In Honor of Take Your Dog to Work Day, Meet Foxtrot!
To mark this year’s Take Your Dog to Work Day, we’re sharing the story of Foxtrot – the most famous humanitarian pup in the world. For him, every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day, and he couldn’t be happier about it.
Hi! My name is Foxtrot, and I’m a pup with a very important job. I help the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) save lives in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, home to the world’s largest refugee camp.
The people here are Rohingya refugees who had to flee their homes in Myanmar because of violence in 2017. My colleagues support them by making sure they have dinner on the table every night, keeping the camps as safe as possible from natural disasters, and making sure children get a nutritious start in life.
You may wonder what a pup like me could possibly do to help in an immense operation like this. Well, we all have skills to give back to the world and it turns out mine are quite useful.
One of the jobs I like the most is making sure no one gets too stressed out. Working in an emergency can take a lot out of a person, so if I see someone who needs some stress relief, I run up to them with a toy in my mouth and push my head against their leg. That’s my way of asking them for a pat or to play a game with me. Humans are actually pretty simple creatures, and it’s amazing how well this works in relieving any tension.
I’m also a one-dog cheer team and mascot for the U.N. World Food Programme. You can often find me visiting my colleagues in the camps to make sure their work is coming along smoothly.
I help the kids to laugh and play. The kids in the camps attend learning centers each day, where we give them high-energy biscuits to help them focus. When I visit they all think it’s loads of fun. A lot of them are scared of dogs like me, but after a few minutes they realize I’m super-friendly and they’re eager to feed me treats.
My most important job though? Reminding the world about the Rohingya people. I use Instagram to tell the world the story of the Rohingya and the response to this crisis. They’ve been here for more than three years and it’s easy for people to forget that there are nearly 900,000 people living in a congested refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar.
So I use my boyish good looks, infectious smile and charming personality to capture the attention of people from all over the world and tell them about something important.
Some people have asked why a pup like me would want to work as a humanitarian and help the Rohingya instead of just chasing my tail all day. Although I do enjoy chasing my tail, I also know what it’s like to have no one.
When I was a puppy I lost my mum. I was all alone in the world with no one to turn to. I saw some U.N. World Food Programme staff and started following them because I just knew in my bones they would help me. They did. They picked me up, gave me some food (they were very on-message), and searched high and low for my mum with no success. At the end of the day, they took me to their office and said it could be my new home.
When I learned about the Rohingya, I remembered the dark time in my life when I had no one to turn to. I remembered how the United Nations World Food Programme stepped in to help me. That made me so sure that I wanted to help them in return, so I asked for a job.
They say dogs with jobs are the happiest and that is definitely true for me. I love that I get to spend my days surrounded by colleagues I love and who love me back. I love the camera, and I know how to pose in a way that makes my colleagues laugh. But most of all, I love seeing the difference we’re making in peoples lives each and every day. For me, every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Here at World Food Program USA, we’ve been working from home since March 13th, so every day has been Take Your Dog to Work Day. We’re keeping our distance from each other so we can slow the spread of the coronavirus in our own towns, thereby slowing the spread to other parts of world where millions of vulnerable people face increased risks.
Each of our pups has since earned the humanitarian title for providing some much-needed humor and nose boops during this unprecedented global moment. Say hello to some of our four-legged colleagues: