By Christy Strawser
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) They’re your constant weekend companion, your best friend — and why would you ever want to be away from them?
Turns out, at least Friday, you won’t have to leave them behind.
It’s annual “Take Your Dog To Work Day.”
Pet Sitters International founded the event in 1999 as a way to “celebrate the great companions dogs make and encourage their adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies.”
Businesses, even those that aren’t usually dog friendly, are urged to throw open the doors for canine companions. Thousands of offices and job sites are expected to participate.
Village Green Property Management in Detroit is an ardent supporter of the event, choosing a celebration theme every year and asking employees to contribute a fee in exchange for bringing their dog to work. The money goes to charity.
There’s a dog parade through the office with pooches in costume, and pets are welcome all day in each of the eight Village Green regional offices. “It’s festive, it’s a relaxed day, it’s a heart-opening day,” said Village Green Director of Public Relations Roger Tertocha. “We’re all attached to our pets, this is a chance to share more of your life with your co-workers.”
“The best thing about it is that’s a fun day,” he added.
Since 2000, the company has contributed more than $50,000 to help local pets in need.
“It’s not just about bringing dogs into the office. it’s about bringing awareness to the plight of dogs that are in kennels and the value of adopting dogs that could be euthanized,” Tertocha said.
Pet Sitters offers seven tips for a successful “Take Your Dog To Work Day” including keeping your pet on a leash, using a baby gate at your door, planning regular “outings” to ensure no carpet accidents, bringing treats and water, never bringing a pet or people aggressive dog to the workplace, and making sure you have an exit strategy.