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James had to attend a very important meeting at Girls on the Run headquarters today.  First, he discussed fiscal reports with Jessica.  He has to write a long memo later this afternoon.


Then, he went back to his desk and spent a few hours organizing the volunteers for the upcoming 5K.


And lastly, he sat in on a two-hour long conference call.  He hates conference calls.  Like mother, like furchild! 




Okay, really Γ’β‚¬β€œ I just had to return some paperwork to the GOTR office this morning, and James came along with me! GOTR is a dog-friendly office and usually James gets to hang out with other cute poochies while I chat with people.  He was the only doggie today but still had fun.  He likes belly rubs.  πŸ™‚




A wonderful salad:


  • Spinach
  • Goat cheese
  • Balsamic dressing
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes


And a hunk of cornbread:


IÒ€ℒm really trying to implement the No Meat Athlete mentality of a Γ’β‚¬Λœsalad and smoothie every dayÒ€ℒ as a way to maximize nutrients and ensure I eat enough greens.  As the weather warms up, IÒ€ℒve noticed that IÒ€ℒm naturally craving these summer foods more and more anyway!


Is it sunny where you are?  I hope so!


Is your office pet-friendly?  Would you bring your pet to work if you could?


Psst Γ’β‚¬β€œ This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and Operation Beautiful is a featured organization.  Please check out Operation Beautiful throughout the week for survivor stories and eating disorder tips, including How to Talk to a Friend Who May Have an Eating Disorder, and the symptoms and warning signs of Bulimia, Anorexia, and Binge Eating Disorder.



  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) February 21, 2011, 2:57 pm

    Unfortunately my office is not pet friendly. I’d definitely bring my dogs along if I could. Especially since we just got a new puppy!!

  • Gina February 21, 2011, 3:00 pm

    I’m also trying to incorporate a salad everyday…and smoothies for breakfast a few times per week:)

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 21, 2011, 3:01 pm

    That’s so cool that the office is pet friendly. I don’t think I’ve ever been in one. And tulips are my favorite flowers. I love seeing them out for sale!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life February 21, 2011, 3:01 pm

    How sweet are those photos! He looks like an excellent employee!

  • Rachel February 21, 2011, 3:01 pm

    I work in a formal law office, so that would be a big fat NO to pets, unfortunately. I’d love to bring my pup! He’d just sleep all day, anyway, I promise!

    I’m getting married in September and our wedding venue is pet friendly, though! It is a botanical garden, and all the employees can bring their dogs to work every day. Yay!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 8:29 pm

      Ooo I love botanical gardens… what a great place to get married!

  • Freya February 21, 2011, 3:01 pm

    LOL I love pictures of animals sitting at desks πŸ˜€
    If I had an office, I think it’d be fun to bring my pet in (not the horse tho…) – better than them getting bored athome all day πŸ™‚

  • Kacy February 21, 2011, 3:02 pm

    I wish our office was pet friendly. I can’t get a dog because I’m gone 12-ish hours each day and if I could take it with me that would make everything better. I’m glad James had a good day at work πŸ˜‰

  • annette @ enjoyyourhealthylife February 21, 2011, 3:03 pm

    Great pictures! I too adore salads-especially ones heavy on the spinach πŸ™‚ I just ate one in fact…..

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) February 21, 2011, 3:03 pm

    Definitely not warm enough to enjoy smoothies yet, though they have been good to me when I got sick and lost my appetite!

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa February 21, 2011, 3:05 pm

    I work from home so my pup (and cat) are always with me. Some days I wish I had an office to go to just to take a break from them! πŸ™‚

    IF I did work in an office, it would be sweet if it were pet friendly. Just think – then you would be forced to get off your butt and walk around at least a few times during the day.

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 21, 2011, 3:06 pm

    Honestly I’m sure the owner of the company I work for would allow pets, but I’m not sure if anyone ever has! I know plenty of my coworkers have dogs or cats.

    No it is not warm where I am! It is currently snowing πŸ™ We got 12+ inches last night and it keeps on coming down. I do have tulips on my kitchen table — at least the inside of my house is pretending it is Spring!

  • Kris February 21, 2011, 3:06 pm

    No office right now πŸ™‚ but in the past, my workplace has been pet friendly but for short visits only. Mostly due to being medical offices; patients might not be very happy to see pets in a medical setting. I’ve always worked with people who are big time animal lovers like me though.

