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Happy dog days of summer!

Yesterday, I was on a conference call in my virtual office with the door closed. My dog could hear me talking and was so disappointed he was not invited to the call he proceeded to growl and bark at me loudly through the door. Luckily, I was meeting with another dog-lover who joined me in laughing about it. That got me reflecting...

Over the years, I've been on numerous calls and heard a bark, wimper or growl in the background. Anyone else want to celebrate the first day of summer (in the northern hemisphere) by introducing their dog to the community? These are mine, Macho (7 years) and Rocky (7 months), both Great Pyrenees. Rascals at heart.

Colleen Hebbert Susan Keohan Jamie Cantrell Ian Thain ... would love to see new photos of your pups.

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  • Jun 21, 2018 at 03:28 PM

    You won't hear dogs on my calls, but you might hear a cat. ...(or my MIL being loud even though she knows I'm on a call.)


    • Jun 27, 2018 at 09:17 PM

      My family doesn't seem to understand that when mommy is on the phone it's time to shush!

      • Jun 28, 2018 at 03:43 PM

        My husband and stepson get it and generally try to take their discussions (arguments...) elsewhere. My husband's mother, who lives with us, on the other hand, doesn't give a s**t who she disturbs or when. My home office is in what used to be the dining room and she'll be in the kitchen making as much noise as possible. Grr!


        • Jun 28, 2018 at 03:50 PM

          My family has zero excuses. I legitimately have an office with a door and they just barge in and start talking at me WHILE I'm presenting or actively talking on a call. My fiance keeps telling me to just lock my door, but then they all just come and bang on the door. No amount of hand gestures or death stares seem to work, so I have to physically remove them from my office while still trying to maintain my train of thought. This is why I try to do all my work while the house is empty as much as possible!!

  • Jun 21, 2018 at 04:44 PM

    These are awesome dogs! Dog barking in the calls is terribly annoying. It is nice when people at least acknowledge the problem though (which goes for any background noise, sometimes there is construction even in the office) and mute themselves when not speaking.

    My cat just sleeps most of the day and couldn't care less what I do. If he suddenly shows up in my office it's usually a sign that his food bowl is empty. :)

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  • Jun 22, 2018 at 01:20 PM

    Wow, Great Pyrenees - I bet you could make a blanket or a rug when they go into shed mode ;-)

    I'd like to introduce the community to 'The Warrior Princess' (aka Sunny) so named because she ferociously defended her family with much fierceness from an invading beetle.

    She's a 9YO yellow lab, and loves swimming (duh) but she's pretty quiet so chances are nobody has heard her on a call. Although there was one time, I was giving an ASUG webcast, and about 5 minutes before the start, she snagged an entire stick of butter off the kitchen counter. I was certain I'd have to interrupt the webcast because the butter decided to leave her system. No such luck for the attendees!

    Of course, this picture was taken a few winters ago, which is a whole 'nother story.

    • Jun 22, 2018 at 08:55 PM

      Sunny looks like such a nice pup. My sister had a yellow lab - he needed two long walks a day or shoes were taken hostage.

      My pups shed terribly. Hair is everywhere and they seem to have a special attraction to black pants.

      • Jun 25, 2018 at 08:43 PM

        Long time ago my parents were friends with a family that had a Shetland sheepdog. They actually made yarn out of the dog's fur and knitted scarves with it. It was believed to relieve the joint/muscle pain. So you might be missing on a business opportunity. :)

    • Jun 25, 2018 at 08:45 PM

      What's the deal with the color circles there? Was that like a local Holi celebration? :)

      • Jun 26, 2018 at 12:13 PM

        Well sort of. She decided that huge pile of snow allowed her to overlook her kingdom, so it seemed only right to decorate as befits a queen.

    • Jun 28, 2018 at 05:58 PM

      I'm suddenly craving a snow cone.

