Why My Dog Should Be Counted in the Labor Force

by Shawna Sykes

October 11, 2021

You might think this is a silly topic and I would tend to agree, but hear me out, my dog really should be counted in the labor force.

My dog, Luna, is 11 human years old but in dog years about 77 years old, so she meets the age 16 and over criteria. She is not in the military but instead a civilian living and working in Columbia County, Oregon. She is currently working but always looking for additional work.

Luna has a number of job duties but her primary employment is as a private sector security guard. She patrols our property, alerting us to human, animal, and other-worldly intruders (both on land and in the air), guards the property from delivery trucks and UFOs, screens visitors who dare to enter the house, and serves as body guard on our walks and travels. She is a caregiver, providing companionship to her humans as well as her 17-year-old blind feline sister, Dixie. Luna is a pest control specialist, chasing and eliminating rodents (including squirrels, chipmunks, moles, mountain beavers, mice, and rats), birds, reptilian invaders (snakes and lizards) and occasionally insects and preventing their intrusion into the household. She also serves as an entertainer, performing tricks on command for a variety of audiences.

She receives payment in the form of housing, meals, transportation, personal hygiene and medical care, love and lots of treats. In her spare time, she helps manually excavate the dirt around the house and ensures that dishes are pre-cleaned before placement into the dishwasher.  

So, in conclusion, I would argue that Luna is a part of the Columbia County labor force working multiple jobs for one employing establishment. Though her average wage is difficult to measure, her value is priceless.

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