A wonderful perk of Xojo’s virtual office is getting to spend the day with our favorite people, and by people I mean pets.
Having a pet in your office provides a friendly, positive diversion, which is excellent for employee morale, pets can also increase productivity and their presence in the workplace has been proven to reduce stress. Pets help us working-from-home workaholics step away and take a sanity break. So take a minute and have some eyebleach on us. Meet the Xojo office pets!
These Xojo Office Assistant positions are filled:
Geoff Perlman: This is Trixie. She’s a 7 year old English Golden Retriever. She’s with me in my home office (on this very comfy bed) nearly every hour that I’m working. Whenever there someone walking by outside, she makes sure I know it. When I stand up at my desk, she looks to see if I’m changing my glasses (from my computer glasses to my distance glasses). That tells her I’m not just stretching so she will get up as well and follow me with the hopes that I’m headed to the kitchen for lunch.
If I’m putting on my shoes in the morning, she knows we are going for a walk. If it’s mid-day, she knows I’m going out so she will go to her crate (she’s crate trained). If I come out of the bedroom in my swim trunks, she knows we are going up the street to a neighbor’s house who also has a golden retriever and a swimming pool. Trixie’s energy level goes up 10X and she will practically drag me all the way up the street. And of course if SHE needs to go out, she sits at the backdoor and barks. If I don’t respond, she will eventually come to my office, stare at my and bark again as if to say, “What the heck?
Robin Lauryssen-Mitchell: Curry, my rabbit. Actually he’s supposed to be my kid’s, but, well you know how that works! 🙂 No matter how stupid whatever it is I’ve just done, there is always my buddy who won’t criticise 😀 And he has one more brain cells than me!
Norman Palardy: Bud (the black one) is now 10 and Rommel (the fur ball) is 8. They make me get out and go walk to get our mail every day – rain shine snow. And of course they need to go out for a run every time they spot a deer, fox, coyote and even sometimes when they spot magpies and crows. With the two of them I probably do 30 sets of stairs a day.
Stephane Pinel: Maïa (Border Collie, 18 months), our dog who uses my home office to hide all her balls and toys in. If I don’t want to play, she doesn’t stay.
Our boy cat Tom (2 yo) and Moon (1 yo). Both have two reasons to live: eating and sleeping. They come in my home office to sleep. I’m not sure if they figured out I’m a human. They just don’t care…
Paul Lefebvre: These are my kids’ cats. They like to sleep in the hallway outside my office while I’m working and come in to bug me around noon because they want their Fancy Feast for lunch. They are cats so all they do is sleep and eat. They don’t really do anything else useful.
My son’s cat Christopher. He is 5 years old. We got him from the shelter about 8 months ago. Sometimes we call him “Topher”, but because he’s a cat he doesn’t really respond either way. Here he is caught in a cat trap:
My daughter’s cat Shawmut. He is large, 8 years old and kind of mean to everyone but the kids. He is my nemesis. I mostly call him “Mr. Mutley” because that sounds like a name you’d give an agent of evil. Here he is caught in the same trap:
Travis Hill: This is Ace. He is one of the most un-cat like cats I’ve known. He’ll wake me up in the morning, follow me around, want to do whatever I’m doing, and then follow me back to bed at night. He’s also scared of everything that makes noise- particularly whistling noises. Someone whistles a song on TV and he thinks the apocalypse is nigh…
Greg O’Lone: This is Loki (not to be confused with “Low Key”). She spends just about every day with me since we moved to Raleigh. Whether it’s sleeping on the desk next to me, pestering me to play with her, or walking on my keyboard because I’m ignoring her.
Javier Menedez: These two guys keep me company during the day. They don’t have an official name at all … but my son likes to call them “Daddy” and “Son” (when he is at home, he loves to throw lots of fish-food in … and that means lots of additional fun for me, cleaning the water after that). I have to admit they are not as warm as my old, well-loved dog Popeye … but I have to say in their favour, they significantly lowered the keyboard typos and other programming chaos.
From time to time … I love to push my office chair back and stare at them … very relaxing.
Alyssa Foley: This is Wiki, you may have seen her around in other Xojo posts. She is very helpful and has let me stick Xojo stickers on her nose for promotional tweets. She is a loving family dog who has been licking her pups (aka my human children) since the day we brought them home. She a vicious monster to anyone else, as the occasional Xojo customer has heard over the phone. She’s started showing her age lately, there’s a lot more white and grey in her muzzle but we still take a break at 1 everyday to go sit in the yard and get a little sunshine.
This sanity break has been brought to you by the Xojo office pets. I hope you enjoyed it and perhaps take a moment to spend with your fuzzy (or scaly) friend.