are to enjoy this special bond!

Harley’s Suggestions for Humans on National Dog Day.

Adopt:   Please consider adoption when you are ready to open your home to a new dog.  Even if you have your heart set on a particular breed (such as yours truly), there are many rescue organizations for specific breeds that can help you find that special dog.  I promise we will not let your down!

Donate:  If you are not in a position to add a dog to your team, if you are able, please support organizations that help dogs find the right home.  My favorite is the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society[6], which gave me my second chance.

Spay and Neuter:  It may seem strange for a dog to advocate for these medical procedures.  They are necessary, however, until there are enough good homes for every pup that is born.   All About Animals Rescue[7] is an excellent organization that provides these services at low cost.

Protect:  Keep your dog healthy with regular visits to a veterinarian for preventative vaccines and testing.   Many clinics offer low cost treatment.   Also, a microchip can reunite you with your canine companion if you are separated.

Restrain:  Please restrain your pet while travelling in a motor vehicle.  The laws of physics apply to us too!  Here is a link to Harley’s Safe Riding Tips for Dogs[8].

And last, but not least, love, play, exercise and slip that special pooch a healthy treat or two!

Your best friend,


[1] http://www.nationaldogday.com/

[2] I can tell just by looking at him that Chato is always trying to think out of the box.

[3] http://harleysboxerbriefings.com/2015/04/spring-is-a-time-for-new-life-and-second-chances/

[4] http://beachcandyswimwear.com/product-category/accessories-jewelry/tiki-bon-bon-pup-couture/

[5] http://beachcandyswimwear.com/

[6] http://www.gpaas.org/

[7] http://www.allaboutanimalsrescue.org/

[8] http://harleysboxerbriefings.com/2015/03/are-you-riding-with-your-head-out-the-window/

The Dog Days of Summer are Here


My floppy ears perked up the first time I heard the expression “The Dog Days of Summer.”  I wondered if this was a time when we dogs were to enjoy special treatment, perhaps a discount at a local pet shop?  A little digging, however, revealed that this was not the case.[1]  The term refers to a period of time from July to August when Sirius, the Dog Star[2] and the brightest star in the constellation Canus Major (Large Dog), rises with the sun.  These are considered the hottest days of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.  The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the dog days brought many evils:   catastrophe, war, plague, disease, lethargy and stagnation.  The seas would boil and dogs would go mad.  Good grief!   Can someone please turn an air conditioner on!

Frankly, there are times when it is difficult for me to take humans seriously!  (Or should I say “Siriusly”?)  This type of propaganda makes this dog go a little mad.  I urge you to disregard the ancient Greeks and Romans on this matter, and follow the advice of a modern working dog.

Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer!  It is true that the intense heat can adversely affect all of us and it is important to protect your pets and all living creatures from the dangers of overheating.  (See Harley’s Summer Safety Tips for Pets, below.)  Yet this can also be the season to rest and refresh. Many humans take time away from the workplace for a vacation.  I strongly recommend you find a shady spot with a cool breeze to take a little nap, sip a refreshing liquid, and spend some quality time with your family, friends and a trusty canine companion.

If you are a leader, let your team enjoy their much needed rest.  Do not plague them with calls and emails for matters that can wait until their return to work.  Whichever way you go on this, you will send a powerful message regarding your respect for their quality of life.

Coincidentally this is the middle of the calendar year.   It is a good time to reflect on how you are doing with the personal and professional goals that you set for yourself at the beginning of the year.   A mid-year assessment is a positive way to measure your progress and consider whether adjustments and new goals are needed.  When you return from your vacation, have this discussion with your team so you can focus on the successful completion of your goals in the remaining months of the year.

There may be catastrophes and boiling seas waiting for you when you return to the workplace.    With a little rest, however, you will be recharged and ready for these challenges.

Your Best Friend,


Harley’s Summer Safety Tips for Pets

There are many hazards for pets during the hot summer months.  Here are a few important safety tips.  Check out the ASPCA for more information on how to protect your pet.

