It's "Take Your Dog To Work Day" ~and~ Flashback Friday!

Bandit loves to help me proof my writing.

Today is Pet Sitters International (PSI) 17th Annual "Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay®)!" Are you and your dog ready? The FiveSibes are all here to take a break from their busy days as a "working class" breed to offer up some helpful tips to keep in mind when bringing your dog to the office for TYDTWDay or any day!

    Pre-Arrange Approval. Check with your boss that it’s okay to bring your dog to the office.
    Co-Worker Allergies? Check to see if any co-workers are allergic to dogs and if they are okay with your dog in the office for the day.
    Safety First. Prior to TYDTWD, be sure to puppy-proof your workspace. Be sure the area your dog will be in is free of anything poisonous, toxic, or unsafe.
    Spa Day Before Work Day: Be sure to give your dogs a nice bath and grooming before them bringing to the office.
     A Healthy Dog is a Happy Dog: Please be sure your dog is in good health and up-to-date with being vetted.
     A Human’s Best Friend.  Please only bring dogs that are social, friendly, and not afraid of noise and people. You don’t want to traumatize your furry friend.
    Say Yes! to Doggie Bags! Be sure to bring along treats & lunch for your dog!
    Who Loves A Drink? Water and bowl a must-have!
    Wanna Play? Have dog’s favorite toys to keep him happily busy!
    Crates are Great! Consider bringing your dog’s crate along for a safe, happy place for her to rest.
    Who’s Your Daddy or Mommy? Collar with tags a must!
    Microchips Ahoy! Check that your dog’s microchip info  is up to date on registration & at vet’s office.
    Leash, Please! Always walk your dog on a leash to keep him safe in a new place.
    When Nature Calls… Be sure to bring eco-friendly doggie “do” bags for potty breaks and pet-safe disinfectant in case of oopsies.
    Back-Up Plan. Just in case your furkid gets anxious and needs to go home, have an exit plan worked out, whether a family member or friend for pick him, or prior approval from your boss to leave.
    It’s All Good! Most of all, make it a fun and enjoyable experience for all!

Gibson is a great inspiration and assistant editor!

Your Boss Still Not Convinced? Download the PSI free Action Kit HERE to help! Loaded with lots of stories of previous TYDTWDay, what other companies are doing, helpful hints, preparing a press release, and so much more to help prepare for next year's TYDTWDay!’s some important facts from PSI about the benefits of participating in Take Your Dog To Work Day®:

"According to a 2008 national poll of working Americans 18 and older by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 17% reported their company permits pets at work. In 2012, the group reported in a separate study that workers surveyed brought their dogs with them to work 22 times in 2012, compared with 17 times in 2008.

"According to a 2012 Virginia Commonwealth University study, employees who bring their dogs to work produced lower levels of the stress-causing hormone cortisol. Studies have also shown that dogs at work help increase interaction between co-workers and increase employee satisfaction."

Thanks for the coffee, Harley!  You're a great assistant!


*55 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace leads to a more creative environment.
*50 million believe having pets in the workplace helps co-workers get along better.
*38 million believe having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment.
*37 million believe having pets in the workplace helps improve  relationships between managers and their employees.
*Source: 2006 American Pet Products Association Survey

Sounds good to me! How about you?

Harley helps with PR!
I'm very fortunate that all my FiveSibes are with me for TYDTWDay as I now work from home. And they sure are great "working breed" dogs and Mommy's little helpers whether they are the subjects of my stories, help me edit one of my articles or books, assist with promotions, eagerly taste test a treat recipe for this blog, model for an upcoming product or movie review, or are just ready to help me have a snack and a Husky love break! But if I was still working in an office out in the field, I think this is such a great concept, I would definitely be spearheading a campaign! After all, our pets make us so happy, and part of working out of the home is worrying about them during the day, or missing them. So just think how much more productive folks could be if their pets were right there with them at work! Now for a few more "working" shots of my very helpful Sibes!

Wolf really digs his job as Soil Expert and Excavator!

Chloe and Bandit love being taste testers!

Gibson is proud of being a product and Canine Epilepsy Ambassador!

Chloe helps out with inventory control of my published books!


Learn more HERE!

All this work wore out Wolf! Time for a nap!

Here's to a fun day at the office with your dog!

Want to read more of my article in American Pet Magazine's check out Volume 2/Issue 2 below and flip to page 45!

Our Flashback Friday photos are of Bandit from 2013 Take Your Dog to Work Day (see top photo). Below, she is making a conference call on my cell phone and going over edits with me on one of my books!

"Woo. May I put you on hold while I check that fact?"

Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our co-hosts, Love is being owned by a Husky, each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our blog hop each week! If you don't catch it on Friday, you can link up any time during the week! To catch our past Flashbacks, just enter "Flashback Friday" in the search box! We hope you'll come join us!


  1. Our work day has started already as the grandbipeds have arrived. We like to call it work, but they really are a lot of fun:)

    Enjoy the day and get lots of treats!!!

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  2. These are great tips! I can't get over that muddy picture!!! EEEEEK!!! the mud! hahahaha!! I am lucky to work from home, so I have my babies with me every day at work :)
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    1. Thanks, Jenna! I love working from home now and being with these guys full time! Enjoy!

  3. Unfortunately, my job doesn't allow dogs or kids. I'm going to enter your blog hop now.

    1. Thanks for joining our blog hop! So nice to see sweet angel Pip!


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