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day February 21, 2011, 3:08 pm

    My office is very dog friendly and for the most part, I love it. The dogs are friendly and its great to get up once and while and play with them. But, thing can be a bit too relaxed and I once had a dog poop all under my desk while I was in the middle of something important. Not a fun day at all!

  • Kara February 21, 2011, 3:10 pm

    I would love to work in a pet friendly office, but I have never! Some days I wish my husband did so I could send the dog to work with him πŸ™‚

  • Debra February 21, 2011, 3:14 pm

    Gotta ask- what kind of balsamic dressing do you use? It looks so yummy!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 8:28 pm

      Mazetti Simply Dressed. It’s REALLY good. Next to the salads!

  • Krista (kristastes) February 21, 2011, 3:15 pm

    Your James pictures seriously just made my day! I love them/him! I work in a high security, government-related job and there is an absolutely no pets policy (we need to swipe ID just to get through the gate). I once applied to a random Urban Outfitters job just for the hell of it because you can bring your dogs to work there πŸ™‚

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write February 21, 2011, 3:16 pm

    My hubby works at Petco Corporate Headquarters, so they have nearly every kind of animal you can imagine there every single day. It’s funny to go to this big corporate building and see/hear all these different animals. Many of the employees have a special place for rescuing pit bulls and so you find tons of these dogs there happy as larks to hang out with their mom or dad in his or her cubicle. I call hubby all the time and he’ll say things like, “I’m babysitting so and so’s dog today while she’s in a meeting.” I’m like JEALOUS! :p

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 8:27 pm

      OHHHHH MEEEE GEEEE I want to work at Petco Corp!

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life February 21, 2011, 3:17 pm

    I love the pictures of James! I work around food so we’re definitely not pet friendly. If I could bring the bear to work I totally would. Her fuzzy face makes everything better.
    I wish it was sunny here! Ok, it’s sunny, but it’s freezing.

  • Stephanie February 21, 2011, 3:17 pm

    It’s so crazy because when I went all raw and had smoothies and salad every single day…I couldn’t wait to cook and explore again. Now that I’m back to eating normal, my body has naturally started craving the smoothies and salads. So smoothie for breakfast it was! πŸ™‚

  • Ramona February 21, 2011, 3:20 pm

    What a cute post! James looks like a model employee! I love dogs, but would not want to work in a place where everyone can bring pets to work. Some people are terrified of animals (and/or have allergies) and not all pet owners train their animals. I think my dog would be great at office work, though. πŸ˜‰

  • Erin February 21, 2011, 3:20 pm

    Hah, today I posted this on Facebook: “When I start my business we will have naptimes at 10am and 2pm, dogs will be welcome in your workspace and we will ban coffee and vending machines for healthy snacks and smoothies”

    So, no my office is not dog friendly :p I sure wish it was! Aaah, just something to motivate me I suppose πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 8:27 pm

      Can I work at your office too?

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles February 21, 2011, 3:20 pm

    Aw, look at James! Too cute.
    I really like No Meat Athlete’s idea of a smoothie and salad every day. That’s definitely a good way to get fruits/veggies + all those nutrients!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 21, 2011, 3:21 pm

    What an eventful day for James! I don’t have a pet but if I did, I’m not sure I’d bring it to work. I don’t know if anyone ever has brought a pet into the office but there certainly have been kids, and pets are just like small children, right!? πŸ˜‰

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 8:25 pm

      With lots of fur!

  • Heather February 21, 2011, 3:22 pm

    Lol, those pics are too cute! I would bring my pup to work in a heartbeat if I could, but no dice.

  • Johanna B February 21, 2011, 3:27 pm

    I work in a hospital and there are definitely no pets. I have a cat and he would not be happy being drug away from his favorite windows so no, I wouldn’t bring him even if I could.

  • jen @ taste life February 21, 2011, 3:31 pm

    I would love a pet-friendly office!

    I’m visiting Florida, so it’s soooo sunny and warm, but at home in North Carolina I’m not sure how the weather is. Not as warm as it is here!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans February 21, 2011, 3:40 pm

    I wish my office was pet friendly! That would be such a huge perk and I know Barkley would love all the attention.