  • Jun 22, 2018 at 06:49 PM

    Here's the troublemaker you're most likely to hear in the background of my conference calls... His name is Trigger:

    Here's my old man, Dash, who I'm pretty sure is 99% cat on the inside:

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  • Jun 26, 2018 at 02:47 PM

    Ha, yes, this is one of the "hazards" of teleconferencing from home offices! Though to be fair, for me it's far noisier in my "office" office than in my home office, due to the low-walled cubicle environment in a very large room with lots of people who talk a lot, plus a train that regularly goes by right outside the window and blows its whistle for the road crossing that we're next to.

    I think I'd take dogs in the background any time over that train.

    • Jun 27, 2018 at 09:13 PM

      Ugh I can't stand cubicle or "open office" layouts. They're so distracting and I'm super unproductive in them. REALLY glad that I can work from my home office for this reason (among others!).

    • Jun 27, 2018 at 09:14 PM

      Nothing more productive than having some random coworkers who keep popping up with interruptions while you're trying to hammer some project out. It's ok though, 'cause you're just sitting there, right? You're not busy, right? #eyeroll

    • Jun 28, 2018 at 06:12 PM

      Ah, yes...I'm in a low-walled cubicle environment as well -- and it's definitely nosier in the office for me (compared to when I work from home). I don't have to deal with any trains, but there's no shortage of people roaming around with wireless headsets and mobile phones, talking as though they're trying to perfect their stage whispers.

      I wrote about that (and more) years back -- before I joined the community team (on one of the few occasions when I contributed to the tag that shall not be named):

      • Jun 29, 2018 at 11:44 AM

        To go (even further) off-topic: After plugging the 2015 blog post shamelessly above, Jamie commented on it, so I went back and read all of the comments, and -- surprise, surprise! -- saw nice responses from members named...(checks notes)... Jelena Perfiljeva and Steffi Warnecke. This was from October 2015 -- many months before I joined the SAP Community team (and a full year before the transition from SCN). My, what simpler times those were.

        (I also got quite a few comments from someone named Former Member. I couldn't quite tell if s/he enjoyed the post, as the replies weren't consistent.)

        • Jul 02, 2018 at 03:48 PM

          I remember that blog, but only now connect it to Community-Jerry! :D

          Put a like on it again, while I was there just now. I have probably liked in on SCN, too and gave it a great rating.

        • Jul 24, 2018 at 09:06 PM

          Pretty cool that I could also go in and like the blog again. :)

      • Jul 09, 2018 at 09:24 PM

        What a great blog! I didn't see it at the time, but it remains very timely today. I have many, if not all, of the same pet peeves. The cellphone while in a bathroom stall thing completely baffles me, and yeah, people don't even try to hide it, not from those around them, and not from whoever's on the other end of the line.

  • Jun 27, 2018 at 10:38 PM

    May I present you His Royal Highness Prince Walnut (Dió), first of his name, the destroyer of tennisballs, the fierce hunter of bunnies, the protector of the Home and killer of the pizza delivery guys.

    His favourite activity is sleeping under a blanket no matter if it is 30+ degrees Celsius and has a more accurate chronometer than the atomic clock if you wish to be waken by being jumped into your internal organs and licked until you are up.

    He is normally just listening to my meetings, though once participated in a GDPR architecture call on webcam. Sometimes he is backing up his butt until he is sitting on the keyboard (cause working on the couch is comfy) and starts sending messages to people. Last year he also participated in a UX workshop for the profile at SAP HQ in Walldorf after I couldn't find a daycare. Actually it was pretty good for the mood and atmosphere of the ws.

    So that's my baby. Unless he misbehaves. Then he's my husband's baby.

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  • Jun 29, 2018 at 07:31 AM

    No dogs here, but apparently we have a very dog friendly team (Ian, Jim and others all have some good looking dogs) myself - couple of big cats! LOL well kind of big. Lucia has some big cats as well!

    Little "Lady" who sometimes thinks she's a plant.

    "Scratch" who certainly lives up to the name.

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    • Jun 29, 2018 at 01:25 PM

      Adorable, they really know how to strike a pose. And LOL, Jim is the one I was on the phone with when Rocky was barking through the door at me... no wonder he was such a good sport about it.

