Boris the Pomeranian makes himself comfortable atop a desk in this office. (Photo: John Lambert Pearson/Flickr)
We are sure that most people are aware by now that the week following Father's Day is Take Your Pet To Work Week. The week includes Take Your Cat to Work Day on Monday and Take Your Dog To Work Day on Friday. This nationally recognized, secular holiday was conceived by Pet Sitters International and has been celebrated the Friday following Father's Day since 1999. Office petiquette articles are published early across the internet in hopes of keeping water-cooler caterwauls to a minimum and, on the day of the event, photo contests and pet product giveaways promote every pet product business in the pipeline.
The story goes that PetSitters International conceived of this holiday in order to promote animal adoption. This is a wonderful cause and one that we at LeisureEase, LLC support both in business and as adoptive pet owners. However, I believe I just might be onto another reason this market savvy group decreed today a national holiday.
I am fortunate enough to work from my home office every single day. And it is filled with furry loved ones every single day. And this is how my day flows every single day:
- Prioritize days tasks
- Take the dog out
- Read my emails
- Separate a cat fight
- Make some phone calls
- Feed the dog
Well, you see where I am going with this.
I have decided that taking your pets to work for even one day is a sure-fire way to reinforce the value of your pet sitter! Marketing geniuses, right?
From now on, I think am going to celebrate National Take Your Dog to Work Day by hiring a pet sitter.