  • Juli D. February 21, 2011, 3:40 pm

    I wish! Ours is not, since I’m in the conservative accounting industry. But I guarantee people would be happier (I know I am) if they could rub his big head and big belly when they were having a bad day. Maybe someday!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 21, 2011, 3:46 pm

    Since we work at home, it is definitely pet friendly! Our cats follow us everywhere during the day! It is very over cast here. At least it feels good outside.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing February 21, 2011, 3:49 pm

    I’m on weight watchers and they encourage members to meet the good health guidelines every day (certain number of fruits/veggies, dairy, healthy oils) and I’ve found that the easiest way to get them in is a smoothie. Fruit, spinach, milk, tsp canola oil….yum!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 21, 2011, 3:51 pm

    That is so awesome that you could take your puppy to GOTR!

  • Erin February 21, 2011, 3:52 pm

    Those photos of James are cracking me up!

    I wish my office was pet friendly. Of course, we’re currently without a dog but some of my past pups would have made great office companions.

  • Jayce February 21, 2011, 3:52 pm

    I am super allergic to dogs (and cats), so every time I hear about this “dog-friendly” stuff I am amazed. I would hate to work with pets around! Thankfully, I work in a hospital, so definitely no pets there.

  • Beth @ 990 Square February 21, 2011, 3:53 pm

    We’re getting ready for snow overnight in Baltimore! What a difference!

  • Nicole (I have trouble with forward motion) February 21, 2011, 3:56 pm

    My office used to allow people to bring in pets to visit (lots of dog show people there for some reason), but they did away with it not long ago. Working at home though, I get to spend ample time with my fur babies (cats). I think it’s even helped the anxiety-ridden one with some of his litterbox issues.

    Although, if I took Arwen in, she’d find some hole to get lost in and would prolly end up in the walls. Ben would be too afraid to go anywhere, so he’d just curl up under the desk.

  • Nicole (I have trouble with forward motion) February 21, 2011, 3:57 pm

    And I love how the photos make James look so well-behaved! LOL. How do you get a dog to sit still?

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 8:24 pm

      I just tell him to stay and he does! James is really good. Maggie would never do that.

  • Carol February 21, 2011, 4:05 pm

    Loved the pics of James hard at work:) I wish I could bring my pups to work. I teach 6th grade language arts and know some of my students would love to hang out with my pups all day:)

    Smoothies and salads scream summer! I eat tons of salad as is…not a huge smoothie fan, but I do enjoy mixing fresh fruit into my Greek yogurt…kinda like a smoothie!

  • Kelly February 21, 2011, 4:09 pm

    I would absolutely love it if I could take Rascal to work. That will never happen in my current line of work. He would be so good too! He just needs an office chair beside mine so he feels close to me.

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 8:23 pm

      Rascal could do tricks for everyone! I love him.

  • Amanda February 21, 2011, 4:14 pm

    I work in a pet-friendly office. I’ve been bringing Reddick here since the first day we adopted him. It’s great to spend all day with him, but training a puppy and trying to work at the same time is difficult. In fact, he’s staring at me right now with that “it’s time to go home” face.

  • LindseyAnn February 21, 2011, 4:23 pm

    I interviewed and was hired on the spot today at a really neat running store, and sitting in on the interview was the owner’s puppy. So, I think the place is pet friendly, or at least it was today! πŸ˜€
    It felt like spring here last week, but now it’s 21 degrees and we have a Winter Weather Advisory (which I think is the silliest name ever. It’s February. Any weather we have is going to be winter weather because it IS winter! Duh.) It is a little sunny though, so that helps. πŸ™‚

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 21, 2011, 4:23 pm

    I just want to say that I am so thankful you posted about GOTR last fall. Seeing you involved in it made me research it in my area and I am now a co-coach at a site in Jacksonville, FL. πŸ˜€ We’ve only had two sessions (we only meet once a week on Saturday’s but for 2 hours), but I LOVE my girls and I am having so much fun! πŸ˜€

    I agree with you on the salads. This weather is perfect salad weather and I can’t have enough of it! πŸ˜€

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 8:21 pm

      I am so glad you’ve been volunteering with GOTR. It’s so much fun!

  • Clare February 21, 2011, 4:30 pm

    James is so stinking cute.

