They're not fun Planets! But having them in Leo helps me have fun in spite of them. (Mercury is Traditionally either a Benefic or a Malefic, depending on the situation.) I seem to relate to Pluto as a Benefic, maybe because of all that Pisces/Water and Aquarius/Fixed in my 6 most personals--Sun, Moon, Asc, Mercury, Venus, and Mars; that, and Jupiter in Scorpio in H9. Glad I have SOME Leo in my Chart, even if is those two wet blankets, Pluto and Saturn!
I consider Pluto same as Mercury--it can go either way. Also, I perceive Pluto and Saturn as enemies to each other: Pluto can grant immortality through rebirth, and Saturn is about the ending of life with no possibility of rebirth. Strange combination--seems to up my survival quotient. Doubt that it accounts for my good animal-relationship though!
Well, I have Venus in H12, and I'm pretty much opposite with what you said, about the work-place. But I bond with animals extremely well, so that's not opposite. I have Saturn and Pluto in Leo in H6, so it can get pretty grim in there! Glad to hear your version of it!