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20 Reasons Why Office Dogs Are Better Than Your Coworkers

Let’s face it: Going to work can become a daily grind. From the commute that takes way too much time and is often boring or problematic (or both!) to the extra assignments that your boss always seems to be sending your way so that you’re never quite caught up to the coworkers who can be pretty hit-or-miss. Sure, you need people to commiserate and go to happy hour with, but what if your coworkers are just not that great? Well, enter the office dog.

The office dog makes the BEST coworker, in my humble opinion. Many who have office dogs agree: They make the best coworkers for many reasons and actually make the office environment friendlier, less stressful, and downright enjoyable. From their uncanny ability to always listen to the way they help you stay focused, here are 20 reasons why the office dog makes a much better coworker. And yes, many cute doggie photos included.

1. They make the best greeters.

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Literally how much better would your morning start be if you could say hello to your secretary that was actually a dog??

2. They help you down your morning coffee.

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Your morning cup of coffee will go down even smoother if you’re petting an adorable pup at the same time.

3. They’re always there to listen to your crazy ideas.

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Unlike your coworkers, who might not appreciate your brilliance or (worse!) want to steal some of it for themselves, an office pup will listen and simply support.

4. They don’t mind getting paid in snuggles.

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While your coworkers fight over raises and who will get promoted next, the office pup simply demands daily showings of love.

5. They will represent the company with pride.

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You won’t have any trouble convincing your office pooch to come to the company softball game. Just sayin’. 

6. They’ll encourage you to bond with others (if you want to, that is).

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Okay, so maybe your coworkers are a LOT more fun when you’re both playing with the puppy, right?

7. They remind you about the importance of nap time.

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Sometimes, you just need a break in your day. And your pup is here to remind you that napping is THE BEST. No judgment required.

8. They help you make sure your legs don’t fall asleep.

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Unlike your coworkers, who are just going to sit there all day, your office dog will insist on walking around, playing, and even going outside — enduring that you actually get up and MOVE once in a while. 

9. They actually help you stay focused.

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Contrary to what it may seem, office dogs actually help you stay MORE focused because you have more relief from stress all day long… so you can focus on the big projects without worrying, thus getting them done quicker.

10. They will keep your seat warm.

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This is especially important during those cold winter months, when you sit down and instantly your butt feels cold. Your coworkers would never do this!

11. They make sure you take your well-deserved breaks.

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Your coworkers gave up asking you to hang out during their smoke breaks a long time ago, but your office pup is always down for you to take a 5 minute breather.

12. They will remind you to smile every day.

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It’s really easy to go through the day without a single smile, especially if you have grumpy coworkers. But your office dog? They’re there to bring joy to your heart.

13. They support you on even the most stressful days.

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It’s true that dogs help to lower blood pressure and help you feel less stress, which is definitely more than you can say for those coworkers…

14. They will make those late nights more tolerable.

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Just LOOK AT THAT FACE and tell me that you mind working late today, with this guy by your side.

15. They help you to save money.

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You’ll want to start bringing your lunch to work (thus saving money) JUST so that you can spend your lunch break playing with this adorable creature, amirite?

16. They will force you exercise and do something good for yourself.

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There’s nothing like the office dog to get you outside, get your blood pumping, and actually take a walk (aka exercise) during your work day. 

17. They will help your office stay friendly.

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Everyone loves dogs, don’t they? And offices that have these friendly pooches are proven to be friendlier and also encourage more interactions between coworkers. So maybe you’ll even end up liking who you’re working with (besides the dog) in the end?

18. They will simply make you feel happier at work.

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It’s practically impossible to not feel happy when there’s cute pups running around, which is more than any of us can say for our good and bad coworkers.

19. They remind you about the value of teamwork.

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Dogs are great team players, which is something that you will quickly learn if you have more than one office dog. They might even remind you WHY your boss wants you to work in a team in the first place.

20. Most of all, they know that work + play go together.

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Work hard, play hard. That’s how dogs do, and that’s what you’ll be doing soon too.

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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