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Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 20 2014

Updated on June 5, 2014

The Dog I Adopted

The puppy I adopted after seeing a similar one in my workplace. Gizmo is 10 years old now!
The puppy I adopted after seeing a similar one in my workplace. Gizmo is 10 years old now! | Source

When is Take Your Dog to Work Day?

Friday, June 21st is designated as 2013's Take Your Dog to Work Day. Start lobbying for your workplace's participation!

History of Take Your Dog to Work Day

It was only recently that I became aware that there is an official "Take Your Dog to Work Day." How cool, I thought. As a social worker in a former job, I was able to take my dog to work now and then.

My little Gizmo loved going to work with me and being a part of our pet therapy program for the elderly folks that our facility cared for. But an official day? How did TYDTWDay (nice abbreviation!) get started?

According to takeyourdog.com, Pet Sitters International created this special canine day in 1999. It's a neat idea, but what was the purpose?

Well, besides simply celebrating these wonderful creatures and our undeniable human connection with them, the day's main purpose is to draw attention to and encourage the adoption of dogs from animal shelters and other rescue places.

What a great idea! And it's not far-fetched (no pun intended with the fetching) that seeing warm and wonderful dogs will make people want to adopt their own. See the picture of my cute little guy as a puppy? I fell in love with this type of dog when someone came to our facility with a pup like him. I had never had a dog of my own (except for childhood family dogs), had no plans to get one anytime soon, but that quickly changed when I suddenly had to have one of my own.



Encourage your employer to participate in TYDTWDay!

Of course, your employer has to give permission for employees to participate in TYDTWDay. Takeyourdog.com offers a downloadable action pack to show to your boss. It gives all the information needed about participation in the event.

If the designated day doesn't work out due to a conflict, there are other days to choose from. The whole week is actually designated as Take Your Pet to Work Week, so there are other days from which to choose. No excuses, bosses! Pick a day!


The dog I adopted with me 10 years later!
The dog I adopted with me 10 years later! | Source

Benefits of taking your dog to work

If you can get your employer to observe Take Your Dog to Work Day, go for it! The benefits are numerous:

  • celebrates pets (particularly dogs, obviously)
  • can increase adoptions of dogs who need homes
  • brings fun and smiles to the workplace
  • offers dogs a pleasant outing for the day
  • improves health by lowering stress and blood pressure

Well, I could go on about benefits, but those are some major ones that come to mind. If you have the opportunity, take your dog to work. It's a lot of fun! Now I work from home, so I am, in essence, taking my dog to work every day!


Can you take your cat to work?

Cat lovers aren't left out of sharing the office with their furry felines. The focus isn't just on dogs, but the whole week of Take Your Pet to Work Week does allow for cats, too. As cats are more skittish, be sure your cat has the disposition to handle such a day. Make sure he has a comfortable spot to retreat to in your office--and don't forget the litter box!

You know your cat. Fluffy may be perfectly content to spend her day on your lap at your desk. If you can't feasibly take your cat to work, though, don't worry. This humorous resource shows why your cats aren't jealous and are actually glad that the dog is gone for the day. It also encourages owners to spoil their left-behind cats when they get home.


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TakeYourDog Website

TakeYourDog.com is a great site. Not only can you learn about Pet Sitters International and the history of taking your pets to work, you can also benefit from several other fun and helpful resources. Here are some of the different things you can find on this pet-friendly site:

  • tips on encouraging your workplace to participate in TYDTWDay
  • tips on preparing for TYDTWDay
  • activities for TYDTWDay
  • photo competition of your professional dog (or cat)--you could win $500!
  • licensing and sponsorship opportunities
  • pet sitter resource
  • newsletter subscription with tips on pet care
  • cat and dog adoption information

Check out this fun and helpful site!



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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Your dog looks awesome cute! Cool idea but I wonder how many employers will allow this. Must be fun with a dog around.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I took my cat to work when my electricity was out for a week due to a hurricane. I enjoyed it. I don't think she did. Your dog is so cute. He is saying take me with you in that picture.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      This is my kinda day and my pooch would light up any work environment.

