A Sheltie’s Work is NEVER done! #takeyourdogtoworkday

Logo courtesy of Take Your Dog To Work Day on Twitter

Hi my furry friends! Today is “Take Your Dog to Work Day!” Now, since I am a “working” dog or a “herding” dog, EVERY DAY is “Take Your Dog to Work Day” for me! I  work 24/7 as permanent security and I am doggone good at it! I even blogged about it a while back!

Also, since Mom “works” from home, (ok she CALLS it work, but I don’t call playing Words with Friends and playing Song Pop all day WORKING, but I digress…..) so I am ALWAYS at “work” with her! Truth be told it is ME who is always working but I will let Mom believe that she is.

More than just a fun day in the office, Take Your Dog To Work Day was created to give back to the pet community from which PSI member pet sitters earn their livings. While the event offers a fun opportunity to have dogs at work, its purpose since the inaugural celebration has always been to encourage pet adoptions.

Since 1999, PSI has promoted pet adoptions through this annual campaign. To further this mission, PSI created the Pet Adoption Advocate of the Year Award in 2012 to honor one PSI member each year who has gone above and beyond to promote local pet adoptions. PSI makes a $500 donation to the animal shelter or pet-rescue group of the recipient’s choice.

Learn more about the 2017 Pet Adoption Advocate of the Year.

Whether your dog is able to join you or not, there are numerous ways to support the day: 

The world’s leading educational organization for professional pet sitters since 1994.

Take Your Dog To Work Day® and Take Your Pet To Work Week® are registered trademarks of Pet Sitters International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

#Sponsored: Purina Wants to “End the Wagless Workplace!” #PetsatWork

This is a sponsored post, written by me on behalf of Purina.  Purina is not responsible for the content of this blog post.  All opinions are my own.

Click logo to learn more about the Purina Pets At Work Initiative

Click logo to learn more about the Purina Pets At Work Initiative

A few years ago I had the pleasure of being one of a group of Bloggers who was invited to the Purina Headquarters in St.Louis to “Meet Purina.”

One of many things that impressed me about the culture of the Purina workplace was their understanding of how to make their employees (and the pets of their employees) happier, and one of those things was that Purina allows their employees to bring their pets to work! Years ago when I worked at a newspaper I would have loved to work for a company that would allow me to bring my pet to work!

Seeing dogs AND CATS enjoying their day at the Purina headquarters was something I got a real kick out of and left a lasting positive impression on me. From the coffee table designed like a pet food bowl, to cats lounging in meetings, and dogs walking the hallways, Purina doesn’t just “talk the talk”, they “walk the walk” when they say that pets ARE ALWAYS WELCOME at their headquarters!

More than 17 years ago, Nestlé Purina started encouraging its associates to bring their pets to work and the program has provided many benefits for employees and their pets through the years.

Purina Employees and their pets attempt to set a world record for  "Most Pets At Work" June 26, 2015. Photo Courtesy of Purina

Purina Employees and their pets attempt to set a world record for
“Most Pets At Work” June 26, 2015. Photo Courtesy of Purina

Studies show that employees who bring pets to work have fewer signs of stress.

To get a better understanding of how people felt about pets in the workplace, Purina partnered with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine to conduct a U.S. survey in June 2015 and found among 750 respondents:
  • Almost two out of three employees agree pets should be allowed in the workplace if there is a general consensus among employees
  • 85 percent of employees of companies with pets in the office say that pets at work policies are beneficial
  • 72 percent of employees said that their jobs currently do not allow pets in the workplace
  • More than half of those who want pets allowed in the office are willing to spearhead efforts to make their workplaces pet-friendly

The 750 respondents include pet owners and non-pet owners, as well as people who can take their pets to work and those who cannot.

Purina celebrated Take Your Dog to Work Day this year by encouraging their employees to bring their pets to work. The day was filled with fun activities and they also  attempted  to set a RecordSetter.com World Record for ‘Most Pets in the Workplace in One Day’.  I scoured the internet for a video of the event, and you are in luck! I found one! There was even a Sheltie in attendance!!! Dakota is upset that we work from home, he would have LOVED to have been a part of this fun event!




Purina is encouraging other employers to join the Pets at Work movement by asking companies to pledge their intent to implement their own pets at work program. They have developed resources to help other companies become more pet-friendly, including an Employer Toolkit with tips and documents to help employers implement a pets at work program. The toolkit includes an etiquette guide, office checklist and an authorization and release form, among other helpful resources.

