- Ireland’s president has so much love for dogs that he brings them at work
- Bernese mountain dogs Bród and Síoda also love to accompany their master and their sociable personality often steals public attention
Who says bringing your furry friends at work is inconvenient? No other than the president of Ireland is the epitome of the saying that dogs are man’s best friend.
Ireland’s president Michael D Higgins doesn’t leave his dogs at home. Instead, he brings his dogs with him at work in his presidential residence or even abroad.
Bród and Síoda are Bernese Mountain dogs which, according to him, are by nature a very sociable breed and safe around children. Indeed, these two animals love meeting other people and most of the time steal the spotlight.
In fact, people who visit Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence and workplace of the president, make sure they get a glimpse of his furry friends before they leave.
Bród’s name means “pride”. He is considered as the attention seeker and would love to be photographed. On the other hand, Síoda means “silk”. She is quite the sophisticated type. The president has had dogs all his li
fe and originally had three of them. However, the third one had health problems and was not able to survive.
In return, it is also evident in photos on the internet how his dogs love him. The gentle giants always make sure that they cling to his side and snuggle whenever they have the opportunity to do so
Studies show that bringing dogs at work can lessen stress levels, provide a mood booster, promote productivity and so much more. But for the 77-year-old official, as shared with Irish Times, “The dogs are not merely ice-breakers, they’re also a great source of wisdom.”
Michael Higgins was elected president in 2011 and is now on his second term. He is also a writer and a poet. He is considered a national treasure and the most admired leader in Ireland.