  • Ashley February 21, 2011, 4:30 pm

    Aww James is so cute! I go to college, but I would love to work at a pet friendly office some day. Your lunch looks so good.

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic February 21, 2011, 4:41 pm

    aww, James is too cute! My office is NOT pet-friendly. It’s a brand new multi-million dollar building and they keep it sterile as a medical office, I swear! I wish I could bring Rocky, he would just love to curl up and nap all afternoon!

  • Cheilsea February 21, 2011, 4:48 pm

    I helped out with GOTR in Vermont while I was in college. I absolutely loved everything about it!!

  • Jill Will Run February 21, 2011, 4:51 pm

    I telecommute, so my office is dog-friendly! πŸ™‚

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 21, 2011, 5:05 pm

    Thanks for all the info about eating disorders- especially binge eating disorder!

  • erica February 21, 2011, 5:09 pm

    i’m not sure if the building my office is “officially” pet friendly but i bring my dog to work everyday. πŸ™‚ everyone on my floor loves him πŸ™‚

  • erica February 21, 2011, 5:15 pm

    our office lease agreement has no mention as to the building being or not being pet friendly…but i bring my dog to work with me everyday! πŸ™‚

    • erica February 21, 2011, 5:16 pm

      oops. i didn’t see my other comment so i posted again. ;/

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef February 21, 2011, 5:16 pm

    i’m jealous of your sun- it’s raining and cold today. πŸ™ my husband had to bring me a new pair of jeans & my rainboats to me at lunch today because i got soaking wet walking from class to class….boo but sweet husband!

  • Melissa February 21, 2011, 5:21 pm

    A smoothie every day. YUMMY! This is something I may have to do. πŸ™‚

  • Baking 'n' Books February 21, 2011, 5:43 pm

    That is quite possibly the cutest picture ever.

    And now I want your dog.

  • Kristina @ spabettie February 21, 2011, 5:44 pm

    I crave salads and cold drinks in the spring and summer too… Mmm, nothing better than a lovely refreshing juice!

    my last clinic shouldn’t have really been dog friendly, but the main doc / owner had animals that would sometimes show up – he had a dachshund and one day it came running into my office! (of course you have to know I LOVED that!!)

    I brought Basil in a couple times when I knew I wasn’t going to be in all day, and he growled at the main doc. that was his last visit πŸ™‚

  • Katie @ peacebeme February 21, 2011, 5:45 pm

    I would absolutely bring my dog to work if I could!

  • Eloise February 21, 2011, 5:56 pm

    I’ve been trying to do a smoothie a day thing for a while now, but I have also been trying to incorporate a salad a day after reading No Meat Athletes blog. Last week I had a bit of trouble with the salads though because I was eating them for lunch and then running in the evening, the raw veggies were still in my stomach and I was getting really sick after my workouts. A friend of mine who is a runner also told me that she can’t eat a lot of veggies even a few hours before running or she gets sick. So now I know that on days when I’m not running until later in the day I better eat a peanut butter sandwich or something for lunch and salad for dinner!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 8:20 pm

      Yea! Salads can be very fibery so it makes sense to skip a day or make a small salad instead!

  • Mellissa February 21, 2011, 5:58 pm

    I so want to bring Clifford to work with me, he would be more productive than some of my coworkers!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 8:12 pm

      Baw haha.

  • Lee February 21, 2011, 6:31 pm

    My office is not dog friendly. If it was, my dog would probably get into trouble if I brought him. He likes to explore.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 21, 2011, 6:59 pm

    How cute you got to bring your pup along with you! Glad he got some work done. πŸ˜‰

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad February 21, 2011, 6:59 pm

    Looks like James had a busy day! I would love to bring Hawk to work with me. That would make work bearable!

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun February 21, 2011, 7:09 pm

    I’ve never even heard of pet-friendly offices before. I hope I get to work at one when I get older! πŸ˜‰

  • Jenny S. February 21, 2011, 7:16 pm

    I like the idea of a salad and a smoothie every day as well. And, glad to hear it’s sunny where you are. We got 19 inches of snow yesterday and today. With more on the way Thursday. I often wonder why I’m in MN….!

  • sarah February 21, 2011, 7:21 pm

    haha…it’s not really sunny today…we got 19 inches of snow!!

