Sunday, July 1, 2012

Finding The Right Job

We all know how hard it is to find the perfect job. Different people look for different things. Dogs are much the same. There are dogs to fill lots of different jobs.

Guide dogs.
Herding dogs.

Search and rescue dogs.

Military dogs.

Dogs that jump out of helicopters.

Dogs that jump out of boats.

Dogs that help drive big rigs.

Dogs that pull sleds.

Dogs that look for drugs.

Dogs that help us learn to read.

Service dogs for people with disabilities.

Some dogs even have blogs.
You get the idea.

Portuguese Water Dogs are working dogs. They used to work on the fishing boats in Portugal. The dog was considered an important member of the crew.
The dogs had many duties on the boat. They pulled nets, herded fish into the nets, retrieved items and sometimes people that fell overboard and carried items between boats and from the boats to shore. They also warned when sharks were in the area. When the boats were at dock the dogs stayed aboard and guarded the fisherman's equipment.

During the winter when the boats didn't go out to sea, the dogs protected the flocks of sheep.

Noah needed a job. He isn't into playing with toys or chasing the ball. He needed to be busy, but all the jobs around here were filled.
Then he found a very important job that no one else was doing. Noah helps me get breakfast and dinner ready every day.

Each morning I remove the dog bowls from the dishwasher and we all head for the garage. Everybody is in a hurry to get outside to relieve themselves, but Noah stays in the garage to help me.
I carry the bowls to the table where the bags of dog food are located. Noah stays close by because his very important job is picking up any pieces of kibble that I drop while filling the bowls.

It's an important job because if dog food lays around on the garage floor, it's an invitation to mice to come in and make themselves at home. We don't want that. As careful as I try to be, a piece or two usually hits the floor and Noah is on them.
Once all the bowls are filled, Noah gets to eat first. Then he goes outside while some of the others come in to eat. Finally the second group comes in, then everyone is finished and goes back outside.

At dinner we repeat the process.
Since he started his job, Noah is a much happier boy. It's great when one finds the perfect job.


Two French Bulldogs said...

What a cool job...the only job we have is following mom
Benny & Lily

rottrover said...

Noah! Mouse prevention is an extremely important role on any household. I provide a similar service to our mom whenever there is food in the kitchen. Vermin Control...


Ruby said...

That is an amazing job you have there Noah! I wanted to say 'hello' I found your wonderful bloggie through the Woos, and I just have to say, you are adorable!
Keep up the good work!



♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Noah, you have a pawesome job. Mom won't let us in the garage because she is always afraid some one of our human sisters might come to visit unannounced and open the garage door - zoom, out we go.

But Noah, if you ever need a vacation, do call on us, Ciara, Lightning, and Thunder would all be more than happy to be your substitute:)

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Matilda the Boxer said...

It sounds like you're doing an amazing job, Noah! Good for you searching until you found just the right fit.

Brooke, Cessna, Canyon & Rogue said...

It's so great when our dogs find their job within the pack :)

Cessna is my guide dog, Rogue is learning to take over.

Canyon is our show dog and future drafter, so that leaves Aspen. she isn't really into playing or into learning new things, but if you need a hug, kiss or someone to help clean out a dish or a spilled food item, she is your girl. Aspen never leaves a spot uncleaned and a wound unkissed.

Molly the Airedale said...

Look at that awesome face! You are the perfect doggie for this job, Noah!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

gMarie said...

I'm glad Noah found the perfect job. Beau's job is 'defending the perimeter.' He's takes it very seriously. g

SissySees said...

Such a handsome dog... I'm glad you found the right job, Noah!!

Anonymous said...

it sounds like Noah is good at his job too! everyone needs something that they are good at! we're happy that he found his calling.

interesting into on the portugese water dogs. i did not know that. poodles are water retrievers, yet there is no mention of water in their name. what a cheat.


Jo's World said...

Noah, what is your title exactly. Almost every job has a title associated with it, we'd like to know what yours is. Congrats by the way of finding your perfect job!

My job is telling my Mom when there is someone at the door. Sometimes its just a paper deliverer, but thats OK. Just call me Stella, Door Handler!


Asta said...

It IS wondewful to find the pawfect job and I'm so happy fow Noah that he found his. I can tell he's pwoud of himself, as he should be
Gweat job Noah!
Smoochie kisses

Caroline B said...

My dog's job is Chief Sofa Tester...he could do it all day! (He part-times as a Rabbit and Squirrel chaser, but that's just piece work.)