Category Archives: Pets in the Workplace

How to Get Your Press Release Noticed

Episode 3 of Your Pet Business video blog. Tips and Advice on How to Get Your Press Release noticed from Clay Jackson, Deputy News Editor of Pet Product News and Veterinary Practice News.

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Happy April Fools Day!

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Has someone put your stapler in a Jello mold? Are you plotting your revenge right now? Well if you need some inspiration, check out how the biggest websites and companies have attempted to dupe Americans today as we celebrate April Fools’ Day.

MORE: Google’s Greatest April Fools’ Hoax Ever (Hint: It Wasn’t a Hoax)

MORE: The White House Wishes You a Happy April

WATCH:YouTube Announces It Will Shut Down

Google freaked out viral video lovers by announcing that YouTube will shut down. It also rolled out new products like Google Nose, “the new scentsation in search,” and “Treasure Maps,” based on a pirate map pulled out of the Indian Ocean during an “underwater Street View expedition.”

Twitter joked that basic users can only tweet with consonants; to use vowels, they will have to pay $5 a month.

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Dogs in the Workforce

The term “working like a dog” takes on a whole new meaning if you work at a company that lets you bring your pooch with you to the office. According to the The American Pet Product Manufacturers Association (APPMA), nearly 1 in 5 American companies allow pets in the workplace which equates to nearly 1.4 million people bringing their pup to work with them every day. Several studies have found that having a pet in the office can lead to better workplace environments and more trust between co-workers. Many companies don’t allow dogs for numerous reasons (allergies, landlord rules, liability reasons, etc.) but it does seem like bringing your pooch to work is a growing trend. Sorry, friends of felines; unless your office is in your home, the chances of bringing your kitty to work are very slim. Check out some of the offices that allow our four-legged friends free roam in the office:

Google:

Straight out of their code of conduct, “Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture.” Unfortunately they feel as though the Google offices would be too much stress on cats, so they claim they’re strictly a dog company.

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10Yetis: PR Agency:

Hugo, owned by the co-owners of the agency provides office entertainment nearly everyday. They say he’s an awesome icebreaker for new people coming into the office – did you ever think of having a dog in the office for that reason?

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Designers Management Agency in Soho:

Lucy, their office pooch is extremely well behaved and peaceful but still acts as a great watch dog when the UPS delivery man comes bustling through the freight elevator doors. She looks like a piece of art, doesn’t she?

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Build-A-Bear Workshop: 

The company’s love for animals goes beyond the shelves at Build-A-Bear. Employees who work at the World Bearquarters (headquarters) can bring the pups to work with them. Wonder if having the friendly guys in the office contribute to Build-A-Bear making Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to work for?

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Ben & Jerry’s:

Rambo was originally a stray in the neighborhood, his love of ice led him to the right home! Sean Greenwood, public relations spokesperson for the company describes what visitors may see when they visit the company, it’s not uncommon to see dogs roaming around the office space.

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Bhava Communications:

Define Center of Attention: Meet Lucas. He makes friends with anyone entering the doors at Bhava Communications and clearly doesn’t have a problem sitting front and center on the desks of their employees.

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Clif Bar & Company:

With the company’s heavy focus on environmentalism and spending time outdoors it’s no surprise pets are more than welcome in their office. Often times there may be as many as 20 dogs running around the Emeryville, CA office! Never a dull moment.

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WellPet

At WellPet, the natural pet food and treats maker more than 30 dogs came to the office on Take Your Dog to Work Day last year. They were all treated to professional doggy portraits, a grooming station and games.

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Bissell:

It’s no coincidence that a Bissell (vacuum) is a necessity when you’ve got a house full of pets. The company has a special space inside their office called The Bissell Pet Spot with indoor kennels, a bathing station and an outdoor play area. Wonder if they test out their products in there after a week of dog play?

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Last But Not Least:

Not sure where this one is, but anyone that can get their dog to take care of business while at the office is worthy of coming with them to work by all means.

For future reference, June 22nd is Take Your Dog to Work Day!

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Meet Kayla, our Client Service Associate… aka our Cat Expert

Hey guys, meet Kayla. Kayla is one of Chicago Pet Video’s newest employees where she heads up our client services and relations. As the “resident cat expert,” she’s clearly a huge cat lover and we wanted to take a moment to introduce you to her very own, Jaspurr.

Pet’s name and age: Jaspurr, 3 years old

Breed: Domestic Short Haired Tabby

Three words to describe your pet: Curious, clingy, funny

What stood out to you when picking them from the liter? He was a rescue, and when I picked him up, he started eating my hair, so I knew he was super friendly. He also had an adorable heart shaped nose.

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Most unique trait: His heart shaped nose, that had to be operated on, so now he has a crooked heart shaped nose; he also likes to sleep on his back and loves to get his nails trimmed

Ideal day (activities): sleep, play wrestle with his little sister, Ginny, have a human watch him eat, climb in and out of boxes, chew on cardboard, watch the world from a window seat, and play in his tunnel

Biggest guilty pleasure: eating popcorn

Worst habit: waking people up in the morning by pawing at and chewing on paper

Best trick: he knows “sit” and he has a sweet jump!

Favorite outfit: His Illini jersey, of course

All time favorite thing about your pet: He always sleeps cuddled up next to me, and he greets me when I come home!

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Quite the perfect pair!

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