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Dog days of summer begin

June 21, 2012 - Rob Weaver
Today is Take Your Dog To Work Day, which hopefully would explain why some businesses may be going to the dogs.

According to Pet Sitters International, a sponsor of Take Your Dog To Work Day, a study recently released by Virginia Commonwealth University touts the benefits of dogs in the workplace. The study cites reduced perceived stress and increased job satisfaction for employees while working in the company of dogs.

In other words, if an employee is working like a dog, perhaps having canine companionship will make the worker feel better.

But there is another, even more noble, purpose behind Take Your Dog To Work Day. The event began in 1999 as a way to dog owners could show co-workers what great companions their pets are, and encourage other employees to consider adopting orphaned pooches from shelters or pounds.

“Take Your Dog To Work Day adds an enjoyable and positive twist to two issues of great importance — the benefits of pet companionship and the dire need for increased pet adoptions,” PSI President Patti Moran stated in a release. “Our hope is that on this day the special bond between dogs and humans will be celebrated, and those without pets will see firsthand the joy shared between dogs and their loving owners — and perhaps be encouraged to give an adoptable pet a new home.”

Thus, Take Your Dog To Work Day seeks to accomplish two goals. One, dogs can see where their owners go all day long. Two, co-workers can imagine going home, dog-tired, and being greeted by an employee’s best friend. Who didn’t have to do anything all day long.


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