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Forget Take Your Dog to Work Day, Let's Talk About Cats

The British have a new prime minister in Theresa May, who is moving into Larry the Cat's house at No. 10 Downing Street in London.

Yes, you read that correctly, because I'm quite certain that Theresa May is moving in with Larry the Cat instead of the other way around.

One of the happiest news stories so far this year concerns the prime minister's rescue cat Larry who lives at No. 10 Downing Street. Prime ministers may come and go, but Larry stays behind to groom new prime minsters and show them how things are going to work. They are on Larry's turf now.

Cats are like that, aren't they? They tell us how it's going to be. They train us, and they have a fairly low tolerance for our nonsense. Boris Johnson would be wise to stay out of Larry's way.

But back to the topic at hand. It's always Take Your Cat to Work Day at No. 10 Downing Street because Larry has a real job to do! Larry's official job title is "Chief Mouser," and his job is to control the local rodent population -- when he isn't doing a star turn before the assembled media awaiting important updates from No. 10 Downing Street.

Larry even has a few work colleagues, including former stray cat Palmerston, the Chief Mouser at the Foreign Office across the street. Their relationship is rather catty. Here are Larry and Palmerston facing down in a non-internet domain dispute caught on Twitter the other day. Larry, you are quite the badass catfighter.

We talk a lot about Take Your Dog to Work Day -- which might be every day, depending on your workplace -- but we don't give much love to the other animals that might live full time at the workplace. From geckos to guinea pigs to fish tanks to the skinny, stray cat that showed up at our small business's back door a few years ago and, well, we fed him a snack and he kept coming back and that turned into a twelve-pack of wet food, which evolved into a visit to the veterinarian for a checkup as we posted flyers and tweeted about a missing cat but nobody claimed him and now there's a kitty bed in the break room and THE CAT STAYS.

We feel like many customers come in mainly to see the cat. How it all happened we still don't quite understand, but the cat has become a part of our office family and is a net positive for our company's bottom line. We get the impression the cat understands his star power and feels like he's doing us a favor by sticking around, too. Sure, he could find a better deal out there, but it's nap time. He'll let us know when our services are needed again. Cats are like that, aren't they?

As we approach the dog days of August, let's give a shout out to all the unsung, sometimes exotic office pets that have wormed their way into the workplace, and our hearts. Whether they live at No. 10 Downing Street or at a small business in a mixed-zoning area, we need them more than they need us. At least, that's what cats would tell us if they could talk. Meow.


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