After a long day in Manchester, I got off the train at Liverpool South Parkway station, tired and eager to get home as soon as possible. Then I saw a cat and had to stop. It was lying in the sun, on a piece of carpet at the entrance in the station. As I approached her she raised her little nose just a bit to smell my fingers and then returned to her inertia. I stroked her fur and my mood was instantly lifted. I looked around to see if anyone claimed ownership of the pet, but no one looked back.
I wonder why not more businesses and organisations have pets. Imagine going into a shop where you have to wait for your shoe to be fixed, phone screen to be changed or your friend to try on all the blouses until she finds the perfect fit. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to play with a dog, stroke a cat or feed a canary?
I also found this interesting article about how the presence of a dog in the office changes the working atmosphere, reduces stress and improves teamwork: Does Your Office Allow Dogs? Maybe It should.
Photo taken by Rupert in Brighton, December 2015