When I was a young lawyer, I worked at a law firm in Yorkville that had 2 dogs and a cat.
I had never worked in any office environment that had any sort of animal. Having a dog, or a cat, let alone multiple animals in a law office, seemed very strange to me. When I thought about the idea of a traditional law firm, the image of a dog or a cat in the office never came to mind.
The previous law firms I worked at were in large office towers; on Bay Street in Downtown Toronto. There were no animals allowed in those office towers. Even if there were animals allowed, the financial district was not the ideal place to walk a dog. Taking the dog in a business elevator with all of those white collar executives wasn’t the right fit. Nor was going outside of your tower multiple times per day to get the dog some fresh air.
But I was not working at a traditional law firm. I was working at a personal injury law firm. And the thing about personal injury law, is…well…you guessed it…It’s rather personal.
Personal injury law firms do not represent large institutional clients like multi billion dollar, multi national corporations. Personal injury law firms represent everyday people, like you and me. So, the idea of having an office dog, was not so far fetched.
I’ve loved dogs all of my life. But, not to the point that I felt the urge to take my pet to work.
So what was it like having a dog (or two), along with a cat in the workplace?