I know there are a lot of posts out there just now about working from home – I myself have written at least one – but this morning, on my daily downward spiral through various internet rabbit holes, I came across something so delightful I really had to share it with you.

An astronomer at NASA (yes, the actual NASA) posted a tweet about a virtual meeting she had been part of:

“Actually discussed in a virtual meeting today: How to keep cats from accidentally commanding spacecraft while this work is going on in peoples homes instead of a cat-free NASA building…”

As if we didn’t currently have enough to worry about with rampaging viruses and the destruction of the global economy. I assume the main concern of NASA about cats controlling spacecraft is that they might just casually swipe them out of orbit for a bit of attention. Additionally, cats are, of course, well known for using their powers for evil rather than good; and this is one reason I don’t have to worry about this myself (other than the fact I’m not a NASA scientist and I don’t control spacecraft from my laptop). I am a dog person.

If my dogs were to accidentally take control of my work, the worst thing that could happen is that they might open up someone’s personality profile leading them to undoubtedly think, aww, he seems like a good boy. Which leads us to the reason I am a dog person. Almost without exception they see the good in you. This quality in my furry companions has been a great comfort and solace to me, and not just in these days of quarantine. When you’re as generally disagreeable and pessimistic as I am, it’s really nice that at least someone at home is genuinely pleased to see you. They also never get bored of you, making them really the ideal quarantine companion.

If you’ve read this far and are wondering if this post actually has a moral, or indeed a point, the answer is no. The sun is shining, it’s the day before the holidays and the dogs are snoring gently at my feet on the terrace. I’ve shared a funny thing I saw today and also got to write a bit about my dogs and that feels like enough achievements for today. Happy Easter!

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