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Take Your Dog to Work Day has NC roots

Posted June 20, 2014

Friday is national Take Your Dog to Work Day, a tradition that started in North Carolina.

The day was created in 1999 by Pet Sitters International – an organization for professional pet sitters – as a way to celebrate canine companions and promote pet adoptions.

Pet Sitters International is headquartered in King, N.C., and founder Patti Moran is a lifelong resident of the state, according to the organization.

Moran said the event has grown in popularity and participants since its beginning, a sign of the important role that pets have.

"Pets make our lives better," she said in a statement. "Studies support the benefits of pet ownership, from providing companionship to reducing stress and increasing physical activity. TYDTWDay provides pet lovers with a unique way to celebrate their dogs and give back to the pet community with a special workplace event.

To learn more, visit visit the Take Your Dog to Work Day website.





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  • ncouterbanks69 Jun 20, 2014

    "They are even better when not on a leash (not sure which nicompœp made it a law to put dogs on a leash)."

    Yikes....I can't imagine what it would be like to have dogs in public without a leash. Sounds like a nightmare. I understand the love of a pet and dog parks etc are completely understandable but dogs running up to a stranger, licking them, jumping on them etc is something I certainly do not want to be a part of. Keep your dogs on a leash, clean up their mess and keep them out of work/public areas not specifically for pets and all is well.

  • rbaff79 Jun 20, 2014

    Dogs have unwavering loyalty and unconditional love! I love dogs and seeing them in unexpected places. They are even better when not on a leash (not sure which nicompœp made it a law to put dogs on a leash).

    I do agree that people need to be considerate of others and not let their dogs go towards folks like @RADITUDE, lest they want them pepper sprayed. Keep your loving dogs away from haters and everyone will be happy.

    Happy BYDTW day!

  • Raditude Jun 20, 2014

    This is gotten way out of hand. I realize people think of their pets like family and that is fine, but the popularity of bringing your dogs into public spaces really needs to be addressed. I don't care for dogs, nor do I like them lunging at my toddler while we are enjoying a public outdoor Raleigh event, say Artsplosure. People are in tight quarters and I don't want a dog nuzzling my leg or licking my child. I would rather not see dogs allowed at public function (let alone at work, seriously!) but if you do bring your animal to an event, be courteous of others and keep it on a VERY short leash. It's scary for toddlers to have an animal lunge at them, even if the animal is friendly and I don't want to go home covered in dog hair and slobber.