Today, many workplaces participated in the 13th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day. Going strong since 1999, this program is gaining in popularity. This was first started in Great Britain in 1996 and later caught on the the United States.
There are over 75 million dogs living in U.S. households. It has been proven that when workers bring their dogs to work with them, there is heightened morale, increased productivity and extra sales. It's only one day but one day can really make a difference with dog owners.
Here are some interesting statistics:
- 1 in 5 workplaces have a dog-friendly work environment
- Over 44 million households own dogs
- There are lower employee absenteeism rates in pet-friendly workplaces
Taking Cookie, Gigi and Homer To Work
Since I had a break between dog walks today, I took Cookie, Gigi and Homer to the park with a couple of friends to go on a longer walk than usual. Even though I walk them multiple times a day, it's much easier walking three dogs with more people.
Deciding to give them some extra exercise, we took them for a long walk in a dog-friendly park. We were even able to run them a little bit in an open, grassy area. Suffice it to say, Cookie got some additional exercise without aggravating her injury. Homer and Gigi also got a good workout and stayed more calm throughout the day. All of the dogs even got to say hello to a friendly puppy exploring the park and are now resting comfortably.
Now, I'll take Gigi and Homer for a night walk so they make the most of the day.
Let's Discuss!Did you bring your dog into work today? How was the experience for you?
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