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(Telegraph)   Increasing number of workplaces allowing employees to bring their dogs to work. Because nothing says "professional" like 20 dogs barking, fighting and crapping on the rugs in the conference room   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 183
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2008-09-16 10:24:18 AM  
As long as they leave their damned children at home, I am fine with this.

/This practice will come to a screeching halt as soon as the first Muslim complaint comes in.
 
2008-09-16 10:24:34 AM  
It's bad enough when my dog either snores behind me or lies down on the power strip near my feet, thus knocking me offline, on days I work at home. Considering he has that small dog mentality, where he has to tell off any dog that could eat him in one gulp, I'd hate to bring him to the office.

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/he's also in a bad mood because the NY Mutts Mets are having their usual September all will remember
 
2008-09-16 10:49:55 AM  
Because nothing says 'professional' like 20 dogs marketing guys barking, fighting and crapping on the rugs in the conference room
 
2008-09-16 11:06:46 AM  
This sucks. Wish they'd leave the kids at home too. Humph.
 
2008-09-16 11:23:21 AM  
Because nothing says 'professional' like 20 dogs marketing guysmanagers barking, fighting and crapping on the rugs in the conference room
 
2008-09-16 11:56:58 AM  
There isn't enough Zyrtec on earth for me to have a dog in my workplace.
 
2008-09-16 12:34:31 PM  
I would so love to be able to bring my babypuppy Marley to work with me. Now that she's been spayed, she has settled down a lot.

dancininanson.net

How could you not love that face?
 
2008-09-16 01:22:58 PM  
Dear all the workers in the world,

Unless you're disabled, keep your goddamn dog at home. And your kids too, for that matter. If your dog can't stay at home, give it to someone who can take care of it. If you can't afford day care for your children, move somewhere smaller.

Thanks.
 
2008-09-16 01:24:04 PM  
My (well, Blue's) dog makes a lot more sense and better decisions than most of the mutts I work with. Bringing the dog to work would raise the tone of the place.
 
2008-09-16 01:24:35 PM  
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2008-09-16 01:55:35 PM  
If anyone in the office does that I want to bring my parrot. He has a knack for teaching dogs exactly where on the food chain they are vs him...*hint* he isn't at the bottom.
 
2008-09-16 01:56:22 PM  
I don't care as long as they don't steal my lunch.
 
2008-09-16 01:56:58 PM  
Until someone is allergic to dogs, let the lawsuits begin!

I have a cat/pig/fish/gerbil (but you can't see it)/llama/snake and I want to bring it to work too!
 
2008-09-16 01:57:21 PM  
At least they aren't bringing in cats.

/serpents with fur
 
2008-09-16 01:57:32 PM  
Cagey B: Dear all the workers in the world,

Unless you're disabled, keep your goddamn dog at home. And your kids too, for that matter. If your dog can't stay at home, give it to someone who can take care of it. If you can't afford day care for your children, move somewhere smaller.

Thanks.


But if your company says that it is cool, guess what... it is. Believe it or not, Subby most dogs are house trained and thus the pissing/crapping is not an issue. The dogs at our office are well-behaved and rarely anything but a calming influence.
 
2008-09-16 01:58:03 PM  
generaltimmy: Until someone is allergic to dogs, let the lawsuits begin!

I have a cat/pig/fish/gerbil (but you can't see it)/llama/snake and I want to bring it to work too!


The potential for getting bitten is a bigger concern.

Strange new environment filled with lots of people and dogs...
 
2008-09-16 01:58:15 PM  
People bring their dogs to work all the time where I work. Management has even provided "poop bags" near all the entrances to the building.

The company also buys all of us lunch (or has it catered) every day, and we receive free sodas, gatorade, energy drinks, etc. There is no dress code - I could literally come to work in my pajamas if I wanted.

Plus I get paid about 20% more than the average for this job for this area.

In short, this company owns and you all wish you worked here.
 
2008-09-16 01:59:28 PM  
factoryconnection: The dogs at our office are well-behaved and rarely anything but a calming influence.

obviously there's no Jack Russell terrorists in your office.

/2 Jacks (one puppy), a basset mix and a chihuahua
 
2008-09-16 01:59:41 PM  
generaltimmy: Until someone is allergic to dogs, let the lawsuits begin!

I have a cat/pig/fish/gerbil (but you can't see it)/llama/snake and I want to bring it to work too!


Unlike the government, companies don't have to be all-accomodating. Our recruiter makes it clear that dogs are welcome at the office; if someone was allergic it would be odd for them to come work here. And just because a company wants dogs doesn't mean that it has to tolerate any other type of animal.
 
2008-09-16 01:59:53 PM  
Dancin_In_Anson: I would so love to be able to bring my babypuppy Marley to work with me. Now that she's been spayed, she has settled down a lot.



How could you not love that face?


Because she sucked as the star of that Sex in The City crapfest?

Just kidding, cute pup.

Man I have two super annoying and territorial Samoyeds. I could just imagine how happy all my office mates would be with their barking, growling, and hair shedding!
 
