Saturday, February 02, 2013
I work with dogs in the kennels of a big veterinary clinic. I chose animal care over continuing with what I had been doing for 10 years.... accounting. I knew that due to the nature of the work, which is extremely physical I would not be able to do that forever. My knees have always been bad, ever since I was a kid, so the constant crawling around on the ground to clean the bottom cages has been a bit of a challenge. The Kennel Director cut a deal with the Receptionist supervisor, so I can work mornings in reception, and noon - 4 in the Kennels. That way, the extrem speed and challenge of morning cleaning and walking dogs is gone. And I love both jobs, but of course working with the dogs is even better. So yesterday we had a ton of unruly, not leash trained Shepherds to walk, and they banged me up so bad that I got so sad. I realize that I just can't walk those big unruly dogs anymore without putting extreme strain on my knee, which already has water on it, and I can't bend it, or kneel down . So I cried to my Boss, and told her how sad this makes me that I am physically incapable of doing the job she hired me to do. And her response was how invaluable I am in training the staff and overseeing the well being of the dogs and making sure the protocols are updated, in place and followed. And that she would write me a new job description of necessary, so I would not have to feel like I am letting the team down when I can't walk those big dogs. So that was nice, but I really need to come to terms with the fact that I am probably not gonna be able to do all I think I should be doing. And I should just accept that the team is really great and they don't care if I ask them to walk the more unruly bunch, and I stick with the smaller pups. Oh my. I just feel like I am cheating on the job and flying under the radar. The alternative would be to go to reception permanently and not be able to touch any dogs at that place. Sounds like a horror story, right? Well, thanks for listening. I bought a tape about Knee Exercises for painful knees and how to work on building up muscles around the knees. I am also losing weight, so that will help. And my boss offered to go shopping with me to find me a good knee support system that she is using as well, because she also has bad knees. .