Take Your Dog to Work Day is finally here again!
For one day a year, man's best friend becomes man's best co-worker.
Friday marks the 17th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. In many ways it is similar to Take Your Child to Work Day with frequent bathroom trips, walks around the halls to burn energy and a total appreciation for not being left behind.
According to its website, Pet Sitters International created Take Your Dog to Work Day in 1999 "to celebrate the great companions dogs make and encourage their adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies." The occasion is always celebrated the Friday after Father's Day.
Some lucky offices are not confined to one fun, furry day per year. Pet-friendly offices have become a fad that is hopefully here to stay. Google worked their love of dogs into their code of conduct, stating "affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture." Sadly, cats are not welcomed because they are worried they won't mesh well with the dogs.
Amazon's pup policy began with a corgi named Rufus who, according to the online retailer's website, accompanied the website's former editor-in-chief and principal engineer to the office every day. He received gifts from Amazon customers around the word and became a minor celebrity. Even though he died in 2009, the memory of "Amazon's shortest volunteer worker" lives on through a dog friendly culture.
Countless others, including Ben & Jerry's and Etsy, now allow employees to be accompanied by their four-legged friends. Many cite how animals in the office de-stress workers and create a more casual environment.
To the cat lovers who feel left out ... do not worry! Pet Sitters International declared the entire week leading up to Take Your Dog to Work Day as Take Your Pet To Work Week.