Labor Day Inspiration

I featured this  last Labor Day, I love it and wanted to feature it again. Dakota, being a “working” dog, particularly appreciates it. Happy Labor Day! 

 

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)

CAN YOU FIND DAKOTA?

take your dog to work day dakota under table 2

MAY I GO AND 

VISIT MY FURIEND’S BLOGS NOW?

take your dog to work day dakota standing by table

AREN’T YOU DONE YET?

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!

 

 

Book Review: “Dogs Of Courage” by Lisa Rogak

I was honored to be given the opportunity to review Dogs Of Courage by Lisa Rogak.

Dogs of Courage is “the heroism and heart of working dogs around the world.”

Prior to reading this information packed book I was under the mistaken assumption that only certain breeds with certain “jobs” could be considered to be “dogs of courage.” I never suspected that a Chihuahua, or for that matter a Sheltie, would be a dog that could ever  earn the title of  Dogs Of Courage.  That mistaken thought reveals the cat lover in me, and shows just how much learning that I need to do to truly better  understand DOGS. Of course I LOVE dogs but I do admit that I am far less well versed about all things dog, than I am about all things CAT.

Photo Courtesy of macmillan

Photo Courtesy of macmillan

I never realized until reading  Dogs Of Courage, that EVERY dog has the potential of being a “dog of courage” regardless of their breed, size or particular talent.

From Dogs Of Courage: While we smile (and cry) when we hear stories on the news about courageous dogs, we rarely learn “Why dogs go out of their way to help us.” and “how do they get that way? How are dogs able to perform tasks and work in tandem with the humans who are their partners?” Dogs of Courage answers those questions and many more.

What Is a Dog of Courage?

It could be your next door neighbor’s dog, it could be a dog that works with police or fire, a dog trained as a therapy dog in a nursing home or hospital, a dog that works in a prison, even a movie star dog such as Lassie.  A “dog of courage” can have any one of a number of jobs that you will delight in reading about in full detail in this marvelous book.

Did you know?

  • That the smallest police dog in the world is an 8 lb Chihuahua named Midge who hails from Geauga County, Ohio?  Midge has appeared on the Rachael Ray Show, Fox and Friends, CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets.
  • That many arson investigators and insurance companies think that Labrador retrievers are the best dogs for arson work?
  • That Newfoundlands are considered to be the best breed for water work?
  • That a Collie named “Kira” works as a psychiatric service dog?

Being from Michigan, I was particularly intrigued reading about a Golden Retriever named Landon who was brought into a family to help their 10-year-old autistic son, David.  Landon was acquired from Paws with a Cause, a nonprofit organization in Wayland, Michigan that trains assistance dogs to help people with disabilities. Landon ended up helping David with his communication skills and enabled him to open up more. Landon also helped David be better able to fall asleep at night just by being by his side.

I urge you to buy this wonderful book. If you are an educator, this would be a marvelous book to use as a learning tool in the classroom to teach students about how important dogs are in our lives, not just as our trusted and playful companions, but to enable students to learn about  the many jobs that a dog may have and how important they are in helping us to better function in our  daily existence.

From the publisher St.Martin’s Press: Dogs of Courage reveals the heartwarming and awe-inspiring stories of these hard-working dogs, from the training they receive to the ways we honor their sacrifices and reward their years of service.  Dogs Of Courage is an incredible story of the vital role that dogs play as working heroes, it is a must-read for animal-lovers everywhere.

About the Author:

Lisa Rogak is the author of The Dogs Of War: The Courage, Love and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs, the Edgar-and Anthony-nominated Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King, A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein,  and And Nothing But the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert. She is also editor of the New York Times-bestselling Barack Obama in His Own Words.

ISBN: 1-250-02176-6

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