difficult child loves her job

Discussion in 'Parent Emeritus' started by HereWeGoAgain, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. HereWeGoAgain

    HereWeGoAgain Grandpa

    My daughter started working at a dog grooming shop, part time in July and full time starting Sept 1. She washes the dogs before the shop owner Julie clips them.

    She really enjoys it! She likes Julie, Julie likes her, and the dogs like her. She never used to like animals much, she didn't mind them being around but showed no inclination to pet them or care for them and shied away from slobbery ones -- well, I guess most people try to avoid too much dog slobber but I mean like leave the room. Our dog Scooter never would curl up with her because she'd shoo him away or at best tolerate him but not pet him.

    That seems to have all changed now. I drive her to her job most mornings, and Julie's three dogs, a Lab/Golden Retriever, a mostly-Yorkie, and a mostly-pug, (large, medium, and small!) are waiting at the front door, the Yorkie practically doing flips and the Golden Retriever looking all doe-eyed with his tail going ninety to nothing.

    Somtimes she has to wash dogs that weigh more than twice as much as she does, and she is usually very tired at the end of the day, but she doesn't complain at all about the work or the clientele, which is quite a pleasant change from many of her past jobs where she developed feuds or quickly started slacking off. I guess it's the relative lack of stress -- she has to get the dogs washed in a timely manner, but it's straightforward work, not the kind of thing where you have a million tasks to get to and feel rushed and harassed. And there is the constant interaction with the animals which I firmly believe is very therapeutic. She really seems to be developing a rapport and empathy for the dogs, and it is spilling over into the house. She and Scooter have warmed up noticeably. Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part but I think I also sense a little less impatience with easy child 1. Time will tell.
  2. KFld

    KFld New Member

    Sometimes all it takes is finding something you really like doing, but more then that, working for someone who likes you, respects you and gives you a chance in life.

    sounds like that is what this person has done for her.
  3. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    How wonderful! This is a great place to start. Animals (and dogs in particular) are such gentle teachers of patience, exuberance, joy, love.....and fear (as 2 of mine shake when they walk in). And, if she finds that she likes working with dogs longterm there are other things she can do as well....grooming...pet sitting...dog walking....etc.

    I'm just delighted for you...and her!

  4. WhymeMom?

    WhymeMom? No real answers to life..

    Fingers crossed that she keeps the love for her job.....great to have unconditional love from an animal.....
  5. bby31288

    bby31288 Active Member

    I would love that job! Unless of course the poor dog was skunked or something! I am glad she likes it...Bravo for her! Maybe she found her calling!
  6. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    Good for her!!! I tell you, a dog really knows how to make friends. It's part of us as well. They're pack animals, and they can show us how to care, I think. I'm glad that she has chosen this particular job, because dogs are so unconditional in their affection. It's an easy jump start to empathy for our difficult children.
  7. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    That's awesome! I'm so happy she has found a place where she is accepted and well liked, and likes it to boot! I think working with animals is therapeutic.
  8. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful


    It can be so wonderful to have a job you love, doesn't matter what you're doing. And I'm sure it helps that she has such a good rapport with the boss.

    Hopefully this is a huge step forward for difficult child.

  9. Big Bad Kitty

    Big Bad Kitty lolcat

    It is SO therapeutic to work with animals. I'm very happy for your daughter!