"A goalie must have one overriding quality - he must want to be a goalie." - Teddy Carey
Even with the economic crunch, Take Your Dog to Work Day (June 22nd) is making a strong comeback since fizzling out a few years ago. It is so popular that it has its own acronym, TYDTWD. It is more popular among small businesses, as Fortune 500 companies have enough trouble keeping employee animal lovers off the Pissy Puppy Show on Canine Talk Radio during normal business hours.
Personally, I can’t see the value in showing off your dog in the office, unless you are a school teacher and you want your students to really see how Spot runs and does his business. Show and tell has its merits, I suppose, but it depends on the breed and its range of low-level flying drool. I'll be wearing galoshes.
“Not everyone loves dogs,” experts advise. “A visiting client might not think a snout in his well-tailored crotch is an appropriate hello, and there are allergies and phobias to consider. They may gobble up your coworker’s tuna sandwich. Also, don’t let your pet use office hallways as an unleashed dog run, it can lead to dogfights."
Pet Sitters International offers the following seven tips for participants:
- Make sure the boss and your coworkers are comfortable with the idea (otherwise you are seeking a pink slip).
- Bring only socialized, quiet, friendly and well-house-trained dogs to work. Leave aggressive, nervous or sick dogs at home.
- Use a leash or baby gates to keep your dog inside your cube or other open workplace.
- Make sure the dog is well-groomed and flea-free.
- Puppy-proof your office. Make sure wires, poisonous plants, pens, rubber bands, and any choking or chewing hazards are all out of reach.
- Create a space for your dog with his own pad, toys and bowls.
- Ask someone to watch and walk your dog if you’re away from your desk.
I always believed that a well trained orangutan would be nice for the office. Wearing DEPENDS®, it could learn how to make a good pot of coffee, clean your cubicle area, attend unimportant meetings, do some light typing, and schmooze with the boss.
Like my good friend, Maxine, at her desk “I keep hitting the escape key, but I’m still here.”