On Pets and Writing


An author's pets

My office staff, hard at work

I have pets. Two of them, a dog and a cat. They’re with me every day as I write, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I think there’s a great benefit to sharing my office with two furkids.

Mostly because they make sure I take plenty of breaks.

Everybody knows you shouldn’t glue yourself to your chair and stare at your computer screen for hours on end. You’ll get a stiff neck and back, burnt-out eyes, and carpel tunnel. Your heart rate will get all sluggish, and before you know it, your brain will turn into mush. At that point, you can hardly write worth a darn anyway.

But you’ve got such a long list of things to do … You can’t stop now. Not even for a five-minute break.

But with pets on hand, you have nothing to fear.

The cat wants out.

The cat wants in.

The cat wants out.

The dog wants to play.

The cat wants in.

The dog wants a treat.

The cat knocks over her cat perch.

The dog wants out.

Sometimes my furkids have me out of my chair and moving around every fifteen minutes. Sometimes it’s an unwanted disruption. But most of the time, I remind myself that I’d never leave my chair if it weren’t for them insisting upon it. And at the end of the day, I find myself far less fatigued than I would have been without those brief excuses to get up and move around.

So that’s my anti-office-fatigue strategy. What’s yours?

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