Dogs of Harden

By Nina Waysdorf, Assistant Account Coordinator

You already know about our agency, and you may have already met the people of Harden, but we would not be who we are without a few very important members. We’d like to introduce you to The Dogs of Harden, the playful yet lazy stars of Harden Communication Partners. They may not be the hardest working, but they are certainly the most spirited.

In our experience, sharing our office with dogs has helped to create a positive work environment. Sometimes one needs a good laugh, a necessary distraction, or a look of encouragement, and our dogs are the first to remind us of that. A team at Central Michigan University thought this might be true as well. They conducted a study proving that teams with dogs to “slobber and pounce on them” ranked their human team-mates more trustworthy and cohesive than their counterparts without dogs. They found that the presence of dogs created a more collaborative and effective work environment.

The benefits of animal interaction goes beyond the workplace as well. Pet therapy can help lift spirits and reduce pain and anxiety for patients and families with a variety of health problems. Our client, John Muir Health, hosts an annual pet therapy day at the Walnut Creek campus. Patients recovering from injuries and illnesses ranging from strokes, to cancer, to brain injuries visit with therapy camels, miniature horses, parrots, porcupines and fennec foxes.

But beyond the facts and figures, just look at these faces!

Lily
Lily finds her throne in the office of our Founder and CEO, Pat Harden. Lily enjoys napping, showing off her tennis balls, and surveying her kingdom (looking for food), but when she is out of the office, she loves going on walks with her friends.

Cayenne
Cayenne is the first to say hello and the first to say goodnight! She is never far from her mom, Cindi Goodsell, and can almost always be found napping close by. But in-between naps, she loves playing with the little dogs.

 

Jackson
Jackson is the newest member of the dog crew, and is trained in fluent Australian thanks to Mum Adrianna Webster. This little guy is a ball of energy, and has certainly woken up his fellow canines. Jackson could play all day if only someone could keep up with him!

 

Scooter and Guinness

The Dogs of Harden team would be incomplete, however, without its extended members. Here are our favorite guest stars, from our friends and neighbors at Mr. Sparkle.

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“Scooter has loud burps, just like a baby. You can even burp him if you really wanted to,” according to Scooter’s dad, Mike.

“Scooter has loud burps, just like a baby. You can even burp him if you really wanted to,” according to Scooter’s dad, Mike.

Dylan, Guinness’ dad, says, “Guinness is the gentlest creature. He was trained as a service dog, and is always on his best behavior!”

Dylan, Guinness’ dad, says, “Guinness is the gentlest creature. He was trained as a service dog, and is always on his best behavior!”

We promise we like people as much as we like dogs, and we are always interested in getting to know dedicated professionals who share our spirit. Please contact us at careers@hardenpartners.com and tell us about yourself and what you are looking for in your career. You don’t have to own a dog to work here, but canine companions are definitely an asset!

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