Take Your Dog To Work Day, June 25, 2011

Every once in a while, we want to experience something different at work to relieve us from the stress that normal day-to-day work routine brings. Companies have days like summer outings or family day, any gig that will change the office environment even for just a day. But what better way to enjoy a day at your office than sharing your day with your dog at work. It’s going to feel like you are home and he will get a chance to meet other dogs to play with.

photoPet Sitters International created the event Take Your Dog to Work Day in 1999 and every year since, the event is celebrated by companies all over the nation to recognize how great dogs can be as a companion.  Both big and small businesses participate in this annual event to show how great having a dog is and encourage people to adopt a canine companion and provide them with decent homes.

The event is a chance to enjoy your office environment with your favorite companion to help you unwind a little even though you are working on stacks of paper work. Imagine an office with cute dogs that your dog can socialize with. Your office will look like a dog park on a Sunday afternoon.

You might think that a pet in the workplace is a bad idea but according to studies, pets in the office help boost the morale of employees and increase productivity. There are actually dog-friendly policies that are being implemented in some companies and this results in less stress among pet owners who have a home-alone dog. Studies also show that those who don’t have a pet tend to enjoy those that they see at the office.

Joining the celebration is a step to welcoming our canine friends to humane society even for just a day. The day will be a time for you to enjoy your dog in the office and not worry about him being lonely or making a mess at home. This is our chance to give back to the animal community.

If your office is supporting this movement, there are guidelines that you can follow in preparing your dog for the big day at the office. Some tips include having your dog on a leash when not in an office or cubicle and having a backup plan just in case your dog feels uncomfortable in your work environment. If you are interested to let your office join the event, there are ways to get involved.

Take Your Dog to Work Day is indeed a celebration that one should participate in, especially for dog lovers out there. Show off your canine friends and promote how they can be a great companion to others. Spread the movement of owning a pet and encourage others to adopt their own. This day will also be your chance to talk about how your dog helps you in any way. Celebrate this event with your co-workers and the rest of the nation.

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World Pet Memorial Day, June 12, 2011

Having a pet adds joy to a home and the experience of raising one is invaluable. The bond that we develop as they grow up by our side and witness everything that we go through as life unfolds; they are there for us just like a true friend.  But like everything in this place, there will come a time that they have to go.

It is painful to lose a pet and sometimes it is difficult to accept that they are gone. We grieve for them and remember the times when they were around to make things alright and relieve us from life’s difficulties. We all have different bonds with our pets but we all consider them as a friend, a great companion. The memories stay with us.

photoWorld Pet Memorial Day is a time where everyone who lost a pet pays their respects to their departed friends and remembers the memories that was once shared with them. During this day, you can do a memorial in honor of your lost pet. It can be a simple memorial or you can join communities that gather on this day of remembrance and exchange memories and experiences with them.

There are many ways to memorialize our departed pets. I remember holding a small burial for my dog when I was a kid. I had him for almost 5 years. That may not be a long time for some, but when you’re a kid a dog is all you have for company and we were really close. I specifically chose a spot at the back of our house so I could still visit him. I was there every day, lay flowers on his grave and talked to him. I did this until we moved to a different city but I still remember him. I never had a dog again or a pet after him.

If you can’t get a burial ground at your house, there are other ways. Ask if your community has a pet cemetery, this is quite common in some areas. You can also do a living memorial by planting a tree or a flower bed to symbolize him. You can also keep something that will remind you of him like a framed photo or his favorite toy. If you have taken numerous pictures together, you can try making a scrapbook as a reminder of your friendship. When you remember him, try to write a poem about him or write him a letter.

As a way to participate in the World Pet Memorial Day, you can volunteer at your community animal shelter and help out or participate in other memorials and candle-light ceremonies. If you think you are ready to have another pet, try to adopt one and give your new pet a nice home that he deserves.

However, what matters is that we remember them and that we give our respects. Participate in the World Pet Memorial Day and together, let us all take this time to thank them for the friendship and lessons that they gave us.

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