      When teaching Holistic Nursing,two different students have brought their dogs to the classroom session, when presenting the healing benefits of Pet Therapy. They were fabulous memories and everyone participated beautifully, sharing their experiences.

      Voted UP and UABI. Excellent...Hugs, Maria

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I always thought there should be a take your dog to work day but did not realize there actually was. Now that I work from home, every day is take my dog (and cats) to work day. Of course, the dog has to go out every time I get on the phone, and the cats walk all over my keyboard!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Vellur--He is so cute and so much fun. I bet a lot of businesses would allow it if feasible. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      truthfornow--That's funny about the cat! Typical, too, huh? My dog always gives me the "Take me with you" look anytime I leave. :-)

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      Interesting. I've never heard of Take your Dog to Work Day before but this will be especially useful for those who have dogs and would want to participate in this event. Oh, and I agree with the others, your dog really looks cute and also fluffy.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Lovely idea, Victoria- and even more so, after reading your list of advantages of it. I can really understand the value of it in the case of working with the elderly. My friend John's work is with the elderly and he takes his cat, Mogey, to visit with the folks on occasion. Mogey is an agreeable cat and the folks love his visits. You're right, though, that cats are not as gregarious by nature as dogs, though they are just as lovable and caring. Ours were always very sensitive when anything was wrong with their humans.

      Have you happened to have seen the movie, "Miracle Dogs"? It's inspiring!

      Your Gizmo is adorable, btw!

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      When I owned my business, I took Boo to work with me everyday. The customers loved her. Now that I am retired, we are together constantly. She loves to go to Home Depot since they allow her to come inside and the sales people give her treats. Dogs provide so much joy to our lives. Your little Gizmo is precious!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Maria--Pet therapy does so much good for everyone! Thanks for your input! I so agree that pets can help heal people. They at least light up their worlds. Thanks for the votes and hugs!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Me, too, Deb! The dog has to get my attention when I'm on the phone. My cats get in my lap while I'm trying to type. heehee. Thanks for the comments!

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Cute idea! I didn't own a dog when I worked with the elderly, but they would have loved it if a pet had visited them! And I know that it would have been really fun at the Children's Museum! My only concern would be if several people brought dogs together in a small space would their be any problems with behavior. Especially if someone else brought a cat! Great hub, and your dog is adorable!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Great hub Victoria! What better way to celebrate our best friends...btw, your dog is adorable.

      I'm retired now but when I was working the only ones allowed to bring their dogs to work were the administrators (I worked in a school district, district office) and that was on days when school was not in session.

      I like your reasons for doing this, particularly the prospect of adoption!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ceres--Thanks for the compliment about my dog. He is all those things! Yes, I think this would be so fun in the workplace!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Victoria Lynn

      How clever this is....I no longer work...aaah sweet retirement but this would have been so cool. There was a time when we could have pets come to the classroom to be shared but that was 'outlawed' as there were some problems from time to time when the overly eager pet showed up.

      Your little cutie patootie at the opening is a doll....

