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It’s Take Your Dog To Work Day!

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Sara Greenberg and Roxie (WWJ Photo/Sandra McNeil)

Sara Greenberg and Roxie (WWJ Photo/Sandra McNeil)

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DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) - Are you already at work? Then you may need to turn around and pick up something you forgot — your best friend.

Today is ‘Take Your Dog To Work Day.”

According to Pet Sitters International, the first official ‘Take Your Dog To Work Day” happened in 1999 and has grown to the point that thousands of pet companions are expected to leash up and pack their pet on the way to  work today. In 2005, more than 37,000 owners downloaded information about the event.

At the offices of Trade First near Detroit, where Sara Greenberg’s Vizsla, Roxie, puts in a full day every day.

“My husband passed away two-and-a-half years ago and I brought her to work,” Greenberg told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Sandra McNeil. “I came back the next day without the dog and they made me go get the dog — and she’s been here ever since.”

The popular pooch spends the day wandering the halls and being fed treats. Roxie even goes in when Greenberg is on vacation.

Co-worker Robin Benson says Roxie is a real stress-reliever. “And when she’s not here, I’m lonely.”

Over the top? Consider this: A poll by the American Animal Hospital Association the same year found that 33 percent of owners call home during the day so their pets can hear their voice.

The goal of Take Your Dog To Work is to “celebrate the great companions dogs make and to promote pet adoptions from shelters, humane societies and rescue groups.”

In terms of logistics, Pet Sitters International says pet owners are legally responsible for any injury or damage caused by their pet, adding, “Employers should check with their insurer to ensure that their general liability policy covers the event and specific guidelines should be in place for employees who plan to bring dogs.”

And common sense always comes first. If your dog is unfriendly — ever — to other pets or people, leave them at home. Celebrate by bringing in a photo.

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