Most of us have heard the expression "working like a dog...” and many times we feel that way! Military dogs, K-9 dogs, hunting and herding dogs … they all have jobs to do, and when they get into that work mode, their noses, ears, eyes, and legs just don't quit! Sometimes we humans are that way as well – can't shut off our brains and bodies long enough to relax. Well, on Friday, you and your dog can share that work load together – Friday, June 26, 2015 is “Take Your Dog to Work” Day!
Sponsored by Pet Sitters, International, this fun “special day” promotes the joy of canine companionship and also pet adoption. It was first celebrated in 1999.
Several companies encourage their workers to bring their dogs to the job. According to FastCompany.com, some of those businesses include Google, Etsy, Amazon, and Bark & Co (I'd be horrified if a pet supply company wouldn't allow pets at their business!)
My husband often has our dog Mary at the business with him – his office is located in the downstairs of our home, and my husband often works from there. Mary loves to hang out with him as he creates DVDs and other products!
When I worked as editor of the West Yellowstone News, my cocker spaniel, Sam, often came to the office with me, especially on the longer production days. He would lie on the rug underneath my desk in winter or on the cool, cement floor during the summer months, providing companionship during those long, difficult hours of putting the paper together (this was in the days before page layout programs on computers). Then, at midnight or 1 am when I'd leave the office, he'd plod alongside me as we walked the few blocks from the newspaper's office to the little house I rented, and we'd share popcorn or potato chips on the couch as I “wound down” from the 18- 20 hour ordeal.
Today, as I write articles freelance in my home office/sun room, I'm often surrounded by my pets, either the cats, the dogs, or both -- they all enjoy lying on pet beds or on the rug near my desk basking in the sunlight filtering through the room's many windows. There's just something comforting about one's pet lying at your feet (or at least somewhere nearby), and that “something” stimulates creativity, generates joy, and makes work less stressful.
Scientists have noted the physical and emotional benefits of having pets. Experts show that the simple act of petting a dog or cat lowers blood pressure, and the kind gestures they give, such as a dog head on a human knee, brings smiles to our faces.
So talk to the boss and see if this Friday can be “Take Your Dog to Work Day” at your company/office – having your furry friend there just might brighten everyone's day at the office and make it a more pleasant place to be this Friday!
Find out more about Take Your Dog to Work Day at the organization's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/takeyourdog.
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.