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Take your dog to work day was created by pet-sitting industry pioneer and author of Pet Sitting for Profit Patti J. Moran. Pet Sitters International is the world’s largest most-trusted educational association for professional pet sitters. The day was created to encourage businesses to allow dogs in the workplace for one Friday each summer to celebrate the great companions dogs make. It started back in 1999 and has continued with participation now in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand and the U.K. Read more about the history here.
It promotes adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies. Pet Sitters International (PSI) believes that through the event, dog-less co-workers will be encouraged to adopt when they witness the human-animal bond. The week leading up to Take Your Dog To Work Day is Take Your Pet To Work Week. Take Your Dog To Work Day and Take Your Pet To Work Week are registered trademarks of Pet Sitters International, Inc.
If you do decide to take your beloved pooch to work do check with management that it is acceptable. It may be an idea to also check if anyone is allergic, afraid or opposed to your dog being at work on this special day. It’s officially 23rd June 2017 this year. a few other tips include:
- Puppy-proof your work space.
- Prepare a doggy bag.
- Plan for feeding times and poop areas!
- Do not force interaction from co-workers who show no interest. Be respectful.
- Plan an exit strategy should the day not go as planned e.g. call a friend to rescue Fido!
We’d love to hear your stories on this wonderful celebration of take your pet to work day. Feel free to post your comments below and all pictures of your pets would be a delightful welcome on our Facebook Page.
One such pet that is always at work is Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat. Not quite a dog, but this remarkable cat is now six years old and quite celebrity at TransPennine Express at Huddersfield Railway Station in West Yorkshire, UK. Born 17 May 2011, he was brought to the station as a small kitten from a loving family but always wanted to be an independent working cat. Felix’s colleagues at the station thought he was a boy and named him Felix. However a trip to the vet confirmed he is in fact a little girl! Irrespective the name stuck with Felix.