Did you take your dog to work today?

take your dog to work

William Berry/AJC Special

Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day, which started in 1999 to show how dogs make great companions and to encourage dog adoption. It has grown into a popular annual event worldwide, considering the growing trend of pet ownership and making pets part of the family.

Of course, not everyone has a job that would allow animals in the workplace. But there are many companies which offer a more relaxed environment that do offer this as an employee perk. With more and more people having the ability to work from home, some employers determined to keep their staff in the office are offering aspects of home life to be integrated into the workplace.

Does your office allow pets? If you are a dog owner, would you bring your pet to work if you were allowed to? Do you think pets should be allowed in the workplace?

25 comments Add your comment


June 26th, 2009
2:11 pm

This is the exact reason why someone gets more time in jail for killing a dog than for killing a human….


June 26th, 2009
2:16 pm

No, but I did bring some good Michael Jackson jokes with me today to work. Had my co-workers howling – just like a dog.


June 26th, 2009
2:36 pm

why would anyone even worry about the jail time someone gets for killing a dog or a human ?? One of the ten commandments states Thou shalt not kill!! Just ignorance dipper!!

No way

June 26th, 2009
2:45 pm

I have to listen to my coworker call her house about 10 times a day to check on her dog and cat, so does that count? Not including the times that she has her Mother hold the phone so that she can talk to them…


June 26th, 2009
2:58 pm

Dipper—your a dip. Do you really think your hero Mike Vick got more time for killing a dog then someone who murdered someone? Moron. As the saying goes, the more people I meet…the more I like my dog.

DJ Sniper

June 26th, 2009
3:07 pm

I’m a dog owner and I love my mutt, but I draw the line at certain things, and taking my dog to work is one of them. Sorry, but you just don’t need to bring your dog every place you go.

I hate to bring up Michael Vick, but oh well, I’ll do it anyway: What he did was deplorable and stupid and he deserved to be punished, but dang, people were running around here acting like he killed the Pope or something. That whole fiasco just goes to show how pet obsessed our society is. I do believe that Vick would have been treated a lot less harshly had he been accused of something such as rape, assault, or anything like that. Let’s not even begin to talk about the nutjobs from PETA.


June 26th, 2009
3:11 pm

NO one said anything about being a VICK hero… I have 2 dogs myself but I’m also a family member that lost a love one due to DUI… So before any of you get started about PETA, get your facts and reasons straight.


June 26th, 2009
3:12 pm

Taking your dog for walks, lakes, parks are great but bringing them to work and to a ball game is a little to much. Petsmart was the best thing for a dog. Next we will be taking dogs to TGIF for lunch.


June 26th, 2009
3:13 pm

Jessica, maybe you will understand if someone killed your mom while DUI…

scottie dog lover

June 26th, 2009
3:16 pm

I am able to bring my dog with me to work everyday. I have a very laid back work environment.
To all you Dipper haters…I think what he was making a comparison to is that Mike Vick got more time in jail for dog fighting than Donte Stallworth got for hitting and killing a pedestrian while under the influence. I’m not condoning this, just interpreting his statement.


June 26th, 2009
3:17 pm

DIPPER, sorry for your loss..

scottie dog lover

June 26th, 2009
3:22 pm

Yes, Dipper…sorry for your loss. I hope I was on the right track explaining your statement.
As far as taking your pet everywhere…I can take my dog to work because I work for my in-laws. I admit, these are special circumstances but I don’t take my dog everywhere else.

Soccer Mom

June 26th, 2009
3:30 pm

Why does every comment section end up trashing someone that made a simple statement? Let’s just stay with the subject! I would probably take my dog with me, but she doesn’t like men, so my boss would have to stay home. HMMMMMMM………..


June 26th, 2009
3:48 pm

I work from home so my dogs are with me every day. If I did work in an office and had the opportunity, I still would NOT take my dogs out of consideration for co-workers that may have allergies, have fears, or may just not like dogs in general.


June 26th, 2009
3:56 pm

Since our office opened its doors in 1999, it has been pet friendly – so much so that it was a negotiation in our lease. On any given day, we’re allowed four dogs in the office, and have a “doggie calendar” so that we can keep track. It does wonders for morale, and says something about the people who work for our agency.

ace dancer

June 26th, 2009
4:28 pm

my supervisor looks like a small dog so I am already covered with this new ‘ hallmark – buy another greeting card’ holiday


June 26th, 2009
4:36 pm

I wouldn’t mind having an office cat. But the manager wouldn’t allow it.


June 26th, 2009
4:38 pm

It depends on the dog. A friendly, laid-back dog would be fine to bring to the office one day but a skittish/unfriendly/yappy dog would be better off at home.


June 26th, 2009
4:48 pm

I got an older German Shepard from the Humane Society last year during the summer. He had been found on the side of the road, very emaciated and they felt he had obviously been abused. I took him home and it took several days for it to get used to the house. It will NOT stay iinside the fence. He has cataracts and doesn’t see well and is almost deaf (should I have named him “Lucky” instead of “Bear”?) I decided the only safe thing was to bring him to work with me each day. I own a retail store. He stays behind the counter (leashed to a bolt) and most people never even know he is there. There is a note on the door “Caution:Do NOT awaken the guard dog!


June 26th, 2009
4:48 pm

Mine are with me right now in my home office, and would be good additions to AANY office. Preferable to some of the “humans” one meets in the workplace!

Miss V

June 26th, 2009
4:52 pm

My dog is handicapped from a spinal injury sustained in a car accident and needs to be checked on often, so it would be nice to bring her with me to the office instead of running home every 3 hours like I did with my last job that didn’t allow pets. Right now, I am self employed with my own office, so she is able to be with me everyday. If I do return to full time work it will need to be in a pet friendly office.


June 26th, 2009
5:20 pm

NANCY – HIRE ME! :) I would LOVE to work somewhere dog friendly – I like my job, but would LOVE IT if I could have my little furry friend next to me to keep me cool while dealing with the constant stress this place brings about


June 26th, 2009
5:45 pm

Yuck. I bet yall are the same people who let your dogs lick u in the mouth but then wear masks in public to prevent the swine flu. Such strange fruit we are

Sarah Holland

June 26th, 2009
5:57 pm

I rescue the Newfoundland dogs in need of a new home, that’s all I care about. These gentle giants
need an extra hand sometimes and I’m there for them. These chat groups or comment columns
always turn into something altogether different than the original subject. If you can’t say something good I have always believed you should keep your mouth shut.
I’m retired but would love to take my Newfoundland’s to work if I had a job. So go make something out of that. To all the dog lovers in this group, you’re very special people.


July 19th, 2009
4:07 pm

i have a pomeranian, and i have to admit i worked for a large cellular store, a few times i brought him in, and the interaction i got from fellow pom and dog owners got me more business! what are some business that allow employees to bring dogs to work in atlanta, i have no job and i need to apply there!