When I interviewed for an in-house counsel position at Google Inc. years ago, I had a researched, thoughtful and polished answer to the standard interview question, “Why do you want to work here?”, ready to go. But what I blurted out in the heat of the moment, inching forward to the edge of my seat, was “Is it true you allow dogs in the office?” (Yes, it’s true, and no, I didn’t get the job.)
Cesar Milan, a/k/a “The Dog Whisperer”, and several recent studies, testify to the positive effect that dogs in the office have on employee morale, attendance and cooperation. But Henree, the female, 60-lbs Standard Poodle owned by Lida Orzeck, Hanky Panky’s co-founder and CEO, graced the halls of our Park Avenue South office long before it was trendy. Henree’s tongue-in-cheek title, Chairman of the Board, holds a double-irony: it is both a nod to Lida’s decidedly anti-bureaucratic, pro-small company attitude toward office culture, and to the sexism built into traditional office cultures. (Henree is female but must bear the title Chairman if she wants to take the helm.) Henree’s title also acknowledges the very real contribution she makes to our office life.
Henree turns 12 today, just under a decade after Lida rescued her. “Henree’s former family gave her up following her first litter,” says Lida. “I was looking for a non-puppy and I got a very sweet, well-behaved Standard Poodle who serves as Chairman of the Board of Hanky Panky!”
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