Man’s best friend moonlights as his business partner

By Perrin

A cheeky stray reserves a table at an Istanbul hookah bar.

I embarked on this trip with a few goals. One was to explore “career options and business opportunities.”

As far as the latter goes, I found a cheap labor force largely untapped by the Western world: house pets. PETA, lower the picket signs. The entrepreneurial dogs and cats voluntarily attend markets. Dogs guard vendors’ merchandise and cats attract pet-lovers to the stands, in return for food. Their gourmet diet ranges from pad thai to shrimp to onions – all items that I myself would labor for.

Below are my favorite employees.

This Bangkok mutt barked like a seal when I attempted to photograph a pottery stand in the owner’s absence. It was one of the only times I’ve run from a dog.

Thought you had to dine solo? Not while this Laos hostess is on duty! Just obey the puppy eyes and share your stir fry.

We visited “Cowboy Mama’s” Chiang Mai food cart entirely for the company (and entirely at my request).

Hong Kong’s battery-operated animal squad rampaged an entire department store lobby. They sell themselves, theoretically, but this was the second time I found myself running from a dog.

Many animals leverage a laid-back sales strategy.

This Bangkok mutt begs a closer look.

Two tabbies languidly guard a table of lucky amulets in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Refrigerated cats on Ko Phi Phi attract attention to the refreshments. The cats open the door at whim, but rarely do so, as Southern Thailand is steamy! I envied their abode.

About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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1 Response to Man’s best friend moonlights as his business partner

  1. great post! keep it on!

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