      Sending Angels to you this morning...ps

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Nellieanna, I love hearing about Mogey! Cats, too, can be very sensitive. You're right about that. I have several of them as well! I haven't seen Miracle Dogs. I need, too. Thanks! Yes, Gizmo is a little doll! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thelma--I bet your Boo loved it, too! I take Gizmo to Home Depot and Lowe's, too. He loves it! Dogs are great, aren't they? Gizmo goes in the drive-thru or even inside the bank with me. They love him and give him treats. Same at the liquor store--heehee! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Sharkye--I think the owner would have to have a sense of how their dog would do in a group with several dogs. For sure! Thanks for the comments. I agree that my dog is adorable! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      tillsontitan--Yes, some places are stricter. I guess in schools it might be chaotic . . . ? It's a neat idea, though, and I know that some places do honor it. Thanks for the comments and votes!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      pstraubie--I want sweet retirement! At least I get to work from home, huh? :-) Yeah, I'm sure pets in a classroom might be kind of wild! Yep, Gizmo is a doll--as a pup he was and now as an adult. :-) Thanks for the angels. Right back at ya!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      I have never heard of take your dog to work. Great idea if I were a boss I wouldn't mind. Interesting hub. Voted up.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      moonlake--Yes, I think so, too. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      No wonder you fell in love with your Gizmo. What an adorable face! Interesting hub and I enjoyed that cute video at the end. Our pets are great stress reducers and such little loves. I can see where it would not work in all situations...but think it is a great idea to take your dogs to work in many places. Up and interesting and pinning.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      OH, Peggy, Gizmo IS adorable. I can't get over how darling he is even after 9 years! I hope that at least some people are able to take their dogs to work this month! Thanks for voting and pinning.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I am fortunate as we are able to take our dogs to work a lot of the time. I haven't done it in a while, because it gets too busy to spend time with my pup, but she did brighten up the office when I took her in with me. Great hub - voted up!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      epbooks--I enjoyed taking my dog when I could, too. It's fun, huh? At least now, I work mostly from home, so he's with me all the time. :-)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 2 years ago from Western NC

      How fun! I haven't been taking my dog, but hmm...I *wonder* if I could. :) He's kind of squirrelly. LOL

      Actually, I didn't even know about "take your dog to work day" - fun!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Since a good deal of my work is done in my home office, any (or every!) day is TYDTW Day for me! :) But when I was in corporate America, it would have been so fun. Employers do need to be aware that some workers or customers may be sensitive or averse to having dogs or other pets around them due to allergies, fears, etc. So procedures and precautions need to be established so that it is a fun event for everyone.

      Gizmo is adorable!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love the concept of take your dog to work day. On that same note, there are some water parks that close to people and only allow dogs for the day. It is sometime in September as a part of an official Pet Memorial Day. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      CC--I used to take my dog sometimes to the nursing home where I worked. So fun! He was exhausted by the end of the day. He visited a lot of the residents, kind of like a pet therapy thing. :-) It's fun if you can do it!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      heidithorne--I work a lot from home, too, so I love, too, having every day--or most days--a day I can enjoy my pets. To tell you the truth, even though I don't make as much income as I used to, there are great trade-offs with enjoying my pets every day. I don't think I could go back to the 9 to 5 grind again for just that reason alone. I don't want to leave my little dog and cats for 8 to 10 hours per day, especially now that my little 10-year-old dog is getting older. Yes, he is adorable. Thanks for saying so! And I agree--employers must be sensitive to allergies and such as far as the bringing animals to work day. Thanks for your wonderful comments and input!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Rebecca, we have a dog park here, but I've never been. My Gizmo isn't much of a "dog person." LOL. it stresses him out!

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      lovedoctor926 2 years ago

      I didn't know there was a Take Your Dog to Work Day, how cute is that? I have a miniature pincher and he barks at everyone,not sure how that would work out. Interesting hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      lovedoctor! Yes, there is! Yes, a barking dog might not work out at work so well. LOL. Glad you liked the hub!

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      Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

      I've never heard of this promotion for dogs and dog owners but I am behind it 100%. We have pet therapy at our facility, but the dogs have to be trained to be a therapy dog first. I think my dog could pass the test with some training in not to jump on people she sees! lol

      Your dog is adorable! Thanks for the info here, and I plan on sharing it. UP/U/I/F/A BTW I posted on my FB feed.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Gizmo is the most precious dog I've ever seen. Really! I would happily doggy-sit for you.... Never took a dog to work, but I've worked for plenty!!....LOL...UP+++

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Denise, I used to take my dog to the nursing home where I worked. It's been a while now;; I think he has gotten too grumpy in his old age now. LOL. Yes, he is adorable. The best! Thanks for sharing this!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, Effer! Gizmo really is the cutest dog EVER! I would love for you to be my dog-sitter!!!

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