June 25th: Are You Taking Your Dog to Work?

Take Your Dog to Work Day is being celebrated every year to support dog adoptions through information dissemination to the public and making them experience how it is to own a dog.  This special event exhibits the extraordinary bond between owners and their dogs.  This year it happens on Friday, June 25th, 2010.

Will you support this event and take the time to take your dog to work?

If so, I hope these helpful tips make your Take Your Dog to Work Day experience a winning advocacy.

1.)   This special event marks it 11th Anniversary this year.  Take time to plan ahead for success for that day!  “Fail to plan; you plan to fail”.  Make a plan early!

2.)   Make sure that your dog has been cleaned and properly groomed.  There are dogs that are timid, assertive or uncontrollable.  If this is the case, you may opt to take part in this event by taking a photo of your dog to the office or arrange a fundraising activity for a local shelter that you support.

3.) Exercise your pooch prior to bringing him to your workplace.  That might help settle him and also give him the opportunity to relieve himself. (Or, you can bring a Porch Potty to work with you!)

4.) Remember to bring with you some toys, treats and blankets to your office to assist you in making your dog feel more comfortable and avoid the stress of staying in a totally new environment.

5.) Assign a special space under your office desk or in a corner nook to give some place for your dog to have time alone and a place of safety when he already gets weary from all the interactions with the other dogs brought by your other officemates. (Or, even from the interactions of your co-workers!)

6.) Stay away from offering your dog some treats in moments when he is surrounded by other dogs. No need to start a food fight at the office! 🙂

7.) Make sure that your dog has identification on him in the event that he gets lost or unleashed.

8.) Keep in mind that you have to bring a leash and ensure that you take time in walking your dog during the day. Bring supplies “just in case” he has an accident. (I find that carting tons of cleaning supplies with me absolutely wards of any accidents – just like washing the car ensures rainfall!) 🙂

9.) Before the day, cover with your co-workers how to handle treats especially if they’re bringing their dogs, too.  Avoid upset stomachs or competition between dogs by just providing treats to your own pet and encouraging your co-workers to do the same.  If someone does slip a treat to your dog, be sure to make note of it just in case there’s any negative after effects – you’ll have a list of what could of attributed to that.

10.) Most importantly, do not forget the essence of Take Your Dog to Work Day.  This day is intended to be a fun-filled day for everyone and an exceptional way to make you and your pet bond throughout the day.

So, whose taking their dog to work?

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Pet Your Pooch

I look forward to times when I can sit, relax and just have my Rocky on my lap or beside me.  I really don’t know who it’s more relaxing for – me or him!

For Pet Appreciation Week, why don’t you just spend a few extra moments with your pooch today.   Extra petting and time together is always an extra treat to your four-legged friend!

It’s funny to read all these “suggestions” across the web on how to show appreciation for your pet.  One place even suggested “licking” your dog.  (I won’t be doing that!) Yet, I will spend extra time with “the Rock”.

When we spend time together we also talk.  Does your dog talk to you?  I don’t have Rocky on video talking – yet.  But, he does talk to me.

Here’s a cute video of other chatty mutts.  And, remember to send in your dog’s photos – either email us – maria[at]porchpotty[dot]com of post it on our Facebook page.  I’m compiling our APPRECIATED DOG video and want to make sure your sweetie’s in there.


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Little Acts of Kindness: Be Kind to Animals Week

It is essential for all of us to be kind to animals every day of our lives.  Since 1915, American Humane has been actively celebrating the Be Kind to Animals Week” every year.  This week we honor, focus on animals and encourage ways of treating animals kindly.

Here are some ways on how we can be kind to animals in our own little way by providing the care they require and deserve every day:

Take a Stand and Speak Your Mind for Animals

Become informed about the different policies and laws that govern animals and the impact it creates to our community, country and the whole world.  Register  to start receiving Action Alerts from the American Humane Society so that you’ll be informed on current changes and concerns.

Report and Give Details of Animal Abuse

Animal cruelty and abuse are heartbreaking.  If you have seen an abusive act or cruelty being done to animals – report the said abuse immediately

Recognize the Value of Wildlife

Be aware of wildlife.  It could be as easy as cutting the soda can plastic that binds a six-pack.  Or, you can promote this by creating a private sanctuary in your own garden so that hummingbirds, butterflies and other living creatures feel welcome at your own home.  You may find wildlife to be closer to your own space – if you just open your eyes.

Adopt an Animal Pet from Rescue or Shelter Groups

There is an estimate of 3.7 million animals that are being euthanized every year because they have no place to live.  You may help animals by giving them another chance to look brightly in their life by adopting them.

Give the Highest Level of Care to your Animal Pet

Remember to keep vaccinations of your animal pets up to date. Be sure they wear proper identification and are taken for regular check ups with their veterinarian.  Responsibility begins at home with your own pets first.

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