Anyone who has ever been unemployed knows that having a job is key to self esteem.
Even shelter dogs suffer from having no serious work to do, which is why staff in more progressive shelters are always finding ways to engage and employ their residents.
Star's been really lucky in that regard.
Not long after she joined us, a job opened up that immediately piqued her interest.
She already knew she had an aptitude for playing with large, goofy dogs with similar (read: annoying) play styles.
Her early play sessions with Genghis were so vigorous in fact that they were probably what caused her hernia-like swelling and landed Genghis in the vet's office as well with a hematoma on his ear.
In which vet visit we learned that, in fact, Genghis could stand to lose a few pounds.
Which led to the offer, and Star's immediate acceptance, of a job as Genghis' personal trainer.
Star takes her job very seriously. She's been going over several nights a week and wrestling, chewing, rolling around, and generally working out with her larger cousin.
This is a great setup all around. Genghis gets exercise, a huge help because for humans who do have jobs, it can be hard to find enough time to provide adequate exercise to the pooch.
My sister and I get hours of entertainment, as we sit with a glass of wine, watch Genghis enclose Star's entire head in his mouth, Star chew heartily on Genghis' neck, and Genghis drag Star across the floor as they both hold on to a chew toy as if their lives depended on it.
And Star gets the satisfaction of a job well done.
What do YOUR dogs do for a living?