Today is the 20th Anniversary of Take Your Dog To Work Day®, an annual date to highlight the very special human-canine bond and also to promote pet adoptions! So, are you taking your furry best friend to the office today? Here, at FiveSibes, every day I take my dogs to work!
|Did you get your TYDTWDay certificate? We did!|
To get one, visit their website HERE!
Being a professional writer and photographer is a part of my being, my very fiber. I love bringing stories to life via the written word or by a series of photographs. I always have said I see life in a series of photos. I see a photo in every day life. I truly love what I do and have been fortunate to have made a career of it. Now that I am "retired" from the field, I can freelance from home when I am not overwhelmed by my autoimmune issues. There is a Spoon Theory that helps people with illnesses, maybe you've heard of it? Basically, we are given a number of spoons for the day, say 10. When you have debilitating AI issues, and there are a whole list of them, sometimes just showering can steal one spoon from your supply. Getting dressed can take another two. Already, your balance for the day is down to seven and morning is not even over yet. When one has exhausted their spoon supply, they are pretty wiped out, and even though the spoon supply is "replenished" the next day, it can take anywhere from a day to several days or even weeks to recuperate.
The FiveSibes have come with me to work since...well, since I've had them! Even when I worked outside the home, I still freelanced from home. So the days when I was writing the text for my books, there they were! When the books arrived from the printer, I really think they were just as excited as me! While editing, I'd take photos of them looking at the drafts being my "co-editors." All of my blog posts feature photos of them I have taken, and if I am doing a product review, I set up the photoshoots, sometimes with props, and they are my models (and they really seem to enjoy it)!
|Coffee break time!|
I am truly fortunate in that I can take my dogs to work every single day! I do believe that the offices that allow employees to bring their dog(s) to work, it creates a wonderful environment. Not only does the employee feel better about having their beloved dog and maybe worry less about them being left home, but it is also physically healthier as the employee and their dog can go hit up some nearby trails or take a walk around the town during lunch. And everyone knows that when someone is happy, they are naturally more productive, which is a huge positive for the boss! A happy employee makes for a happy employer! So bravo to those businesses that smile upon employees brining their dogs to work!
What is Take Your Dog To Work Day
Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay) was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1999. PSI, according to their website, is the "world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters. PSI is dedicated to educating professional pet sitters and promoting, supporting and recognizing excellence in pet sitting." On Take Your Dog To Work Day, which is always celebrated on June 22, PSI suggests the following:
- "Dogs should be kept on a leash, unless they are in an employees’ office or cubicle.
- Participating employees should use a baby gate to prevent dogs from leaving their offices unsupervised.
- Specific areas, such as bathrooms or employee dining halls, can be designated dog-free.
- Have a backup plan for taking a dog home if he is not comfortable in the work environment.
- Use a local pet sitter to provide midday walks or potty breaks for employees’ dogs."
- Be sure to get pre-approval from your place of business.
- Be considerate and check ahead of time to be sure your co-workers do not have any allergies.
- Bathe and/or groom your furry best friend for his/her visit. (There is no faster way of turning off a non-dog person than have them be greeted by a smelly dog).
- Bring a portable water bowl, some treats, and a toy or two.
- Will your dog behave? Be sure your dog is as polite as you and will not growl, jump, lick, or hump your co-worker's leg.
- Know that your dog will enjoy the day. If s/he will be stressed, please leave your dog at home where s/he will be safe and happy.
- Keep collars with tags on and be sure all microchip and tag information is correct and up-to-date (just in case the dog wanders out of the office area).
- Only bring your dog if s/he is in good health.
- Bring current copies of your dog's health records.
- Set up a bed for your dog to rest on.
- Use the day to help educate co-workers and staff all about dogs, breeds, and canine healthcare.
- Does your dog like to do tricks? Put on a fun show for co-workers (and supply them with your treats for your dog)!
- Take selfies with your furry best friend and willing co-workers!
- Don't have a dog of your own? Visit a local shelter and share some love with a dog in need!
- Remember to enjoy the day!
|Wolf smiles for the camera (phone)!|