These businesses’ doors are open
To their (and your) furry friends.
By Katie Morell
Companies around the country are perking up to the positive effects of bringing dogs into the workplace. An animal’s presence relieves stress, and a dog walk can be a nice break during a busy day. (Some Chevy dealerships even go a step further: They let customers’ dogs go along on test drives.)
Amos, a 7-year-old yorkie poodle mix, is an excellent traveler. Three days a week, his mom, Anna Jane Grossman, straps a dog helmet to his head, puts him in her backpack with enough room to peak out and rides her bike through the streets of New York to work.
“In the office, he brightens everyone’s day and usually sleeps on a blanket under my desk,” says Grossman, who works at True Entertainment as an associate producer for Animal Planet’s Too Cute: Puppies and Kittens. She is also owner and dog trainer at School for the Dogs.
Kevin Harris Architect, LLC
Wanda B and Skuzzy, a yorkie poodle mix and a bichon frise respectively, are mainstays at the Kevin Harris Architect, LLC office in Baton Rouge. Employees are so taken by them that they’ve created a Twitter page for the pooches, @archipets. The dogs tweet several times a week and banter about client dogs.
“We once had a client who came in with her three pugs, all wearing hard hats,” founder Kevin L. Harris says. “Our Twitter page was lighting up that day.”
More than 300 employees fill the Columbus offices of marketing agency Resource Interactive, and several of them have their dogs in tow. According to media relations associate Kristyn Wilson, dogs frequent client meetings and can be seen waltzing around the office looking for treats.
Dogs outnumber humans at KolbeCo, a public relations agency based in St. Louis; the firm has seven employees and eight dogs, dubbed the Board of Dogrectors.
“We can have up to 30 dogs here at once, though, because many of us take in foster dogs as part of Stray Rescue of St. Louis,” says owner Lauren Kolbe.
Driving Miss Doggy: Pet-lifestyle expert Charlotte Reed’s tips for going with the dogs
1. Consider the size and age of your dog. The larger the dog, the more backseat space you’ll need.
If you have senior dogs, choose cars lower to the ground so they can get in and out easily.
2. Depending on how much your dog sheds, look into fabric treatment options.
3. Make sure your car has safety windows and locks. Dogs can easily hit buttons by accident.
4. Look for cars with tinted windows, as too much sunlight can cause your pooch to overheat.
5. Ask about hooks where you can attach your dog’s safety harness.
1. Restrain your dog in the backseat with a size-appropriate harness.
2. Never put your dog in the front seat, as airbags can seriously injure them.
3. Do not travel with a crate. On impact, crates can pop open. Opt for a harness instead.
4. Don’t let your dog hang his head out the window. Debris can hit his eyes, he can fall off the seat and
he may hit the window frame when you slow down.
5. Pack a first-aid kit in your trunk along with water and food.
Extra tip: Don’t leave your dogs in the car while you run errands. It is common for people to break into cars and steal dogs. K9s can also overheat or get too cold.
Katie Morell is a San Francisco-based writer and editor. She works from home with her favorite co-worker of all time, Lucy, a 4-year-old beagle.