Everybody jokes about the HR lady cat stereotype because, if I’m being honest, I made it okay to joke about that stereotype when I first started blogging about HR.
It’s like Coach purses. I have a bunch — including an awesome, vintage Stewardess bag — but I saw myself mixed in with a group of frumpy women who had a bunch of Coach purses and it scared me.
(I was one clutch away from getting a french manicure. I made fun of it to show that I didn’t take myself too seriously.)
So back to cats: I have a few, and while I laugh about it, I’m pretty sick of hearing other people make fun of HR ladies for having too many cats. First of all, HR ladies have dogs. Lots of them. Little ones. Just ask Robin Schooling, who is America’s HR lady and recently adopted her dog — Mr. Crumples.
(She will tell you that HR ladies don’t scoop litter boxes.)
But it is true that HR ladies, in general, love animals more than people. Can you blame us? People lie about being injured at work. People try to cheat the system and blame the payroll department for not paying alimony, child support, and taxes. People with no ties to 9/11 still call in sick on 9/11.
People suck. People invent drama where none exists. People abuse children and cocaine.
(Animals are better.)
My cat, Roxy, lived in an open-air lot for the first few weeks of her life. She was discovered behind an abandoned washing machine with her younger siblings. She prefers old, dirty water to fresh water because she learned to drink from puddles. And she licks my face and tries to nurse on me because she lost her mother too soon.
You can make fun of me for being a cat lady all day long. But if it weren’t for sweater-vest-loving HR ladies like me, your hard earned tax dollars would be used for corporate welfare AND to euthanize unwanted animals in our society.
I can’t fight corporate corruption, but I can rescue smoochy kittens.
(Once again, HR ladies are bailing your ass out.)
You’re welcome, America!
Beautiful kitty 🙂
I’m not an HR Lady, but Roxy melts even the darkest corners of my cynical heart, and makes me wish I had a bit more room for another rescue.
I may have a Coach purse, and even some Kate Spade glasses, and I may just be the Cardigan Queen of Houston, but I draw the line at french manicures… woman’s got to have a code.
I love this post. Black cats are fabulous! Hi Roxy!
I’ve had 3 cats in my life; some of them living side-by-side with dogs. I love nothing more than a snuggle from a kitty at the end of a hard day. But cats, as we all know, are persnickety, independent, and masters at withholding their affection if they are displeased – or just feel like it.
I think HR ladies prefer dogs (and teeny tiny puppies!) because after a day spent corralling managers, dealing with disgruntled employees, and processing FMLA paperwork it’s comforting to come home and have SOMEONE who not only greets your arrival with unbridled enthusiasm but actually listens and comes when called.
p.s. Mr. Crumples heartily approves of this blog post.
My dog Tucker is an internet celebrity and he doesn’t even know it. So happily count myself as one of the crazy HR pet people….I’m in good company.
Coach is so basic these days. Gotta get the MK.
Coach < MK < Tory Burch < kate spade
Yay for smoochy kittens! Viva la HR lady!
I am a cat-obsessed HR lady and I am OK with that.
I love this article, HR/Cat Lady is how I describe myself!
Keep it coming!
Welcome Roxy! She’s fortunate to have a great home!
I embrace my HR/cat lady status. I also love Zumba. Does that make it worse?
I don’t have a Coach purse yet. I’m saving it as a reward for myself when I reach my goal weight. Hopefully I should be able to buy one by mid-year!