Bonding 9-to-5 on Take Your Dog to Work Day

Got your lunch? Your umbrella? Your best furry friend?

Today is the annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, which celebrates the human/dog bond.

(Cat lovers may ask: why can't we come to work too? We think they should.)

The event, started in 1999 by Pet Sitters International, has since caught on - going far beyond one day at many work sites.

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review in an article today, talks to an architect who took his dog to work every day for 17 years and a pet expert who wrote a book offering tips for introducing your dog to the workplace.

Every day is bring your dog to work day at the Humane Society of the United States in Washington D.C., although the organization has guidelines for keeping everyone happy, like no dogs in the lunchroom.

Even larger corporations like Google and Amazon have also become dog-friendly work places. Dogs are no longer a rare sight even in the halls of the U.S. Congress and some state Capitols (the late Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll used to bring her beloved terriers to work here in Harrisburg, although she caused a stir when word got out that they were traveling in the state vehicle. A no-no.) 

According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, about one in five companies allows pets. Roughly 3 percent of dog owners have brought their pet to work up to several dozen times.

(Photo: Courtesy Take Your Dog To Work Day)