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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 03:16:37 PM  
farkledoodledoo: This picture was taken of me and my buddy Kaiser at work:

How you doin! Get rid of her, we'll play frisbee.
 
2008-09-16 03:16:50 PM  
farkledoodledoo: This picture was taken of me and my buddy Kaiser at work:

*checks profile*

WHOA! I would Roger you sideways.!*

*I mean introduce you to my friend Roger, you perv.
ROGER IS MY PENIS!
 
2008-09-16 03:17:33 PM  
Dinjiin: How do you handle people with allergies to dogs? How about people who fear dogs for whatever reason?

I would think that you have an ADA issue on your hands.


Good questions all, but we have no issue on our hands... all that ADA requires is "reasonable accommodation." Our company has both formal and informal complaint processes, including that spelled out in the dog policy. If no one is so afflicted, then there is no problem. My assumption, since I'm not in charge, is that the company would accommodate employee needs if it arose. The fear thing hasn't come up either, but the dogs are required to be on leash or penned into offices.

ADA also applies only to companies of a certain size, of which we aren't one... thus no elevators.

We also have beer in the fridge... which could be a problem for alcoholics. I don't complain, though ;)
 
2008-09-16 03:18:16 PM  
airsupport:

That's where the problem arises, deary. They will.


Somewhere there's the sound of one farker flapping.
 
2008-09-16 03:18:43 PM  
airsupport: farkledoodledoo: frepnog: to farkedoodledoo -


I thought people might enjoy it.

That's where the problem arises, deary. They will.


meh. it's from my honeymoon.
 
2008-09-16 03:20:29 PM  
factoryconnection: Why would you expect animals at PetSmart? Because you're told that they are there before you start your employment, right?

no, because it's a pet store. They sell cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, snakes, lizards, crabs, turtles...you'd expect to be surrounded by animals all day every day. Unless you work in a pet-centric environment leave the pet at home...hell, even if you do work in a pet-centric environment leave your pet at home. It's an unnecessary and avoidable distraction.
 
2008-09-16 03:22:08 PM  
farkledoodledoo:
I thought people might enjoy it.


Thank you and I do enjoy it, where is that beach?
 
2008-09-16 03:23:10 PM  
jynxyu: farkledoodledoo:
I thought people might enjoy it.

Thank you and I do enjoy it, where is that beach?


Maui.
 
2008-09-16 03:23:12 PM  
scarmig: It's just weird.

I second the question and the puzzlement.


My dog is 11 pounds and while she looks fit as a fox, she also looks fairly punt-able. I've noticed a disproportionate number of black people are scared sh*tless of her. My dog doesn't pull at the leash, bark at people on the street, or growl, but I've seen full-grown, 250-lb adults that jump at the sight of her as if they'd just encountered a Bengal tiger!

So I asked a black dude, and Paul Mooney said that black people are scared of dogs because of the scary-ass dogs that other black people like to own. Fair enough... ever since that Chihuahua bit me I've had this suspicion of all Chihuahuas as biters. I suppose if every dog I'd met as a child was some hard-ass pit bull or rottweiler then I'd be jumpy, too.

/Cue "that's racist" kid
 
2008-09-16 03:23:24 PM  
farkledoodledoo: meh. it's from my honeymoon

Damn.
 
2008-09-16 03:25:05 PM  
farkledoodledoo: frepnog: to farkedoodledoo -

i would think about taking that photo out of your profile.

smokin' hot.

just some free advice from a fellow alabamian.

I thought people might enjoy it.


I just enjoyed it.... twice
 
Oak
2008-09-16 03:25:43 PM  
Sleepingrusty: What about my guys?

They're really blurry.
 
2008-09-16 03:26:47 PM  
scarmig: HBK: Serious question: Why do a lot of Asians and especially Indians hate/fear dogs?

There are a lot of Indians and Asians in my apartment complex, and they will walk across the parking lot rather than come near my dog. I had my dog in the stairwell one time when a neighbor was walking down the stairs. The neighbor damn near had a panic attack.

It's just weird.

