Unleash the Dogs of Work!

By on September 11, 2012 2:15:48 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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IMG_2084Recently there was an article on Wired that interviewed some people about how the death of Steve Jobs affected them.  I was interviewed for the article and how I massively cut down my hours and started handing things off to others as I realized that I was slowly wrecking myself working such crazy hours and being away from my family.

One of the smaller changes is that I now bring my dog to work.  Pictured here is Stardock’s Vice President, Derek Paxton with my dog Bailey.  As I type this from my office, Bailey is sleeping I na little cubby by my desk. 

She’s gained about 10 lbs since I started bringing her. I’m sure that has nothing to do with the snacks people give her though. Just coincidence. Winking smile

I had read about other companies allowing employees to bring dogs to work but I guess I had this vision that doing so would result in dogs running wild in the hallways and such.  I’ve been surprised at how calm they can be and that they’ll stay near their person.  Paul Boyer’s dog (our art director) hung out with him at his desk which is what Bailey does with mine (when she’s not doing her “rounds” to see who’s got treats).

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September 11, 2012 2:28:03 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

We raised a shepherd puppy for a little over a year for the Eye Dog Foundation 10 years ago.  Part of the socialization process involved taking him to work frequently.  He was the star of the office when there, which was often.  Pets don't belong in many, if not most, work places, but when they can be there, it's a very humanizing (strangely) thing and definitely adds to the enjoyment of the workplace.

I was lucky enough that the pup flunked out of eye dog school & became our pet at age 18 months.  Awesome friend, he is.  Tenth birthday coming up in November.

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September 11, 2012 2:34:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I imagine a lot of it would depend on the individual dog.  I think it's a great idea as long as it works out.

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September 11, 2012 2:55:31 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Daiwa,
I was lucky enough that the pup flunked out of eye dog school

The pup flunked on purpose... they understand messages we don't even sense we're sending by the stress in our voices, the scents associated with our emotions, and our body language... lucky? Yes... but in a higher sense, so to speak.

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September 11, 2012 3:00:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I envy you, i wish i could take my buddy to work but its not tolerated sadly...
 

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September 11, 2012 3:58:49 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
The pup flunked on purpose...

I'd like to think that was true.  But all eleven of the litter flunked out for one reason or another.  He was the next-to-last to be DQ'd, after 4 months of his final 'boot camp' - we had to turn him in (talk about tough) at 14 months expecting to never see him again.  His return was one of the unexpected true joys of life.

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September 11, 2012 4:01:10 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
they understand messages we don't even sense

Nova (or the Science Channel, can't remember which) did a wonderful episode on dogs exploring just that a year or two ago.

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September 11, 2012 4:22:47 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Just don't leave turds in the office when people come to visit.    At least that turd was aired out after a few days.   and I didn't have to sit by it. 

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September 11, 2012 5:18:11 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

thanks for mentioning this. I was a little reluctant to ask if others could bring their animals to work or if it was just a boss thing.

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September 11, 2012 9:53:45 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

As a cat person,I find this highly discriminatory.  Anyone know a good lawyer?

my cats made me type that

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September 11, 2012 9:55:47 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I like cats too, we should get together and swap recipes. 

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September 11, 2012 10:13:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,
As a cat person,I find this highly discriminatory. Anyone know a good lawyer?

my cats made me type that

Working from home means the 'cats of work' are unleashed....and I ain't got no say in it...

At the moment though, one of them is going under a surgeon's knife .... probably a good idea since her temp is 40.6.

So currently it's a case of 'unleashing the fretting-about-a-pet whilst at work'...

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September 12, 2012 12:07:17 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,
At the moment though, one of them is going under a surgeon's knife

I hope it turns out ok.

Quoting Jafo,
Working from home means the 'cats of work' are unleashed

Don't you love it when one decides to park itself right in the middle of whatever else you happen to be paying attention to?

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September 12, 2012 12:29:56 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I can only imagine how happy a workplace must be when able to bring their dogs along....they are such pack animals... it's unnatural for them to be stuck in backyards waiting til the pack comes home... wish there was more of it where possible...

 

Quoting Jafo,
At the moment though, one of them is going under a surgeon's knife .... probably a good idea since her temp is 40.6.

hope everything has turned out ok... horrible when they're crook....   

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September 12, 2012 12:37:24 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I adopted a couple cats from a coworker who couldn't take care of him after she developed a severe allergy to cats... we still make playdates at the office. Productivity might not be the best because the cats love to run around, bat things off of desks and chase people's shoelaces and stuff (plus all those presentation laser pointers). Morale sure is up though when I bring the kitties in.

 

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September 12, 2012 12:48:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting jackswift85,
Morale sure is up though when I bring the kitties in.

morale up.... and blood pressure down.... studies have shown just how beneficial animals are to owner's health.... and how effective they are in retirement villages and nursing homes giving a real lift to the elderly....

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September 12, 2012 12:51:23 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,
As a cat person,I find this highly discriminatory.  Anyone know a good lawyer?

my cats made me type that

"cat person" = "Cat staff".

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September 12, 2012 12:52:38 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Definitely a cat person here.

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