BUILDING industry executive Philip Goodman doesn’t need to read the results of recent research to know that having a pet-friendly workplace can alleviate stress. He’s living proof.
Mr Goodman’s pet Maltese terrier Pookie has been the Sorrento resident’s workmate for more than 11 years and the duo make a great team.
“Pookie is a real icebreaker for visitors who are often quite surprised to see her bed and toys next to my desk,” said Mr Goodman who took on the role of development manager at Arundel’s Seachange Village over-50s lifestyle resort late last year.
“She doesn’t wander, has never had an `accident’ in the office and on a personal level is a good distraction and a reason to take a break and give her a walk at lunch time.”
Given Mr Goodman’s attachment to his cute little dog it wasn’t surprising he pushed for Seachange Village, which will eventually contain nearly 400 homes and an expected 700 residents, to be a pet-friendly enclave.
The Animal Welfare League of Queensland has recognised this `trail-blazing’ policy with a special certificate.
AWL president Denise Bradley said people moving from suburban homes into over-50s resorts, retirement villages and gated estates, was one of the biggest reasons for pets being surrendered to its shelter.
“It is very distressing for people to have to give up their pets because they want a change in lifestyle,” she said. “We see then hugging their pets in tears when they bring them in to the shelter.”
Ms Bradley said it was now AWL policy to encourage developers of both low rise and high-rise developments to make their projects pet friendly.
Mr Goodman said pets moving into Seachange Village had to be less than 10 kg, council registered de-sexed.
“We like to meet each pet before permission is given,” he said, adding that exceptions might be made for slightly larger pets on compassionate grounds if they were elderly animals.
Seachange, which recently opened its luxurious multi-million dollar country club, had several dogs, some cats and a parrot already living there.
“Around 30 per cent of our residents have a pet,” he said.
“The whole concept of Seachange is that we are building a community and as far as we are concerned pets are an important part of the community.”