  • Jess February 21, 2011, 7:33 pm

    What type of balsamic is that? Looks sort of creamy! Salads are a fave of mine!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 8:12 pm

      Mazetti Simply Dressed – mmm!

  • Stacie February 21, 2011, 7:46 pm

    Considering I work at a gym, we don’t exactly welcome pets, but we have had several people bring in seeing eye dogs for training and if a co-worker or member get s new puppy we encourage them to drop by!

  • Nicole February 21, 2011, 7:50 pm

    Very cute. Maybe you should start hiring james out.

  • Cara February 21, 2011, 7:56 pm

    That lunch looks like my ideal lunch! I also wish I saw that sign around here, its snowy AGAIN..

  • gina (fitnessista) February 21, 2011, 8:42 pm

    maybe i’m just a little tired and slap happy, but the photos of james made me crack up. hilare.
    hope you’re having a great night <3

  • Amber K February 21, 2011, 8:51 pm

    Definitely not pet friendly. Working in a childcare though, I wouldn’t want to bring a pet anyway. Kids are germy πŸ˜‰

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 21, 2011, 9:01 pm

    I love salads and smoothies, but I feel like I would be limiting myself too much if I had them everyday. I like variety too much!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 21, 2011, 9:10 pm

    My office is a fifth grade classroom, so unfortunately, it’s not pet friendly! lucky for Charlie, his daddy gets to bring furbabies with!

  • Maren February 21, 2011, 9:55 pm

    Wer pet-friendly at my office! We have a three-legged cat (he had cancer) and a dog who has one leg that doesnt work (she was hit by a car). We get lots of questions about them! They are so fun to have around!

  • Stephanie C February 21, 2011, 10:10 pm

    What a cute post.. my favourite so far πŸ˜‰
    When I did have a job (I am a student now), I brought my dog in once or twice. I worked for a chiropractor who LOVED dogs and also adjusted them. I would have brought my dog in more often, but she isn’t good with other dogs and gets bored easily.
    My husband, on the other hand, just had his co-workers ask him if he can bring our dog in again. They said she is a trouble maker, just like them πŸ˜‰ My husband has his own office area, so she can play in there and roam around his office building.
    I wish more places did this – dogs really bring joy to a lot of people!

  • Fit Chick Britt February 21, 2011, 10:38 pm

    Those pics are too cute! I wish I could take my dog to work, I actually always say she’d be a good mascot for the office.

  • Mac February 21, 2011, 11:20 pm

    Definitely not warm here… we just got pounded with 10 inches of snow! Yuck!

  • Lindsey February 22, 2011, 12:35 am

    What a cute doggie! I would bring my JRT everywhere with me if I could! I thing I’m going to come over and eat your salads…hmm.

  • MIRANDA February 22, 2011, 12:36 am

    Love it! James is like a little person! How cute!

  • Jess @ NZ Girl Runs February 22, 2011, 7:19 am

    I work in retail, so I’m not allowed to bring my pets to work, 3 cats!

    BTW, my cat, Pixie, is a feline Maggie. She is a little fatty and she is sooooo lazy. She will cuddle up next to me all night and in the morning she wakes up and cries and cries because she is hungry but she won’t move off my bed. I have to carry her to her bowl every morning. Then she comes and cuddles for the rest of the day (if I am home) or sleeps in the sun. Just like you love Maggie, I love her, and still think she is the cutest cat in the world!

  • Juani February 22, 2011, 8:10 am

    We’ve got an office cat, Matty.She lives in our office building,and spends her days sleeping on my desk.I must say,it makes work soooo much better,almost like I’m working from home (I’ve got 3 cats of my own).Whenever I get stressed,I just pet her lovely long fur for a while,and I end up feeling better.

  • lauren February 22, 2011, 8:31 am

    I would bring my dogs to work if i could. Unfortunately, I have a co-worker who is allergic. πŸ™

  • February 22, 2011, 4:41 pm

    Oh I wish I could bring my pup to work with me. It would make schedules a lot easier and plus she would get more exercise since I’d be able to walk her at lunch. She would make a great office mascot.

    Maybe I should run this by my boss. Can’t hurt, right?

    • Caitlin February 22, 2011, 5:37 pm

      I talked my old boss into letting me bring in Maggie!

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