  1. Never leave a child, a disabled adult or a pet in a parked vehicle.  Never!  This can be fatal, even in moderate temperatures.   The interior temperature of a vehicle can rise to unsafe levels in a few minutes.   Is your little errand really worth the risk?  For more information on this serious subject check out The National Weather Service Heat Safety site.
  1. Give your pooch plenty of fresh water in hot weather.  A healthy dog needs about one ounce of water daily for each pound of body weight.
  1. Stay off the asphalt.  On an 87 degree day, asphalt can reach 143 degrees, enough to cause a serious burn.
  1. Watch your pet for signs of distress, such as excessive panting, lethargy and disoriented behavior.  Move him to a cool and well-ventilated area as soon as possible.


[1]Don’t forget that National Dog Day is August 26.  I will remind you!

[2] Sirius is a star in the sky, not one of the more common dog stars like Lassie, Marmaduke and Yours Truly.

In Honor of St. Patrick, Celebrate!

Wearing the Green

Wearing the Green

There have been many great Irish boxers in history but they have all been of the human variety.  We Boxer dogs trace our ancestry to a different part of the world but we gladly join in the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with our Irish colleagues.  There are Irish Setters,  Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Terriers and Irish Water Spaniels to name a few.[1]  My human team also honors the great St. Patrick[2], and I may be lucky enough to share in a wee bit of corned beef!

A celebration is a great way to bring your workplace team together.  It can be a day-long event or a 15-minute break during a busy day.  There are many reasons to celebrate:  a major company success, a professional or personal milestone of a team member, to welcome a new member to the group, a holiday or a day in honor of a great civic leader.    Such a gathering fosters face-to-face communication in an informal setting and gives people a time to share a story or a laugh and get recharged.  It also lets the team members know that you notice and care about what they are doing or what they have accomplished.  It’s really quite simple when you think about it, isn’t it?

It’s easy to get weighed down by the press of a heavy workload and a demanding schedule but with a little planning, you can schedule celebrations that will increase morale and productivity.

Thank you, St. Patrick for bringing together people of all backgrounds and dogs of all breeds to share the luck of the Irish with friends and family.

Erin go Bark!

Your best friend,


[1]  The  American Kennel Club is also recognizing Irish dog breeds in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

[2]  St. Roch is the patron saint of dogs although my favorite saint is St. Francis of Assisi, who is the patron of all creatures large and small.

A few words of Introduction

My name is Harley and I am a Boxer.  With a little help from my human partner, I am writing this blog to share my innate canine wisdom with the business world and to provide candid insights on the human workplace from a dog’s point of view.

You may wonder about my qualifications to write such a blog.

First, the Boxer is universally recognized as a working breed of dog.  You can say work is in my DNA.  Additionally, I have a Level One Certificate in Obedience from Camp Bow Wow.  I am licensed by the City of Grosse Pointe Park and I am a dog in good standing.  Lastly, I am up-to-date on all of my shots.

Keep in mind that we Boxers were bred to be watch dogs.  We can sense things that you humans may miss.  I want to share my keen observations about human behavior in this blog.

I have accumulated considerable experience in different positions in my eight years (human calendar years – you can do the math for dog years).   I was dismissed after six years in my first assignment (more about that in a later blog) and found my current position where I am a highly valued member of the team.   I consider myself a very successful lateral transfer.

In the interest of full transparency and to head off any scandal, I want to be make some candid disclosures about myself:  I am not a perfect dog.  In moments of profound personal weakness and temptation, I have eaten food on the kitchen counter and I have been caught napping on  human beds and sofas, contrary to current house rules. I am a repeat offender.   Perhaps my most embarrassing shortcoming is that I am leash aggressive and cannot be near other dogs. No way.  No how.  Never.

But I love humans and I want to be near you all the time.  My genuine love of humans inspires me to write this blog and help each of you to be the best human you can be.

I must warn all dog lovers:  This is not a cute dog blog full of “pawsitively” adorable puns and expressions with doggie double entendre.  If you are looking for a smoochie poochie dog blog, you will be disappointed.  But if you are open to thinking about relationships in the workplace from a different  point of view, come back next Monday for my first Boxer Briefing.

Your best friend,