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    I have an office mascot

    Over a year ago, I was really struggling. I had been robbed, and the experience shook me to my core. My wife in her infinite wisdom decided I needed a little diversion. So she gave me a present I had wanted for years: a puppy. She brought home a Havashire, a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Havanese, the national dog of Cuba.

    Buddy is my little shadow. We’ve become inseparable. An energetic diminutive furball, he also serves as our unofficial office mascot. The staff loves him. I have no doubt if I were to pass on, there would be a custody battle over who gets my pup.

    Previously from Dr. Bowling: It’s about ocular health, not sales

    There are benefits to bringing your pet to work. A study from the Center for Human-Animal Interaction published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management found that dogs in the workplace may buffer the impact of stress during the workday and make the job more satisfying for those with whom they come into contact, regardless of pet ownership.1

    Ernie Bowling, OD, MS, FAAO
    Dr. Ernie Bowling is Chief Optometric Editor of Optometry Times. He received his Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in ...


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