@DogsWorkingFromHome made its first post during the onset of the coronavirus crisis, and already has hundreds of submissions
An errant ear appearing in the bottom right corner of the screen. A blur of fur flashing in the background, followed by a crash. The chance to check out our colleagues pets during video conferences can be a voyeuristic joy for workers stuck at home during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
It took Mark Polchleb, a brand manager from Melbourne, just one day to realise that experience deserved its own home online. I just took advantage of the fact that my dogs are at my feet. I thought we all need a bit of happiness in our lives right now.
That bit of happiness became @DogsWorkingFromHome, an Instagram account dedicated to the pets that both enliven and complicate working remotely. I think weve all experienced trying to type on the keyboard with the dog edging its head into your hands, he says.
Polchleb is no stranger to Instagramming his pets. The dachshunds he co-parents with his husband, Billie and Ollie, had already amassed a few thousand followers. Theyre used to this fame world and so now theyre creating a community of friends, Polchleb says.