Networking with Pets = PetWorking
By Alanna Bradley
Last weekend my pug, Pepper, and I attended the GOTG and Wag, Work, Wine Yappy Hour event to benefit the SPCA. It was a lovely laidback brunch event, and I was surprised to meet some new – and very friendly – people and pets while also having the chance to catch up with some old friends.
Now, I feel like some after-work events and mixers are loud and semi-hectic – sometimes that’s right in my wheelhouse and sometimes I prefer the more laidback experience. Yappy Hour was definitely laidback. And, on the plus side, I have always felt like pets are excellent ice breakers – you can almost always approach someone you’re interested in chatting with if they have a friendly-looking pooch nearby.
So, I really think the girls are onto something here. I certainly hope they continue to host more of these events – networking on the grid really should be filled with more wagging tails and relaxed conversations.
Don’t believe me? Read this:
“Dogs act as social ‘ice breakers’ and help people strike up friendly conversation with others,” says Dr. June McNicholas, senior research fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. “We are probably much more sociable than society allows us. It is difficult for us to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger – all sorts of ulterior motives may be suspected. But being with a dog (or other pet) gives a safe, non-threatening, neutral topic to start a conversation.” See more here.