2008-09-16 02:00:01 PM  
My Choc Lab makes an annual visit for a day before x-mas - my boss is all for it - I just have to do it when the cow-worker nearby is not in (alergic) She rocks (my dog, not the cow-worker) and keeps my blood pressure lower too. Plus, who doesn't feel better after a visit with a happy Labrador?

/aside from some of the dolts in this tread.
//Gotta go find my chew toy now...
///SQUEAK
 
2008-09-16 02:00:37 PM  
Jester says:

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Suck it dog haters.
 
2008-09-16 02:01:19 PM  
 
2008-09-16 02:01:30 PM  
Only a matter of time . . .
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2008-09-16 02:01:32 PM  
jaldor: In short, this company owns and you all wish you worked here.

I'm quite alright working at a place that doesn't provide poop bags. Thanks.
 
2008-09-16 02:02:07 PM  
factoryconnection: if someone was allergic it would be odd for them to come work here.

I expect to see a lawsuit about that one on fark. I am guessing OSHA would like to have a word with your recruiter.
 
2008-09-16 02:02:48 PM  
FTA: Ziela Haider of the Blue Cross echoes the pluses of having an animal in the workplace. "It's really beneficial. During difficult periods at work, it makes you feel less stressed if you just stroke the dog," she says.

You know what else you can stroke to relieve stress?
 
2008-09-16 02:02:55 PM  
booger42: My Choc Lab makes an annual visit for a day before x-mas - my boss is all for it - I just have to do it when the cow-worker nearby is not in (alergic) She rocks (my dog, not the cow-worker) and keeps my blood pressure lower too. Plus, who doesn't feel better after a visit with a happy Labrador?

/aside from some of the dolts in this tread.
//Gotta go find my chew toy now...
///SQUEAK


I think you put an extra letter in there...oh...wait, I get it. You don't like them very much, do you?
 
2008-09-16 02:03:22 PM  
I had dogs at my workplace once.

It drove me nuts. Not the dogs, but the people who act like absolute retards around the dogs.

OHMADFSDMDSFG the dog is over here! lets talk loudly and in a weird voice to the dog for an uncomfortable 20 minutes.
 
2008-09-16 02:04:19 PM  
I work for a boarding/grooming/doggy day care facility. I wouldn't know what to do if there weren't any dogs barking, fighting, or crapping on the floor.

/employee's dogs are always welcome
 
2008-09-16 02:04:24 PM  
Magnir: Because she sucked as the star of that Sex in The City crapfest?

HA!

Just kidding, cute pup.

Thanks...She's my Grand Puppy. The kid in college got her (you know where this is headed) and she kept chewing up one of the roomie's stuff. I think he had been mean to her once and she knows how to hold a grudge. I don't mind. She's a great dog and when I took her bird hunting, she figured out why she was out there in less than 5 minutes. She's got "get the bird" down pat. She's a little foggy on"Bring here" and "give."
 
2008-09-16 02:04:58 PM  
How is that any different from most staff meetings?
 
2008-09-16 02:05:06 PM  
jaldor: People bring their dogs to work all the time where I work. Management has even provided "poop bags" near all the entrances to the building.

The company also buys all of us lunch (or has it catered) every day, and we receive free sodas, gatorade, energy drinks, etc. There is no dress code - I could literally come to work in my pajamas if I wanted.

Plus I get paid about 20% more than the average for this job for this area.

In short, this company owns and you all wish you worked here.


You forgot to mention how slowly but surely those perks will start to disapear until the company collapses.

But go ahead, enjoy it while you can.
 
2008-09-16 02:05:28 PM  
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2008-09-16 02:06:04 PM  
spleef420: obviously there's no Jack Russell terrorists in your office.

/2 Jacks (one puppy), a basset mix and a chihuahua


2 Parson Russel Terrier (mixes)
1 Schipperke
1 Briard
1 Black Lab

A few once-in-a-whiles beyond that. The one terrier is the most excitable but typically completely hidden in her owner's office; the other terrier is so calm he could be on Xanax for all I know. My Schipperke is the receptionist; she lets us know whenever a stranger enters the building and then quiets down on command. We don't have a real receptionist, so this is fairly practical.

The Black lab in the other building is quiet, sedate, and sweet. The Briard is big, hairy, friendly but earned itself a bad reputation for marking peoples' cubes. CEO's dog... what are you gonna do?

I did get bitten by one dog, a nasty little Chihuahua that actually drew blood. I was furious at the owner that brought him in. That was that dog's last visit.
 
2008-09-16 02:07:13 PM  
I confess, I'm not a fan of the practice. (Full disclosure - I like cats.) Yes, your labrador is adorable, but I don't want to be licked, whined at, sniffed at, or growled at. The smell of a dog may be heaven to you, but not to me. (The same goes for Perfume Lady and Cologne Man, who believe that if you can't smell them from 5 feet away, they need to put more on.)

As for stress relief...that's what Fark is for!
 
