With A Bark Bark Here and a Meow Meow There

linda and 3 doggies 007These are my doggies. Phoebe, Lulu and Toto.

Right now,  Phoebe is asleep in her bed on the floor next to me. Lulu is under my feet snoozing away, and Toto is chewing on a bone on the rug behind my chair.  And Shipwreck (the one and only cat in the crew) is lying on my desk acting as a paperweight for a stack of papers.

As a conference keynote speaker, I'm away from home a lot. But when I am here, my furry family can always be found in my office. They constantly amuse me and make me feel surrounded by love and mischief.  I always feel happier and more productive when they are around – and I now know why.

In a recent survey by Dogster.com and SimplyHired.com, 66 percent of dog owners said that they would work longer hours if they were allowed to bring their dogs to work, another 32 percent of respondents said that they would take a pay cut to bring their dogs to work. Survey respondents believe that pets help lower stress levels and build camaraderie amongst employees.

“Companies with pet-friendly policies just get it.  And they’re breeding a class of happy and loyal employees”, said Ted Rheingold, CEO of Dogster.com. A whopping 49 percent of dog owners revealed they would switch jobs if the hiring company allowed their canine companion to accompany them to work, while 70 percent believe a dog-friendly work place is an important employee benefit.

I think the bottom line is that bringing a dog to work can make an employee happy. And happy employees are more resistent to infectious diseases, miss less work due to illness, perform better on the job, are easier to work with, and provide better customer service. And we LIKE them!

So if you have employees, why not consider a pooch-friendly policy at work?  And seriously, WHO could resist those little cute faces? 

doggies and boat 007From motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, backed up and supported by Phoebe, Lulu, Toto and Shipwreck


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. I love this idea Linda! Pets do make us happy. They are like our children – and leaving them all day is hard on many of us. Getting to have them with us while we work is a definite perk! I admire the companies that have the courage to try new things like this. Thanks for sharing! Motivational Speakers should all travel with pets! 

  2. What a great idea!  Now I have to google those businesses that have this pet-friendly policy just to satisfy my own curiosity.  I do love it when my cat acts as a paperweight too!

  3. Just the other day I visited my sweetie at work where the owners bring in their little dog. Got to observe exactly what you wrote about, Linda. I noticed that no one could walk by that little critter without stopping to have a little conversation. All walked away with a big smile!

  4. Isn't it fun, Colette – to walk into a store or office with a resident furry person?  We visited a crepe place in Paris several times where the proprietor ALWAYS brought her little doggy. The first time we went there because the creperie was close to our hotel. The SECOND time we went there because of the fabulous crepes and the THIRD time we went there – it was because of the doggy! 

  5. Why don't more employers know this?  Can you imagine how great it would be if more places allowed dogs?  I love this idea!!!  Bring your dog to work day – every day!  And I don't even have a dog!!!!

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