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Bert Goes to Work

TALLstudio Architecture - Ocean Springs, MS

If you have stopped by our office in the last year or so, you may have noticed that we have something in common with Google, Etsy, and even Tito's Vodka...we bring our dog to work! If you haven't been introduced to Roberta, aka "Bert", here's your chance. She is a sassy, almost 7 year old, long hair dachshund that is equal parts stubborn and hilarious. 

Why do we bring our dog to work with us? Well, for one thing, we work long hours and we couldn't imagine her being alone for that long, let alone it made us crazy thinking about all of the havoc she could wreak if she were left at home- this girl has a tendency to consume things...pumpkin spice latte, a whole Five Guys cheeseburger (who can blame her?), and even a stick of butter (no lie). Not only do we get to keep an eye on her if she is at the studio, but there is something about bringing your dog to work that takes a bit of the edge off-there are scientific studies on this people! See here

Bert is constantly doing something to make us smile: eating bugs (ew), greeting visitors, snoring, you get the picture, and this helps to alleviate the woes that come with all of the positives of running a business. If we happen to be having a tough or particularly stressful day, she is always there to lick us on the nose, and if we need a break or a little walk, chances are that she won’t object (unless it’s raining). Having our pup at the office makes us get up and stretch our legs every few hours and this turns out to not only be good for our productivity, but good for Bert as well.

A surprising reason to bring our dog to work is that our clients seem to enjoy it. We haven’t had a single person come in the office who doesn’t bend down, rub her belly, and smile. She seems to impart a sense of calm on people, and she is constantly licking toes and lightening the mood. Bert helps break the ice with people (we normally introduce her before we introduce ourselves!), and for this we are grateful. She is something cute to talk about and makes chatting about money and contracts a little easier-we sure wish she could do this part for us!

Now that you have virtually met Bert, we hope you will stop by to say “hi” to her. She won’t object if you happen to have a treat in your pocket! 

Bert lays on the floor. 

Bert lays on the floor. 

Bert gives Mark therapy. 

Bert gives Mark therapy. 

Bert goes on a site visit.

Bert goes on a site visit.

Bert takes a selfie.

Bert takes a selfie.

Bert greets you. 

Bert greets you. 

Bert wiggles. 

Bert wiggles. 

Bert reads Dwell.

Bert reads Dwell.

Bert red-lines drawings. 

Bert red-lines drawings. 

Bert dances.