If you ever want to lift the spirits of an overworked, slightly cynical bunch, bring an animal to work, the more exotic the better. Putting concerns over allergies, fears and hygiene aside, the unexpected arrival of exotic beasts into our workplace brought everyone together and left us relaxed and smiling.
Santa brought a reindeer to visit just before Christmas. The beast left a few gifts, but we took that in our stride.
Yesterday, the people from Sea World/Busch Gardens brought in a few penguins.
Smart move on their part – they were featured on our website, charming the newsroom.
A dog named Bella comes to visit often, too. She’s a service dog – helping her owner and giving us a smile as she comes up for a pat or to beg for a treat.
We’re always happy to see her.