I second the question and the puzzlement.


in India dogs are a luxury. a luxury that most can't afford unless you're pretty well to do. so most of it is just lack of knowledge of the animal. also there are a lot of strays in India so if you encounter a dog in the motherland you should be wary unless its on a leash.
 
2008-09-16 03:27:08 PM  
farkledoodledoo: frepnog: to farkedoodledoo -

i would think about taking that photo out of your profile.

smokin' hot.

just some free advice from a fellow alabamian.

I thought people might enjoy it.



Pay no attention to the person behind the curtain. We all LOVE the photo...

Well, I sure do.
 
2008-09-16 03:27:09 PM  
spleef420: no, because it's a pet store. They sell cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, snakes, lizards, crabs, turtles...you'd expect to be surrounded by animals all day every day. Unless you work in a pet-centric environment leave the pet at home...hell, even if you do work in a pet-centric environment leave your pet at home. It's an unnecessary and avoidable distraction.

Is it a distraction? My company says "no." Any time that I spend tending to my dog (walk, water, pats) is spent ten-fold by the smokers outside.

Believe it or not, our dog-friendly policy is a perk and attracts people to our business!

Your opinion is your own, but I'd respect it if I had to share an office with you. None of my office mates have raised any issue in 18 months.
 
2008-09-16 03:28:34 PM  
"jynxyu: farkledoodledoo:
I thought people might enjoy it.

Thank you and I do enjoy it, where is that beach?"


there was a beach in in that photo? where? i didn't see it....
 
2008-09-16 03:31:51 PM  
I took my dog to work and he shiat down the hallway. I didn't know it until an intern told me about it. Iwent to look and sure enough: LOGS.
 
2008-09-16 03:33:07 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.


well my company provides monthly massages, has bbq's with beer, and let me fail my piss test. so there :)

/no happy endings on the massages tho :(
 
2008-09-16 03:36:11 PM  
I've turned down jobs because of their "dog friendly" policies.
 
2008-09-16 03:36:40 PM  
factoryconnection: hasty ambush: Dogs at work? What the heck for; as lunch?

/They are animals not people, not family and not your little baby
//Leave them and your spawn at home so that the more productive of us can get some work done.
///Yes I am on Fark but I am at home-work compressed shifts.

Your central argument is that dogs are a distraction and reduce productivity. My dog is a pet, not a person... I have no illusions. And I'm just as productive when she's here as when she isn't. You also diluted your point by using the "I'm so cool," hipster epithet for children. Not as edgy or hardcore as "crotchfruit," but we know what you meant.

And you're farking at work, too so lay off the lectures.


If you are taking care of your dog you are not working.

Only open internet access at work is in the cafeteria kiosk so that would limit farking at work access to lunch and break providing you find and open terminal. All other access it through assigned accounts with monthly use reports to the boss. Not a lot of farking going on at my work. Company is strict on useage.

However, reportedly, there is a clandestine ping pong league on the night shift at the company fittness center.
Sadly this does not prevent address to all birth announcments. Nodoubt this will be joined by my dog had puppies announcements filling the in box.
 
2008-09-16 03:38:47 PM  
Kaeishiwaza: Jester says:

Suck it dog haters.



ditto.

i486.photobucket.com

my G-Dog.

/he'd rather be at home playing outside than in an office all day
 
2008-09-16 03:42:50 PM  
i2.photobucket.com


apologies to farkedoodledoo
 
2008-09-16 03:44:39 PM  
I've snuck my dog into work many times. Easy enough since I usually work alone most of the time, but even so, she's well trained enough that it's no problem when there's others.

img105.imageshack.us
(from a photoshop contest, but the photo of my dog in the doorway is real)

It should be the same for dogs as for kids. I raised this dog so no one would ever have grounds to complain about her behavior. If a dog is well behaved enough, having the dog at work should not be a problem for anyone except for allergies. I willingly left my dog home for a couple years because of an allergic contractor, not even risking leaving a few hairs behind to bother her. In stores, I often get compliments from shopkeepers that she's BETTER behaved than many kids.

But if a dog is not that well behaved, he/she shouldn't be there. Same for kids.
 
2008-09-16 03:44:45 PM  
GanjSmokr: Kaeishiwaza: Jester says:

Suck it dog haters.


ditto.



my G-Dog.

