Ruff! Celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day

Today is the 10th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, created by Pet Sitters International, an association for professional pet sitters. Our colleagues this year and others have written about people participating: Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-Calif.), for example, and the Waldorf law office of Greisman & Carroll.

Five dogs joined the staff at Zcomm in Bethesda for Take Your Dog to Work Day. (Courtesy of Taryn Nicholas)

Zcomm, a Bethesda PR firm, has five furry friends joining the workplace today, the first time they've officially celebrated TYDTWDay. Though the office has sort of unofficially celebrated before: CEO Rise Birnbaum's dog occasionally joins her in the office, he didn't come in today.

Jeffra Stafford's Jack Russell Terrier, Sophie, joined her at her desk at Zcomm. (Courtesy of Taryn Nicholas)

The firm also made a donation to the Washington Animal Rescue League and is paying for the care of a dog, Twyla, until she is adopted.

Noah is a 3-year-old Australian shepard who comes to work with owner Diana Thompson every day. (Courtesy of Diana Thompson)

Noah joins Diana Thompson at Fred Wyrostek Plumbing Inc. in Owings, Md., every day. She's the office secretary, and he's a 3-year-old Australian shepherd. He greets everyone who comes in the door, Thompson said, and likes sitting in the boss's chair when the boss is away.

Unfortunately, no dogs (that I know of) are at The Washington Post today. Did any dogs join you? Take a photo and send it to


Roxy, left, and Mo outside Meridian Title offices. (Courtesy of Victoria Burnett-Miller)

Struttin' Mutts, a dog-walking and pet-sitting company in Northern Virginia, helped organize events related to Take Your Dog to Work Day at Meridian Title of Alexandria.

To reognize the day, representatives from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria came to the office with Roxy the dachshund and Mo the boxer mix, both of whom are up for adoption. Mo's seven brothers and sisters are waiting to be adopted, as well. Wonder if they're all that cute.

By Terri Rupar  |  June 20, 2008; 2:16 PM ET  | Category:  Workplace
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I think every office should participate in Take Your Dog to Work day and support their local humane society. Plus it makes a Friday more fun.

Posted by: Chris | June 20, 2008 4:09 PM

Instead of taking my dog to work, I took my work to the dogs! I've started two dog based companies in the Washington Area, and couldn't be happier with my hairy co-workers!

If you do take your dog to work, make sure they have a safe commute. Check out our mission at and our Blog at

Posted by: Lindsey - | June 20, 2008 4:20 PM

I know Mr Noah personally and he is the most aussome agility dog in the world!! His mama Diana is an excellent handler and has other dogs that she runs in agility also...if you see them at a show say howdy to them....

Posted by: shirley | June 20, 2008 4:25 PM

let me know when its bring your cat to work day.

Posted by: equal time | June 20, 2008 4:45 PM

Our building (with a lot of DC employees) doesn't allow pets :-(

Posted by: dogs at home | June 20, 2008 4:47 PM

Noah is my grandfur and is on the road to being a champion in agility. He is so sweet and has freckles!!

Posted by: nana | June 20, 2008 5:47 PM

I'm pretty sure there's not a bring-your-cat-to-work day. At least not one that's as well-publicized. Anyone know differently?

Posted by: Terri Rupar | June 20, 2008 6:01 PM

Top 10 Things to Say to Convince Your Boss to Allow you to bring your dog to work:

10. Kill 2 birds with one stone, the pet supplies store is next to the office supplies store.
9. The squirrels in the neighborhood deserve a break.
8. Wagging tails work great when the a/c is on the fritz.
7. With a dog as your passenger, you'll be able to use the car pool lane on the way to the pet supplies store.
6. It's a great way to lick the work day blahs!
5. My dog thinks you're grrrrrrreat!
4. Meetings end as soon as Rover starts staring at the conference room door.
3. You can blame those missing reports on one of your employees' dogs.
2. It's the leash you can do.
1. Finally, someone at your office will actually be working like a dog.!

Good Dog Panda !! !!!

Posted by: RG PetComm | June 20, 2008 6:47 PM

Why didn't Babe get to hang out at the Post?

Posted by: Babe | June 22, 2008 12:52 PM

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