Thankful Thursday: Work Update

I’ve started working on having Thankful Thursday posts…it’s just a random post of things that happened during my week that I am thankful for. It started after I’ve been reading The Frugal Girl blog and she has a feature called Thankful Thursday. I thought I would give you a little update about my job and tell you how thankful I am for it.

I started working at the local veterinary clinic in mid-August. I’ve worked from home ever since our daughter Kayla was born in 1988. I was totally ready but still nervous about getting a job. It had been so long since I had been out in the workforce.

I originally thought I would work at school as an associate but this job came up at the right time and the right place. Originally I applied to be a dog walker and assistant groomer after I saw the job opening posted on the vet clinic’s Facebook page. I was a regular visitor there as I was doing all the fostering with HEART Animal Rescue. They were the vet I was taking all of the animals to. Everyone there was always so nice at the clinic so when I saw the job opening I thought I would throw in an application.

A week later I was offered a different position there, not for the job I applied for but as a receptionist at the desk. I took the job starting as part-time and now, I work full-time. We work long 10-hour days but the time flies by most days and I love that. I have Thursdays off…I love that too!!

My adult kids all laugh when they call me and ask how work was…every single time I tell them, “I still love it”…and I do. I really love my job a lot.

It’s so interesting and I’m always learning stuff. Today as I write, we had a mammary mass surgery, a cherry eye surgery, a declaw, along with regular spay and neuter surgeries. We groom dogs so I see and learn about different breeds all the time. I love seeing people come in with their new puppies and I am glad I can be with families as they say goodbye to their old faithful pets too.

My coworkers are all awesome. I kind of worried that I would be the oldest employee and not fit in…nope. I’m doing okay on that front. Some of the high school kids are about old enough to be my grandkids…I think sometimes I shock them a bit because I’m a grandma. The two docs at the clinic are old enough to be my kids.

Our boss is great. Kind. Super generous. She’s always doing the little things like buying lunch for everyone, bringing in donuts, of gifting up goodies. It feels so good to be appreciated.

I’m a bit of a goofball at work. The boss got me a new broom and dustpan. It’s an O Cedar Pet Pro Broom with Step on Dust Pan. When the broom arrived I made a huge deal about “getting a new vehicle”…(If you didn’t get my joke, witches ride brooms). Every employee who was at the office that day got my big spiel and presentation of all of the great features my broom set has.

First off, it’s red-my favorite color.
Second, the broom is nicely angled and the bristles are soft enough to move and get the dirt and hair.
Third, the dustpan is angled wonderfully. You can step on the tip of the dustpan, stand up, and sweep the dirt in. No more bending and trying to how the dustpan while sweeping in the dirt.


Fourth the dustpan has tines at the top that I can run the broom through to remove all the pet hair from the broom. Previously I had to flip the broom over and remove the hair with my hand.

I think EVERYONE at work has seen my demo on how wonderful my new broom is. (and now you have to!! HA!) You can find it HERE on Amazon. Everyone laughs and teases me that I need to get one from Christmas. I’m honestly thinking I buy myself one I like it that much. I might wait until after Christmas though as I wouldn’t put it past any of them at work to buy one for me as a gag gift! HA!!

One of the things I love best about work is that we all pitch in and work hard…but we play hard too. When we are busy everyone jumps in and does whatever they can to help. We’ve been short one vet tech for the last two months so I’ve learned some things I normally might not do like make molds of paw prints from animals we have had to put to sleep. We make a cast and give it to the families. I don’t mind taking on tasks like that so the office can run smoothly.

At the end of the day when the lights go out, the door is locked and the sign is turned to close, we all seem to have a sense of “we did it-we and made it through a crazy day”.

Every day has its own kind of crazy…I like that so much. The days aren’t predictable. The days aren’t boring.

I’ve told everyone at work about my cancer issues and everyone has been really good about making sure that I take care of myself first. They won’t let me unload heavy bags of dog food anymore. They have all assured me that I can work or not work while I journey through this…whatever I need to do is okay. I plan on working as much as I am able…no I won’t overdo but I do want to work some and keep my mind busy with something besides wondering if my cancer is growing. That’s no fun. I’d much rather be working.

So that’s the update on my job…I still love it and I can’t imagine what could happen that would make me not love it. One of my biggest blessings was getting this job.

11 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday: Work Update”

  1. I’m so happy to hear that you love your job! It sounds like a wonderful place. I think your job came along at just the right time in your life. It’s funny how things like that happen. For me, I find it’s important to keep busy too. It keeps me young and keeps me from worrying about things I have no control over.

  2. It sounds like your job is still the perfect fit for you. It is wonderful that you love the job and I am sure they love having you. The broom and dust pan look amazing!

  3. I’m so glad you are happy in your new job, Jo. My dad always told us kids to find something we really liked doing and figure out how to get paid for it. One of my first jobs besides babysitting was working at a daycare after school for a few hours. I was a teacher in training and liked kids. And after teaching for 30 years, I still like kids. Continue to enjoy as you continue to take care of yourself. Merry Christmas! Oh, and I think I’ll checkout your new broom. :)

  4. I’m glad that you have such a wonderful job that you love. I know the animals can feel your love and appreciate what you do for them.
    Take care

  5. So glad that you love your job and those that you work with. The broom looks like a great gift idea for those with pets or small children.

  6. I had to giggle because my hubby is always cracking jokes about needing to put a bigger motor on my broom. It’s a running joke with us and has been for years! So glad you love your job. I love animals, and I think that would make it hard for me to work in a vet’s office…having to see them out to sleep or ones that come in injured. It takes a special person to work in that environment.

  7. It’s so good you found the perfect job with such a great team of people. It made me smile reading about your new broom haha!

  8. I loved reading your post Jo. Great to see your bright smile as you posed with your new broom and to enjoy reading about your enthusiasm about your job and the people you work with. Happy Christmas to you and all your family.

  9. I’m so glad you are enjoying your job – I’ve always wanted to work at a vet’s office. Even if it was just to help with patients and pray with their owners if need be.
    Love and prayers

  10. Susan the Farm Quilter

    In my family, we call your falling into the perfect job for you “a God thing”. It’s hard to wait for His perfect timing, but when we do, everything is perfect. I’m so glad you have great people to work with because I knew you would love the animal parts! Even the need to say goodbye to a beloved family member means stopping pain for the pet and huge pain for the rest of the family…your sweet caring will help them. So happy for your God thing!

  11. Hi Jo, this job is perfect for you and it came at a good time. You sound like it will be a good support group for when you start your treatments. Plus you have your wonderful family and friends. All of us out here in blog land will be rooting for you too. I love the cross stitching you got done too. The new little foster is adorable. I adopted a senior dog aroun December 1. She’s a dachshund and basset hound mix. She’s 10 years old and has blended in with my pack beautifully. She was an owner surrender so I have some history on her and I know her real name, which I have kept. She is just wild about me and that tickles me to death. You’re always in my prayers. Hugs,

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