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Is Your Pet Unemployed? Here are Some Ideas to Get Him Off the Couch

August 25, 2016
Typical hard-working cat

Typical hard-working cat

Is your pet dependent on you for all his needs, without lifting a finger, or should I say paw or hoof, to help? Here are a few New Yorkers of the furry four-legged variety who can teach your lazy, good-for-nothing pet a thing or two about the importance of good, hard work.

Happen to have a goat around? Well if you do, perhaps he can send his resume to the Prospect Park Alliance where they have already hired eight goats from upstate to come down to the city and eat up some of the more annoying and invasive plant species that seem to grow like weeds in the park’s Vale of Cashmere. For a lovely sum of $15,000 the goats have rented out their services to devour goutweed and poison ivy. Although I always thought only ‘little lambs eat ivy,” these goats are so good at what they do that they had to be laid off temporarily in June “due to their voracity.”

What, you don’t have a goat? Well perhaps you have a border collie. If so your collie might like to join the “Geese Chasers.” This group of border collies has hired themselves out to the Hudson River Park to “clear the park of geese.” These dogs are so good at what they do that just the site of them scares the feathers off the geese, and they take off, no questions asked. The hours aren’t bad either; The Geese Chasers’ handlers bring them out to the park three times a day.

There are goat people, dog people, and then there are those who somehow manage to put up with cats. You might think a cat could never be persuaded to actually work to earn their keep, but if you thought that, you would be wrong. Cats are making their own special niche in the workforce at cat cafés around town. At Little Lions in SoHo and Meow Parlour on the Lower East Side, cats are employed to hang with the humans, and in some cases the humans can adopt and take an especially adorable cat home. At the Brooklyn Cat Café the cats charge by the half-hour, at Little Lions the entry fee is $11, and at Koneko’s Cattery it costs $15 to enter the premises.

Falcons, sheep and other animals have found their way into the workforce, so why not your pet, too? Get him off the couch and out to work, it will be good for both of you!


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