Whenever I leave for work in the morning, I see the sadness in my dog’s eyes. I think that he understands that I will be back, but he doesn’t understand why I am leaving in the first place. He wants my undivided attention all day, every day. He strongly prefers that I relinquish my summer internships and instead spend each day giving him belly rubs, taking him on long walks and shuttling him around to his various vet and grooming appointments. (Bark Ruffalo is very high maintenance, in case you couldn’t tell.) He is happiest on the weekends because no school/work means that my family members and I can devote hours to sitting with Barky in the sun and telling him that he is a good boy.
But today is a very special day for dogs with working parents: it’s National Take Your Dog To Work Day! National Take Your Dog To Work Day falls on the Friday after Father’s Day each year and offers us an opportunity to show off our precious pets to our bosses and coworkers. Pup finally gets to see where you go all day when you leave him or her behind. A new environment with new people will be very exciting for dogs who are social, so if your dog gets along with people and other dogs, definitely participate in this fantastic holiday.
Take Your Dog To Work Day was created in 1999 by Pet Sitters International in order to celebrate dogs and encourage people to adopt those who need a home. Approximately 300 businesses across the U.S. participate in this holiday annually and it is a beneficial celebration for pet owners and non-pet owners alike; even if you do not own a dog yourself, you can still take advantage of the opportunity to interact with other peoples’ dogs and show your support for them. Dogs are not only adorable but also helpful in that there are health benefits to spending time with them. Having a dog around can reduce stress and improve your cardiovascular health.
No worries if you’re more of a cat person–Pet Sitters International has seemed the entire week from June 18 to June 22 Take Your Pet To Work Week, and Take Your Cat To Work Day specifically falls on June 18. It may not be as well-known, but it allows a bit more variety in the furry friends that you are allowed to bring to your office.
If you already have an adorable pup or even more than one, bringing them to the workplace is an excellent (and obvious) way to celebrate this holiday. If you are thinking of becoming a pet parent, this would be a great day to start! Instead of going to a breeder, consider taking in a shelter dog who needs a home; it is more difficult to find people to take these dogs, especially the older ones, so you will be greatly improving the life of an animal who may not otherwise find loving owners.
You can learn more about the holiday on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you post any pictures of your dog at work, be sure to use the hashtags #NationalTakeYourDogToWorkDay and #TYDTWD, and enjoy the funny dog memes in the gallery above!