National Take Your Dog to Work Day

Mark your calendars for Friday, June 21 when every dog gets its day this year on Take Your Dog to Work Day 2013. First begun in 1999 by Pet Sitters International, the day is meant to "Spot"-light the benefits of dogs in our everyday lives. It is an annual event and is always celebrated on the Friday following Father’s Day.

Here are only a few ideas for hosting an event for dog lovers at your place of business:

• Host a feel-good fundraiser by soliciting photos of employee dog owners and their dogs, then charge everyone an entry fee for judging a Dog/Owner Look-Alike Contest -- with all the proceeds going to your local pet shelter.

• Put on a pet fair. Gather materials that are freely available from the ASPCA or local shelter, or ask a local pet sitter or pet store to help coordinate a Take Your Dog To Work Day where you work. There's lots of information to share with co-workers who may want to know more about popular dog breeds, adopting a dog, or their proper care, exercise and feeding.

• Fun should also be a big part of the day, so grab your camera and take lots of photos of the day's other events. These might include a "Top Dog" contest for best trick or friendliest dog; an owner/dog luncheon featuring lots of dog treats; or a Best Dressed list of dogs in costume.
So why NOT take your dog to work? At least for a day. Besides a sure-fire way to boost company morale, the national press garnered by Take Your Dog to Work Day is guaranteed to generate lots of good public relations for companies who choose to participate.

If management is still unsure about hosting A Take Your Dog to Work Day at your workplace, you might also point out that science has proven that walking your dog every day is actually good for you. Related research also shows that petting your dog can relieve stress and actually lower blood pressure.

Bottom line? More dogs = less doggone sick days.
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