Friday marks the 11th year of Take Your Dog To Work Day. I am, of course, very fortunate that I can take my dogs to work with me whenever, though as odd as it seems (ha!) a veterinary clinic isn’t always the most fun place for a dog to hang out.
I have lots of clients who take their pets to work, and it always surprises me to hear it- why, I don’t know. Most work in small offices or family businesses. I can’t imagine the logistics of dealing with HR and corporate lawyers if one were to try and bring a non-service animal to work on a regular basis at a large company.
Unless you work in a pet-centric business or one where you know everyone well, it seems like it would be a difficult thing to do unless you had a small pet who was really mellow. Get 10 strangers in a room and it’s likely at least one of them will either be allergic or just pretend to be allergic because they don’t like dogs but don’t want to offend someone who will sooner or later be holding a full poop bag.
Though I don’t understand not liking dogs, I have to respect that others just don’t. I mean, I think about how I would react if someone told me they wanted to bring their kid to work every day and I get it a little better. I like kids all right, but it wouldn’t exactly add any emotional satisfaction to my work day to have one running around being “cute” and all of that jazz.
One day, though- that would be fine.
Is anyone planning to take advantage of Take Your Dog to Work Day? Does anyone already take their pet to work on a regular basis? Was that hard to arrange?