On most days, when I am work, my dog sleeps under my desk.
I have had dogs all my life and have always wanted one that I could take to work with me.
Now I do. Most of the time she is content just being in the same room in which I am. Other times she looks out the window to watch the nursery school children walk by or to see who is walking in and out of the door of the church. She also waits for her special friends who stop in my office not to see me, but to give her a pet and a dog biscuit.
But, there has been a professional advantage to having a go to work with me dog. Several times each day she reminds me it is time for a walk. Not only is this good exercise for me, but it gets me out onto the Village streets. We walk by the Fire Department and say hello to the firefighters who are there. We pass the Deli where in the morning adults are there getting a cup of coffee. In the afternoon school children and families are there getting an after school snack.
On almost every walk there is that chance conversation.
Sometimes it is just small talk with a neighbor.
Other times it is heartbreakingly serious.
To tell you the truth, more conversations happen on the sidewalk then happen in my office, and I encounter more people in a week on the sidewalk than I do on most Sundays in a worship service. These sidewalk conversations have made me consider asking the owner of the deli who, on countless occasions worked with me to provide food for someone who was hungry, if she would install a wireless router (I would even help cover the cost) so I could take my tablet to their outside tables, sit, have a cup of coffee, pretend to do some work and see who comes by for coffee and conversation.
To be sure…
There is work to do sitting at my desk in my office,
but there is also work to do taking my dog for a walk.