May is National Pet Month, and we wanted to do something that recognizes the impact our pet family makes on the lives of our Northside Hospital family members and also showcase their contributions to the work/life balance we strive for at Northside. We hope you enjoy seeing and reading tales from employees such as Neal, a recruiter at Northside Hospital. Each of them is genuine and heartfelt, and give you a glimpse into the kind of people who are behind our growing health care system.
Neal’s story: “My wife, Jessica Partadiharja, and I both are employees of Northside. When we first moved into our home, we decided to browse the animal shelter to look at dogs one Saturday afternoon.
Not once did we think we would actually become Dog Parents when we decided to make this trip. As we looked at all the dogs and how energetic they all were, we noticed this one puppy who was just standing there looking around at everyone and not barking at anyone or really doing anything, for that matter.
She was shy and calm and that is exactly what we liked about her and that is why she caught our eye. We spent some time with her and walked her around the shelter and little did we know that we were falling in love with her as we spent more and more time with her.
We decided to go home because we did not think we could be dog owners considering we just moved into our home and we had a lot of other things to worry about at the time. The more we discussed the idea of owning a dog, the more we realized how sad we were that we did not take her home with us that day.
The next weekend we went back to the rescue, specifically planning to adopt her. The shelter owners looked at us with concerned faces and at that moment I thought she had already been adopted. They said didn’t bring her to the shelter that weekend because they didn’t think anyone would adopt her.
We asked that they bring her in and said that we were positive we would adopt her and provide her with a loving home. A few hours later they brought her to us and we have loved her ever since.
We now wonder how we ever lived without our little Lois J!”