/he'd rather be at home playing outside than in an office all day


My dogs love to come to work with me. Here's a picture of Kaila sitting behind my desk. You can see how distracting she is, what with all that activity that she's doing.

i4.photobucket.com
 
2008-09-16 03:45:09 PM  
of all the coworkers at my last job the dogs were the best. the bad ones never came back and the good ones just made life better. i miss vance the most though.
/giant pit bull
//taught him how to high five.
 
2008-09-16 03:47:21 PM  
jaldor
... please tell me where you work.. it sounds like paradise...
 
2008-09-16 03:47:40 PM  
BTW, she takes very little time from my work. She just follows me around the building while I do it and is taught to automatically lay down beside me when I sit down. I use hand signals so I can tell her what to do even while on the phone and the other person won't know I have company. If I drop my paperwork, she even hands it back to me, LOL.
 
2008-09-16 04:00:10 PM  
hasty ambush: If you are taking care of your dog you are not working.

I've already addressed this point in this thread. Any time occupied by my dog is confined to breaks and is greatly exceeded by smokers, FFL fanatics, and other nonsense around here.

What "care" do you think is required? All my dog does is sleep and let me know when there's a visitor. I walk her on breaks.

This situation is workable, and like others have pointed out: good dog owners will not let their dogs be a distraction. Good managers will ensure this is so.

Sarcastrophe, aren't you glad that the companies that you've turned down let you know in advance that they were "dog friendly?" Good on you for not putting yourself into a situation where you'd resent your coworkers.
 
2008-09-16 04:01:48 PM  
Dancin_In_Anson: farkledoodledoo: This picture was taken of me

Dancin_In_Anson: How are YOU doin'?

*checks her profile*

No, really...*rower!*...How ya doin'?


THIS.

Cripes I really need to click more profiles.
 
2008-09-16 04:08:51 PM  
I walked through the door into my office one weekend and a big dog came running at me, barking loudly. Needless to say I was quite startled. The company now has a "no dogs" policy.
 
2008-09-16 04:09:28 PM  
"docbenspock :
of all the coworkers at my last job the dogs were the best. the bad ones never came back and the good ones just made life better. i miss vance the most though.
/giant pit bull
//taught him how to high five."


when i read that i heard it in Morgan Freeman's voice.
 
2008-09-16 04:09:56 PM  
DaScribbler: Cripes I really need to click more profiles.

Just keep some precautionary eye bleach handy.

You've been warned...
 
2008-09-16 04:15:55 PM  
My boss brings in his sniveling shiatzu (should be spelled shiatpoo) every other week or so, and it's an annoying slobbering hyper rat that just reaks and has this horrible habit of licking the carpet all around my desk, making the office stink even more. I hate that dog. With a passion. And I'm not the only one, all the other staff feel the same way, but the boss also OWNS the company so what can we do?? Oh, the times I've felt like kicking it across the room. Normally I like dogs, but there is just something wrong with this creature, just is not normal.
 
2008-09-16 04:16:01 PM  
My current company is my most favorite by far, we have a 'no kids' rule, as it is too dangerous to have them here, and we work with x-rays and radiation. And to keep from having the whine fest about why can some people bring their kids and others cannot (the office workers could in actuality bring their kids and there would be no danger) it is a company wide policy. Not sure about dogs, probably the same policy. Which I suppose is for the best, because my baby Molly is such a fan of people (kind of ironic that she is my dog) that she would spend her day crying until everyone had come over to see her and pet her and scratch her bum....oh and other dogs and kids she would just have a complete melt down. She just loves everybody.
 
2008-09-16 04:22:07 PM  
Frankly, I'd rather have dogs at work than middle-aged women.
 
2008-09-16 04:32:04 PM  
fernt: Frankly, I'd rather have dogs at work than middle-aged women.

Thread over.
 
2008-09-16 04:33:33 PM  
I farking hate dogs...this is a realization I came to quite recently. Always had dogs growing up, even owned a few on my own. After the last one died, I was upset for a while and then once I got over it, I realized that hey, I don't have that dog tying me down anymore...6 months later...I got a divorce.


