Every Dog’s Got Hair on It


A wise friend once told me that every job is like a dog — they’ve all got hair. In his metaphor the hair is stuff you won’t like, can’t stand or even condemn ethically or morally. This is a big boy lesson I’ve learned in my career.

I once worked somewhere like this:


I also worked somewhere like this


Even a place like this:


I haven’t ever posted about my actual job for various reasons, but today I do it to be real with you. I’ve been at Vitals longer than any other organization thus far. I can tell you, it ain’t because we’re one of these:


We’ve got hair. It’d be ignorant, naive or dishonest for me to say otherwise. So why have I endured the disappointments, scares, stresses, anxieties, etc longer than anywhere else? Simple, because I’ve see that Vitals is not a bad dog…


I’ve seen enough to know Vitals is a good dog


A good dog organization:

  • Doesn’t do shady crap…repeatedly i.e. learns from mistakes
  • Expects me to grow and cares enough to find new ways for me to bring value
  • Constantly pushes decision making down to the level of competency and works hard to provide clarity of objective
  • Has an important purpose beyond just making money
  • Sees happiness, joy, and fulfillment as crucial markers of success, not nice-to-haves

For me Vitals has been a good dog. I’ve stomached the shedding and the dander, I’ve apologized to my friends for the barking and I’ve patiently dealt with it when it pee’ed in my bed.

How long will I keep this dog? Well, that depends. Good dogs can go bad.


Resist the temptation to call a hairy dog a bad dog. For those of you like me who are part of the crop of employees with an ever decreasing tenure, consider this:

Every job is a dog; they all have hair on them — pick a good dog and stick with it.


Jason is a developer, Scrum Master, writer, teacher, coach, husband, father, and community leader out of Tulsa Oklahoma. He's been delivering software since 2007 and absolutely loves the values and principles of agility especially as given form by the Scrum framework.