“We all need a bit of happiness in our lives right now.”

By Meghan Overdeep
March 20, 2020
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With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus shuttering schools and businesses all over the world and grinding everyday life to a halt, one man managed to find a bit of joy in the new normal.  Relegated to working from home, Mark Polchleb found inspiration in his new colleagues: his two dogs.

At the outset of the coronavirus crisis, Polchleb, a brand manager from Melbourne, Australia, set up an Instagram account, @dogsworkingfromhome, featuring photo submissions of pups from all around the world adjusting to having their homes turned into offices.

“I just took advantage of the fact that my dogs are at my feet,” Polchleb told The Guardian. “I thought ‘we all need a bit of happiness in our lives right now’.”

“I think we’ve all experienced trying to type on the keyboard with the dog edging its head into your hands,” he added.

Polchleb is no stranger to Insta-famous dogs. He also runs an account for his dachshunds, Billie and Ollie.  A callout on their page led to hundreds of submissions in the first day alone.

Want to submit a photo of your furry officemate? Currently, the account only has one rule. “[The dogs] definitely need to be at home,” Polchleb told The Guardian. “Obviously, we’re at a time where we’re encouraging people to stay at home and indoors. We’ve had people submitting dogs at cafes, which is a big ‘no-no’ from me. We want to see those doggos at home with their families where everyone should be staying for now."

“Apart from that,” he added, “as long as they’re cute and can make us smile then we’ll take anything.”