For centuries, man has kept his faithful canine companion by his side; assisting in the herding of his livestock, clearing the rodents from his buildings, and keeping a watchful eye over his family and property. Humans spent countless generations molding and domesticating our untamed friends, turning them from a wild predator into our trusted, best friends.
Dogs had walked beside us for many years, as our daily companions and protectors, but the modern world has changed that. We no longer need our dogs to keep the cattle from wondering because we just buy our beef and milk at the grocery store. We have no use for our furry friend pulling carts or plows since most of us no longer have fields to till. The conveniences of the modern world have allowed our faithful friends an opportunity to relax and we no longer require them to assist us in our livelihoods. While it is true that there are still plenty of animals out there who have “jobs” and do work with their humans every day, more than 89.7 million dogs are just our pets now. The canine companions, who had walked beside us daily, are now home alone while we work in office buildings and spend hours in traffic.
In 1996, Pet Sitters International had a thought; since all of these animals were home alone while their “parents” were at work, why not have a special day where your can bring your pet TO work with you?
Now, more than 20 years later, “Take Your Dog to Work Day” is celebrated by more than 5,000 companies across the United States as a way to encourage employers and employees to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet communities.
If you would like to learn more about Pet Sitters International or how your company can participate, please visit Pet Sitters International today!