Bring Your Dog To Work Day Is Next Week
Back when we were at school, we all used to get extremely overexcited about the odd non-uniform day. But now we're all grown up and cynical, the prospect of a 'dress down Friday' doesn't quite stoke up the same sort of enthusiasm.
One day of the year that can reignite a childlike level of giddiness, though, is Bring Your Dog To Work Day. If you've never heard of it, I trust its title is sufficient explanation of what it entails.
The beautiful day takes place next Friday, 21 June, and has been running since 2014 when it was founded by dog care retailers, Hownd.
Sadly, it is not mandatory that all employers respect the sanctity of the day, so you may want to ask nicely now/get your notice written up in case they say no.
If your boss is the kind of person who doesn't generally approve of harmless fun and positive morale in the workplace, then perhaps you could win them over by pointing out that the day is also about raising money for charity.
"Practise Makes Pawfect" June 21st is #BringYourDogToWorkDay Dudley's pawfecting his position as #TeamTrustedTopDog @BringDog2WorkUK #petsitting #dogsitting pic.twitter.com/IxisTaLlFR
- TrustedHousesitters (@Housesitting) June 12, 2019
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The idea is that people who take part donate to All Dogs Matter, which rescues and rehomes abandoned dogs, or to Animals Asia, a charity devoted to ending the practice of bear bile farming, as well as improving the welfare of dogs and cats in China and Vietnam.
Companies that take part are encouraged to donate £100 and will receive a shout-out online, while individuals who donate a tenner can upload a pic of their pooch at work to their 'Dog with a Job Hall of Fame'.
Happy Monday! :dog::feet:Want your dog to join Arthur in the #BringYourDogToWorkDay Hall of Fame? Upload your 'pooch selfie' and tell us about your dog's job. Just a £10 donation. In aid of @AllDogsMatter and @AnimalsAsiaUK Organised by @DogsLoveHownd https://t.co/n576aIpnkC pic.twitter.com/DlYmgpn86V
- BringYourDog2WorkDay (@BringDog2WorkUK) June 10, 2019
And if your boss is the kind of heartless bastard who doesn't care about workplace morale or charity, then you can try and win them around in the only way that works - by telling them it will be good for the company.
Numerous studies have shown that having dogs in the workplace can benefit a business, namely by reducing stress, bonding teams and improving health, which of course means fewer sickies.
Of course, if you're one of those people who has somehow wangled it so that you get to take your dog to work every day, please just be quiet about your superior life. Please.
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