/biatches.
 
2008-09-16 04:33:34 PM  
Boo - age 11.5
lh5.ggpht.com

Beep - age five
lh5.ggpht.com
 
2008-09-16 04:36:53 PM  
I came to this thread expecting a slew of doggie pictures, but instead I got a picture of a hot Farkette in a bikini on a beach in Maui.

Fark never disappoints. Good jorb.
 
2008-09-16 04:40:10 PM  
my boss said i could bring my dog to work.. but i haven't
 
2008-09-16 04:40:54 PM  
If it's good enough for the President of these here United States, then it's good enough for me!
www.vanityfair.com
"Down girl!"
 
2008-09-16 04:42:42 PM  
I like the idea, can't see it ever happening where I work though.
 
2008-09-16 04:49:40 PM  
Hal Jalykakik: I came to this thread expecting a slew of doggie pictures, but instead I got a picture of a hot Farkette in a bikini on a beach in Maui.

Fark never disappoints. Good jorb.


Here's me with a slew of doggies.

i4.photobucket.com
 
2008-09-16 04:51:02 PM  
Sleepingrusty:

Smelly. And they poop in any corner they can scamper off to. And they smell.
 
2008-09-16 04:53:33 PM  
Sleepingrusty:

And they look like weiner-rats with sharp teeth.

/ Did I mention they smell bad? 'Cause, they do.
 
2008-09-16 05:06:32 PM  
farkledoodledoo: Hal Jalykakik: I came to this thread expecting a slew of doggie pictures, but instead I got a picture of a hot Farkette in a bikini on a beach in Maui.

Fark never disappoints. Good jorb.

Here's me with a slew of doggies.


Damn, a two-for-one! It is definitely my lucky day!

Now to take my life savings and blow it all on scratch-n-win lottery tickets. I'm on a roll!
 
2008-09-16 05:09:46 PM  
I wish I could have a dog at the office. I have two psycho cats that I would NEVER subject others to, so a dog would be nice. But I'd get nothing done. I'd be the obxoxious middle-aged woman who should also be banned from offices, talking in that syrupy voice to the dog all day long. You fellow farkers have me pegged. Scary...

Love dogs. Wish I had one. Jealous of all of you posting your dog pics....
 
2008-09-16 05:10:27 PM  
I would rather work with dogs than the some of the stinky non-handwashing whiney smokers I work with.
 
2008-09-16 05:13:56 PM  
We had a lady at a previous job with a seeing-eye dog, a lab I think. My company could have listed that dog as a company benefit. It pretty much sat under her desk all day. It was the department therapy dog. When I would have a bad day, I'd go spend 15 minutes petting the dog, and suddenly the world was alright again.

But, that dog had training in how to behave in public. I think I'd be okay with dogs in the workplace if the owners had to prove the dog had taken an obedience course, and had it's shots and all that good stuff. Then there would be a trial period or something, and if after a few times your dog can't handle it, no dog.

But, if you let dogs in the workplace, you open a door for some guys pet snake, or cat, or ferret.. (I like ferrets, a friend of mine is a ferret foster mommy.)
 
2008-09-16 05:26:10 PM  
TechieSidhe: We had a lady at a previous job with a seeing-eye dog, a lab I think. My company could have listed that dog as a company benefit. It pretty much sat under her desk all day. It was the department therapy dog. When I would have a bad day, I'd go spend 15 minutes petting the dog, and suddenly the world was alright again.

But, that dog had training in how to behave in public. I think I'd be okay with dogs in the workplace if the owners had to prove the dog had taken an obedience course, and had it's shots and all that good stuff. Then there would be a trial period or something, and if after a few times your dog can't handle it, no dog.


All dogs should be taught manners for behaving in public, but too many are not. Too many die in shelters because of this too.

But I wonder if more workplaces would allowed dogs that only had fairly firm proof of successful training, such as the basic CD obedience title. I'd bet more people would be motivated to train their dogs. Complaints would go WAY down in and out of the workplace. While there will be exceptions, for the most part a dog who can't earn a CD probably isn't so well suited to being in the workplace anyway.
 
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