  • Jun 29, 2018 at 09:15 AM

    Duchy - 4 year old English Bulldog

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  • Jun 29, 2018 at 03:02 PM

    This is Wedgie. Yep, that's her real name. (We found her as a feral kitten, "wedged" in the woodpile, which is how she got that name.) As you can see, she likes to do yoga (well, an approximation of something similar anyway). She's a character. She only tried to stalk and chase the chickens once, when she first met them. She's all of 9 pounds, so when the chickens actually turned and started chasing her, she learned her lesson. They have happily co-existed since!

  • Jul 02, 2018 at 03:57 PM

    *_* So many cute dogs and cats.

    I'm a dog person myself, but can't have one at the moment, because I tend so be long away from home every day but the weekends. And if the dog is with someone else most of the time, it's not really my dog. Would be unfair to both of us, so I'm petless. ;(

  • Jul 03, 2018 at 01:38 PM

    Poldo, 7 kgs of ferocious death machine!

  • Jul 10, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Nothing like a conf call where you feel like you're on a busy street corner with car claxons and occasional "mooo" .....

  • Jul 10, 2018 at 01:57 PM

    No longer have a dog. Sadly Allie passed away a little over a year ago. We still had our kids' first real pet, a stray cat that we enticed into staying and subsequently named Robin. After Allie died, we adopted first an older cat from my daughter's friend (was moving and could not take Romeo with her) and then(at my suggestion) a kitten who we named Rajah. My previous experience with cats was that you put out a bowl of dry food, let them out and in periodically, and when traveling, cleaned out the litter box and all was good. Not the present three of Robin, Romeo, and Rajah. Romeo has digestive issues and needs special (and very expensive) food at least three times a day. Robin is fat and needs special food twice a day, but does not seem to be losing weight. Rajah loves the special/expensive food and disdains anything you can buy in the grocery store. Sigh...

    But Rajah really is a sweet kitten (now a cat and still sweet with the loudest purr)!

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    • Jul 10, 2018 at 01:58 PM

      He generally does not make noise during my calls, but does like to walk on the keyboard!

  • Jul 17, 2018 at 04:08 PM

    This little guy is moving in with us in about seven weeks :-D

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  • Jul 19, 2018 at 12:47 PM

    I don't have a recent pic of my dog, but here's one of hers when she was a pup. Her name is Chibi (it's a reference to anime and to the fact that she's small and cute) and she has a really loud bark, as you would expect from a Spitz, but she's never ever interrupted my meetings/calls at home. I must add, she hates Summer, just like I do. Glorious fall/winter FTW.

  • Oct 08, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    Please accept this dog, her name is Luna and she is just like other sausage-dogs. Likes to maim and kill teddy-bears, snuggles under the covers to fall asleep, provokes her pack with fun and cuteness! Very intelligent and very independent! She is even of German heritage, so she might know a bit about SAP as well ;-)

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    • Oct 08, 2018 at 11:42 AM

      Hopefully she doesn't like killing mooses:)

      • Oct 09, 2018 at 08:52 AM

        Whatever makes you think that? ;-)

        • Oct 09, 2018 at 10:12 AM

          Well, AFAICT, the animal in front looks like one and seems to - hm - need looking after:)

          Of course my point is moot if she is the one caring... And now I'll shut up:)

  • Jan 30, 2019 at 07:24 PM

    Loved all these pet pics and shares!

    When this troublemaker isn't breaking into cupboards, eating all the plastic he can put his paws on, or meowing at the top of his lungs during calls, he's playing (home) office micromanager - often literally sitting on top of his subordinates.

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    • Jan 30, 2019 at 08:04 PM

      Love it! my previous cat did something similar (he passed away though) - used to sit on my laptop while I tried to type.

      • Jan 31, 2019 at 07:36 PM

        :( sorry to hear that. Their shenanigans last forever, don't they?!

    • Jan 30, 2019 at 08:31 PM

      Such a character! Thanks for sharing :)

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