2008-09-16 02:07:20 PM  
This is why I hate Paris Hilton. I don't care if she's a vapid whore (attention- or sex-wise), I hate that she made dragging you dog everywhere trendy to the point were it's now socially acceptable.

Leave your mutt at home.
 
2008-09-16 02:08:04 PM  
Cagey B: Dear all the workers in the world,

Unless you're disabled, keep your goddamn dog at home. And your kids too, for that matter. If your dog can't stay at home, give it to someone who can take care of it. If you can't afford day care for your children, move somewhere smaller.

Thanks.


1,000x This.

I am a dog lover. I just can't stand the kind of people who have to have their dogs with them 24x7. I encountered a huge bull dog in Home Depot one day that had taken a dump right in the isle. The smell almost made me puke. Another time I had gone to my wife's office and someone had brought their dog in and, yep you guessed it, it had taken a dump and stunk up the entire place.
 
2008-09-16 02:10:22 PM  
gopher321: Because nothing says 'professional' like 20 dogs marketing guysmanagers asian girls barking, fighting and crapping on the rugs in 1 cup in the conference room
 
2008-09-16 02:11:38 PM  
my wife brings our dog in sometimes.

but, it's a very small office of about 6 people, and he generally behaves himself, and the boss likes him.

she keeps him penned in the cube, and he just hangs out.

i realize this is the exception, rather than the rule.

and i can see how this would annoy people.
 
2008-09-16 02:12:26 PM  
If your dog is just like you child then put some damn clothes on it you pervert!
 
2008-09-16 02:12:28 PM  
My aunt used to work in an office where dogs were allowed. Even though she was allergic to dogs, she tolerated the office conditions for quite some time simply because she enjoyed the work she was given, the pay was good, it was a good career move, etcetera. One day, a coworker's dog crapped on the carpet in her office. Later that day, she quit.

/I know this souds remotely troll-like, but I swear it's true
 
2008-09-16 02:12:50 PM  
mrtron: I had dogs at my workplace once.

It drove me nuts. Not the dogs, but the people who act like absolute retards around the dogs.

OHMADFSDMDSFG the dog is over here! lets talk loudly and in a weird voice to the dog for an uncomfortable 20 minutes.


This, oh so much this.

I have no problem with the dogs, but they seem to make everyone else in the building freaking retarded.

Also, if people are bringing their dogs to work, I'm bringing my tarantulas and wolf spiders and whip scorpions, and letting them run loose too.
 
2008-09-16 02:13:01 PM  
tweekster: I expect to see a lawsuit about that one on fark. I am guessing OSHA would like to have a word with your recruiter.

WTF are you talking about? Would you expect OSHA to fine PetSmart recruiters for mentioning that dogs are welcome? Would you expect someone with a serious dog allergy to go work at the SPCA?

Your point... I don't see it.
 
2008-09-16 02:13:21 PM  
DROxINxTHExWIND: At least they aren't bringing in cats.

/serpents with fur


Beat me to it. Especially those really long haired cats which I'm convinced were put on this earth to spread misery in the form of sneezing and swollen eyes.

Zyrtec takes care of most allergies but you feel like someone slipped you a roofie.
 
2008-09-16 02:15:02 PM  
oh yeah, great idea.

while we are at it, we should have people bring their dream catchers, drum sets, and ping pong tables to work... anything loud, annoying, or just down right disruptive... sounds great. bring em in.

not to mention people who are allergic to animals... no need for them to not suffer.
 
2008-09-16 02:16:13 PM  
pxlboy: my wife brings our dog in sometimes. but, it's a very small office of about 6 people, and he generally behaves himself, and the boss likes him. she keeps him penned in the cube, and he just hangs out. i realize this is the exception, rather than the rule, and i can see how this would annoy people.

I wrote the dog policy at my office. They are to be leashed or penned-in to an office at all times. If they fight, they get banned for good.

If people are commenting from the point of view that employees' dogs just wander around doing whatever wherever than I definitely see your point.

This isn't 'Nam... there are rules.
 
2008-09-16 02:16:23 PM  
I wish I could bring my dog to work. He would love it. So would I.

And I want to bring him shopping at Sam's and the mall, and to the billiard hall.
 
2008-09-16 02:16:33 PM  
factoryconnection: tweekster: I expect to see a lawsuit about that one on fark. I am guessing OSHA would like to have a word with your recruiter.

WTF are you talking about? Would you expect OSHA to fine PetSmart recruiters for mentioning that dogs are welcome? Would you expect someone with a serious dog allergy to go work at the SPCA?

Your point... I don't see it.


Unless you work for the SPCA you really don't have a point.

Air quality is a factor regulated by OSHA, and if you are in an office environment you can bet there would be liability issues when it comes to allowing lots of dogs into the place.

A normal non dog related company would never get away with the "well if you are allergic to dogs you shouldn't work here" that your recruiter is attempting.
 
2008-09-16 02:16:46 PM  
Odin will commandeer his own cubicle:

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Seriously though, I would consider being allowed to bring my dog to work a major factor in deciding to join a company. I wish there were more places like it.
 
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