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National Mutt Day



I just learned that yesterday, December 2, was National Mutt Day.  I am very sorry for overlooking this important day for my mixed breed colleagues.  Please see the National Mutt Day website to learn more about the contribution that a “hybrid” can make to your team.

I would like to pay special tribute to my predecessor and role model, Rocky.  He was also rescued by the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society.  He was a highly valued member of my humans’ organization for twelve years.  Although he was of mixed heritage, all who knew him say he was 100% pure of canine heart and a gentleman of dog.  I am honored to follow in his paw steps.

Your Best Friend,


A Dog for All Seasons

Rocky: A Dog for All Seasons

Are You in the Autumn of Your Career?

Autumn LeavesI love autumn!  The cooler temperatures give me more energy and a hearty appetite.  The brightly colored leaves on the ground bring interesting new scents from afar.  They make a curious crunching sound when I walk through them.  The spring and summer vegetation is fading yet I see other plants thriving this time of year.

Human pups tumble playfully in the piles of leaves.  It looks like such fun!  I am amused by watching the squirrels frantically scurrying about gathering and hiding provisions for the cold months to come.  I am thankful[1] that my human team provides for all of my needs, yet I know that not all of my canine colleagues are so fortunate.[2]

I have observed that humans love autumn too.  Many say it is their favorite time of year.  I sense for many it is a nostalgic time for reflection and a season with many traditions.  My humans spend more time indoors, and the pace of daily life is just a bit more relaxed.  We enjoy a bit more quality time together watching men throw and kick balls on the electronic device with moving images.  The house is often full of tantalizing warm foods and spicy aromas.

I have heard the term “the autumn of your life.”  I think this can be both a positive or negative term.[3] Are you in the autumn of your career?  Perhaps you are contemplating a major change to your position, or you are taking on a senior role at your job.  Whatever the circumstances, make autumn the best season of your work life!

This may be a time when you can take on new challenges and risks.  The pace of your career may not burn as hotly as it once did, but you can still make an impact.  You can be like the foliage that is most brilliant in the cooler weather.  Bring boldly colored ideas to the table.  Add spice to the discussion.  Have fun!  While others are scurrying around like busy squirrels, your maturity and experience can bring perspective on the big picture and on what is really important.  This is a time for a new kind of boldness – the boldness to be yourself!

How you spend the autumn of your career is up to you.  You can sit like a dried leaf, waiting to be raked up and composted.  Or you can take flight on the swirling wind and soar into a bold and colorful adventure!

Your best friend,


[1] More about thankfulness in November!

[2] Please support causes that give help find good homes for needy animals.  My pet charity is the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society.

[3] I am nine human-years-old, which is 63 in dog years.  I guess I am also in the autumn of my life.  Does this make me a canine baby boomer?

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/

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,