Yep, there’s a day for that….June 24th is Take Your Dog To Work Day. From the day Raja joined our family, he came to work at the studio with us. His presence was invaluable in many ways.
Once I was recording a band in a Hollywood recording studio. After hours of trying to record a good performance on a song, the drummer became very frustrated and accompanied by much cursing, flung his drumsticks across the studio. He then sat behind his drum set silently steaming, angry he could not get the performance he needed. As the producer, it is my job to get the best performance out of artists and to defuse situations like this, which do arise from time to time. Creative artists can be shall we say, more than a little emotional at times. What to say in such a delicate situation? Without a word to the drummer, I got up and let Raja out into the recording studio from the control room. Raja proceeded to trot over to the drummer and plop his head on his lap, where he looked up at him with those big brown Retriever eyes, while wagging his tail in sweeping friendly arcs.
The drummer laughed and petted Raja’s head as he said, “Okay, I’m an idiot.”
It defused the tension immediately and he got the track in the next take. Raja always has a way of sensing just the right thing to do at the right time. This is what made him so valuable in the studio.
Our current Golden Retriever, Kona comes to work with us everyday, so it’s nothing new for him, but it may be an eye opening experience for others. It doesn’t hurt that Kona is a registered therapy dog either; he knows all the ins and outs of working. Having a well behaved dog around the office can do some of the following:
- reduce stress
- lower your blood pressure
- ease anxiety
- enhance communication
- improve motivation
We know having Kona around makes the long hours in the studio go by with lots of smiles, besides who doesn’t love to take a break and throw a frisbee around? And Kona is one of the coolest producers we know.