I think I mentioned in my “about the hounds” section of my blog that I currently have two jobs. I am the coordinator of the cat division at an animal rescue in Colorado, which is a volunteer position, and I also work at a doggie daycare/lodging facility. My full time job is at the daycare and it’s a pretty good gig. I do have to say, however, that the best part of my job is by far nap time. I don’t mean nap time for me, although that would be a pretty nice work perk! I’m talking about the nap time for the dogs! For two hours every day the dogs all get a chance to lay down and sleep so they can be refreshed and motivated to run and play the rest of the afternoon. For me this means eight to ten dogs sleeping in the front office with me. I get two hours of listening to dog snores and I get one or two lying under my feet or demanding to be pet so they can fall asleep. It’s my favorite time of day! The week that I started this job we came very close to losing a member of my family. We spent days at the hospital not knowing what the outcome would be. Thankfully she pulled through and is doing very very well! But at the time it was a very difficult and sad time for my family. As I said, it also happened to be the week I started this job. It wasn’t the best of timing but when is it ever good timing to deal with something like that? In the middle of that week I went in to work for a meeting and to tour the facility a bit more. I was certainly not myself and had a very hard time focusing on the job. I made it through the first five hours and was ready to burst into tears at any minute. Then I was asked to stay through nap time to get to know some of the software during a quieter part of the day. I agreed reluctantly, just wanting to leave and be with my family. But as I sat in the office and watched one of the employees bring dog bed after dog bed into the main office room I started to get a little excited about this whole naptime concept! Then the main door opened and ten dogs ran into the office wagging their tales and knocking over tables, all thrilled to see me and be pet by someone new! As many of the dogs settled down, two in particular decided to stay close to my side and they spent the whole time sitting next to me. I literally sat for a full two hours and pet these dogs, I didn’t even realize I was doing it but I left for the hospital after nap time feeling the most at ease I had felt the whole week. It’s exactly what I needed to get a little more encouragement to get through. And now every time I get the chance to sit with the dogs at naptime and pet them until they fall asleep I always think about how much those two dogs gave me that day! And when those two dogs are in the office during nap time I make sure they get a few extra treats under the table! I’m so thankful for dogs, I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to them. They always seem to pull me out of whatever situation I am in. And they never fail at it. How lucky are we that dogs take such good care of us?!