Purina has also provided pet lovers with their own Employee Toolkit to help encourage facility managers and employers to embrace pets in the workplace and recognize the positive impact it can have on employees and the overall business.  Employees also can get access to tips, articles, printable guidelines and a petition to help make their workplace pet-friendly. For more information about Purina’s Pets at Work campaign, visit www.purina.com/better-with-pets/pets-at-work

  • Employers and employees can also show support by tagging their photos on social media with the #PetsatWork hashtag.







It’s Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day® !!

Today is a special day for woofies around the world!

Today is:

 Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day®  !! 

Take Your Dog To Work Day® Celebrates 16 Years of Promoting Pet Adoptions

take your dog to work day logo

Created by Pet Sitters International in 1999, Take Your Dog To Work Day is one of the longest-running online pet-adoption campaigns.  It is also the only event that focuses solely on celebrating dogs and educating pet owners in the workplace and continues to grow in popularity and participation.

As most of you know, Dakota wasn’t adopted, (but our cat WAS!). My husband and I wanted to adopt, but for a host of reasons, it wasn’t meant to be.

Dakota and I are lucky, because I happen to “work” from home, so Dakota joins me at work EVERY DAY!

One change that he has been particularly thrilled about, is my home “office” has been a complete wreck lately, which means I am now working from the dining room table. My office is behind baby gates (because it is “cat toy central” and I don’t want Dakota ingesting any!)  so when I was working in there, Dakota didn’t have access to me, but our cat did. Dakota often felt left out.  Then, I migrated to working from the kitchen,  , which is also a “no Dakota zone”, because our cat eats there.  Poor Dakota was left out again.  It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I migrated into the dining room which Dakota has COMPLETE access to. Since this change, he rarely leaves my work area.

Here are some photos of one of our most recent “work days” (I apologize in advance for the poor lighting)


take your dog to work day dakota under table 2



take your dog to work day dakota standing by table


take your dog to work day dakota head on table

This is one dog

who hopes that I NEVER clean my office!!!


Since I am a Michigan blogger

 I am  proud 

to share some thoughts from

a Michigan company

who is a long time participant in

Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day®

“Long-time TYDTWDay participant Village Green will be hosting its fourteenth TYDTWDay event this year. The Detroit-based property management company selects a new theme for their celebration each year, asks employees to make a small monetary donation to bring their dogs to work on the day and involves the community by hosting an online auction to benefit a pet-rescue organization. Since 2000, Village Green has raised more than $50,000 to help local pets in need through their TYDTWDay celebration.

 “I value that my company recognizes the role pets play in its employees’ lives and uses this fun celebration as a way to give back to our community,” explained Christine Eluskie, TYDTWDay event organizer at Village Green.”

Isn’t that just great? Do you have companies near you who participate in:

Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day® ?

Do you get to join your human at work?

Let me know in the comments below!



Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay®)

I had to laugh when I heard  today was Take Your Dog To Work Day…that in itself isn’t funny, Take Your Dog To Work Day is for a good cause.

Are you familiar with why this day exists?

From their website:

“First celebrated in 1999, Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay®) was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to supportTYDTWDay. Employers are encouraged to open their workplace to employees’ four-legged friends on this one special day.”

I think this is great!

Aside from joining their owners at work there are dogs with all sorts of jobs. There are:

  • Fire Dogs
  • Police Dogs
  • Service Dogs
  • Dogs in the Army
  • Performing Dogs
  • Hunting Dogs

All sorts of dogs have all sorts of jobs!

I am a Shetland Sheepdog and my breed is considered to be a “working” dog. It is only natural that I would go to work with my Mom.

What strikes me as funny is….my Mom HAS NO JOB!!! BOL! We live in Michigan remember? There ARE NO JOBS IN MICHIGAN!

Mom calls blogging “working from home” whatevah!!! Between you and I, I see her pounding the keyboard in Words With Friends more than I see her working.

SOMEBODY has to bring home the bacon! BONES!

So what do ya think? Ya think I look “business-like” enough to go to work?

I thought so!

Now…if we could just find Mom a job I’d be all set!

Whatever your “job” is, help spread the word about Take Your Dog To Work Day ok?

Barks and licks and love, Dakota