CAREERS: My Big Break

I would never have gotten my current job had it not been for my

dog. Let me explain.

After five years as an internal communications specialist for a mid-size

corporation, I was asked to volunteer within PRSA, which led to work for

a Humane Society fundraiser called the Pug Crawl. The Pug Crawl, like a

traditional Pub Crawl, saw participants walking to several pubs one

Sunday afternoon with their dogs.

On the day of the Pug Crawl - my career turning point - I was introduced

to the Director of Consumer Affairs at KVO Public Relations. The Pug

Crawl became a four-hour, informal job interview, complete with

sunshine, beer, and built-in conversation starters: his Golden

Retriever, Dutchess, and Golden Cocker mix, Arabica, and my Lhasa Apso,

Bailey. Needless to say, there were some awkward moments - four hours is

a long time for a dog to go without squatting, or worse.

Because of my volunteer efforts, I am now a part of what I feel is the

best boutique PR firm in the Northwest (KVO) and the largest PR firm in

the world (Fleishman-Hillard, our parent company).

Greg Perotto is a senior account executive at KVO Public


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