If you work at a pet-friendly office like we do, every week is “take your pet to work week.” For those of you who don’t, we’ve got you covered! This year’s Take Your Pet To Work Week is happening from June 22-26 and we have the tools you need to convince your boss to let your company participate!
Thousands of employees are expected to bring their pets to the office this year thanks to Pet Sitters International, who created the event to celebrate the great companions they make, encourage pet adoptions and boost employee moral.
According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA)’s National Pet Owners Survey, only 8% of all U.S. pet owners say their workplace allows pets. With the tools provided by Pet Sitters International in the Action Pack, you can help your office change that statistic, even if it’s just for the week.
If your boss seems apprehensive about the idea of pets at work, win them over by explaining that pet-presence may serve as a low-cost, wellness intervention and may enhance organizational satisfaction and perceptions of support, according to one 2012 Virginia Commonwealth University study. The study specifically showed employees who bring their dogs to work produced lower levels of the stress-causing hormone cortisol and that dogs at work help increase employee satisfaction and interaction between coworkers. That’s reason enough for us!
If you participate in Take Your Pet To Work Week, share your photos with us on Facebook.
The weather is getting warmer and our days are getting longer, which means more time for Fido-friendly activities outside. To help you switch it up, we came up with seven fun things you can do with your pups this summer. That’s a new activity for every day of the week!
Drum roll please….
- Head to the beach
It’s the perfect place to play with your pals in the sun, but let them cool off in the water!
- Hike the trails
Exercise is not only good for the two-legged. It’s also good for the three and four-legged. Get your pals out on the trails with you!
- Play in the sprinklers
If you’re not close to a body of water but want to give your dog a quick, fun way to cool down from the summer heat, turn on the sprinklers and let them have at it.
- Sit by the campfire
Sit back and relax after a day of fun. Cuddle up with your pal and enjoy the outdoors, campfire style. Make sure to keep an eye on them and not to let them get too close.
- Check out your local farmers market
Nothing says “we’re best friends” like going everywhere together. So, why not take Fido to the farmers market and enjoy the fresh smells with your number one pal?
- Play that good ‘ol fetch game
Go back to your roots this summer. Find a big grassy area and throw your pal’s favorite fetch toy for some good ‘ol summer fun!
- Evening stroll to beat the heat
As much as we all enjoy the sunshine, it’s also nice to take a stroll in the evening, when the weather and the cement have cooled to a truly enjoyable temperature. Your pal will surely appreciate it.
We love to see you and your PALs out enjoying the summer sunshine. Share your photos with us on Facebook!
What better time to add a feline to your family?
First, we want to give a big shout out to the Maddie’s Fund organization for all they do for shelter animals. May 31st ended their 2015 Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days in which they worked with over 90 shelter and rescue groups across 124 locations in one weekend to offer local communities in NV, CA and WI no-cost pet adoptions. Maddie’s fund covered the cost of all adoptions, so the communities could empty their shelters. We’re thrilled to report they adopted out (SAVED) 3,273 cats in just two days!!!
Here are our top 5 reasons to adopt a shelter cat:
- Because there’s nothing like walking a shelter with your son or daughter and letting them experience that moment with you, when you choose a new member of the family!
- Because you’ve secretly always wanted to be a part of that ‘cool’ group that supports their local shelter and adopts.
- Because you want to save a life, and maybe, just maybe, they might save yours.
- Because at a shelter, you can browse a variety of breeds and ages, until you find just the one that speaks or ‘meows’ to you.
- And, saving the best reason for last….because shelter pets are just as good as any other pets!!!
EIGHTH GRADE WINNER
One Dog’s Journey
By: Sophia D.
Down in the kennel, a puppy discovers,
News that makes him separate from the others.
“He’s been here too long” he hears them say,
And he suddenly realizes, his life is at stake!
Not adopted, unloved, and rejected by many,
He thinks that perhaps he not worth a penny.
The barks of others do not reach his ears
As his eyes swim with unshed tears.
But the next morning he hears them say,
“A family is coming to see you today!”
His heart fills with longing for a true home,
Maybe this family will call him one of their own!
When the family sees him, they fill with joy,
The air resonates with sounds of “good boy!”
The times passes, he must go back through the door,
But he doesn’t want to leave, and sits on the floor.
The family realizes that he is the one.
The puppy is loyal, loving, and fun!
A week later, Dad’s car comes back around the bend.
That day, the puppy’s name goes from Billy to Ken.
He takes him home, that young little lab,
And Ken knows that he is no longer sad.
Ken is our dog our dog now, I love him each day,
And from adopting him there is something I must say:
Remember those homeless dogs and their plea.
They’re all alone and need you and me!
So next time you’re considering getting a dog,
Try visiting the shelter that’s just down the block.
Really, it’s your love and care that they seek,
For all dogs need a safe place to sleep.
So perhaps there’s a dog that you can rescue.
And honestly its one the best things you can do!
SEVENTH GRADE WINNER
My Rescue Pup
By: Faith C.
He wakes me every morning,
And jumps up on my bed,
Kissing me till I wake up,
And stepping on my head!
He’s happy and energetic,
And he likes to run around,
But when it comes to belly rubs,
He rolls upon the ground.
At two days old, on the side of the road,
He and his siblings were found alone.
We rescued him, and now we know,
He rescued us and now he’s home.
Every night, he tucks me in,
And then he curls up small.
He knows that we all love him,
And we know he loves us all.
SIXTH GRADE WINNER
By: Mallory S.
My pet is a mini
He is a guinea
Cookie monster is his name.
He loves to talk and chatter
when something is the matter,
or sometimes when he wants a snack.
To me only he will respond
because we have a special bond
I love my guinea pig.
Am I obsessed? A little, maybe.
After all he is my baby.
He really loves me too.
He loves to cuddle and to play.
I love him more than I can say.
My best pal, Cookie.
Some people like dogs and cats,
gerbils, iguanas, even rats.
Me, I love my pig.
As for me I’ll take my pig
even though he’s not that big.
Thanks to mom and dad for Cookie.
FIFTH GRADE WINNER
My Dog, My Friend
By: Medha G.
When she bounds over to me,
Her tongue out, panting vigorously,
I feel joy,
When she stares up at me,
Her eyes begging me to play,
I feel wanted,
When she rolls over with her paws in the air,
Begging me to scratch her belly,
I feel loved,
When she trots along the sidewalk,
Her eyes full of excitement at the new wonders opened to her in the world,
I feel curious,
When she arches her back,
With a look of determination in her eyes,
I feel courage,
My dog is truly my best friend,
Opening the door to my true emotions.