Take Your Dog to Work
What is Take Your Dog To Work Day?
...And the History of the First Annual Take
Your Dog To Work Day.
Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWD) is a campaign by Pet Sitters International,
a non-profit group based in King, North Carolina, intended to encourage people to
adopt dogs from animal shelters and encourage employers to offer benefits that will
help pet owners care for their animals. The first ever Take Your Dog To Work Day
was Friday, June 25, 1999. This designated day gave dog owners the opportunity to
invite their "best friend" into participating workplaces! For more information
on TYDTWD, please visit the Pet
Sitters International website. Look here for a list of dog-friendly
companies that allow dogs on a regular basis!
The 2003 Take Your Dog To Work Day has passed. We look forward to
next year's event! We should have the 2004 date posted by May 2004. And
if there is a Loew's Hotel near you, look for their annual "Loew's
Bark Breakfast" on TYDTWD. You are invited to bring your best
friend with you at their event.
Feedback from Previous Take Your Dog to Work Days:
From The Bennett Group (Executive Recruiters) in Tustin,
I made an executive decision, regarding my husband's business,
to allow the
employees to bring their dogs in for the day - including our own and without too
much resistance, he agreed. He naturally feels that nothing will get done that day
with all the dogs around, but I think he'll be pleasantly surprised. They are even
going to have a luncheon in the park to get the dogs out, relax, and have some fun
-that was his idea. Though, I can't say dogs will be the norm everyday of the week,
at least once a year the office will be going to the dogs (sorry for the pun). And
who knows, after tomorrow, he might just change his mind and let them come in each
From the Professional Counseling Associates in
We can't wait until tommorrow!!
From an employee at Sun Microsystems in Menlo Park, CA:
I brought my 2 year old husky Taya to work. The dog was a little apprehensive at
first, she is adapted from the Human Society and I believe that the building and
the office reminded her of the pound. However, when she realized that I am not going
anywhere, and she is not going to be left there, she relaxed and we had a terrific
day. There was not a single person, who objected to Taya being present, and the dog
got tons of attention. Sun Microsystems is a large hardware and software manufacturing company, with
many campuses in the South Bay. From day one I've been told that the company has
a dog friendly policy and many people bring their dogs to work. Our first experience
at work went so well, that I am considering making it a weekly practice.
If possible please post Sun's name on your page as a dog friendly employer, if
it is not yet listed. I am very grateful for the atmosphere they have created here.
From an employee at Com21 in Milpitas, CA:
Com21 is a Broadband Access Solutions company.
We participate in the "Take Your Dog toWork Day." This will be our second
year. Last year (1999) was a great success! We had over 30 dogs come to work. We
had a BBQ in the afternoon, and TV coverage by one of the local news stations. Please
see our website www.com21.com for job opportunities.
We do not get doggie visitors everyday. The rest of the year, employees bring in
their dog only for special reasons, for example if their dog had an operation and
needs medication hourly, etc.
Click here for a list of Dog-Friendly Companies that allow
dogs on a regular basis!