My Morning Meeting with the Pets

I learned a long time ago that communication is the key to being an effective manager, so I make a point of having a daily meeting with the pets.

It’s a good time to talk about what’s going on, make announcements, and air out any outstanding issues. Here’s a transcript of yesterday’s session:

June 8, 2010
Attendees: Rob Madeo (Admin), Scarlett and Maddy (Dog Department), Maggie, Maeve, Mia (Cat Bureau).

Rob: Good morning, thanks for coming. First of all, Maddy, if you don’t mind, let’s see if we can rein in this thing with the socks. It’s OK to carry them around and play with them, but I’ve found some recently with holes in them…

Maddy: Sorry about that.

Rob: No problem, but it would be a good idea to keep that under control if possible.

Next on the agenda, I’d just like to address the rumors that have been circulating around the house about a change in policy. You need to know that I’ve taken a new position on pet ownership. After some soul searching, I’ve decided that it’s not ethical to keep house pets. I’m going to devote my blog to explaining why people should not keep cats and dogs. Pet ownership contributes to a system of abuse and neglect, irresponsible breeding, overpopulation, and other issues. Reducing the demand for pets will help solve some of the problems. Questions?

Scarlett: That’s good news, Rob. How will it change things for us?

Rob: Well, I’m happy to say it won’t change things at all. We’ll all continue to go on the way we usually do.

Scarlett: But if you find pet ownership abhorrent, how can you continue to keep us here?

Rob: Abhorrent is a strong word. I think when weigh the value of what I plan to do with my blog against the reality of what we’ve got going on here in the house, you’ll agree it’s the right thing to do. This isn’t about us, it’s about changing the way people think. And let’s face it, if I’m not your owner, someone else will be. We need to think of the good we’ll be doing for other dogs and cats.

Scarlett: You don’t think that makes you a hypocrite? Telling people not to keep pets while keeping them yourself?

Rob: I understand where you’re coming from, but I’d really appreciate your co-operation on this. We all need to pull together and do what’s best for the household. And it would be great if we could all try to keep a positive attitude.

Any other questions?

Maggie: Yes. If you care so much about animals, how about changing the litter?

Rob: Thank you, Maggie, I’ll get right on that. I can always count on you to help us keep our priorities straight.

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