Angling for a Corner Office . . . Er, Doghouse

The above cartoon came out of one of my writing tricks: Insert an animal into a standard human situation and see what happens.

Sure, drawing a dog in a meeting is fun, and the joke is fine, but for me the real joy in a cartoon like this is digging deeper after the first reading.

What business are they in that the dog made such a difference? Is the dog happy with simple praise, or is he angling for a corner doghouse? Does the dog even understand what’s going on, or was he simply in the right place at the right time? A cartoon like this suggests all sorts of possibilities.

I’d love to know what you think. Any backstories you’d care to share about this cartoon? Leave a comment and let your imagination run wild!

Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,