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What's Your Take on Pets at the Office?

Office life, outside of TV, can be pretty run-of-the-mill. While there are those days when something surprises, things are never even close to reaching that Michael Scott-esque boiling point. Still, when I was catching up with a friend recently, she shared a work story that's almost on par with the antics at Dunder Mifflin. Apparently one of her co-workers is in the habit of bringing her cat to work. And not just on Bring Your Pet to Work Day. The cat eats and plays, barricaded for the day in her co-worker's cube.

Now, I've heard of pet-friendly offices before, but I've never actually worked in one where pets were brought on a regular basis. Still, my friend didn't have anything too negative to say. While the cat was a distraction at first, she said it's now a pretty welcome fixture at the office and doesn't really bother anyone (thankfully no one's allergic). But, regardless of how the cat and the office workers have acclimated, it still seems a bizarre situation for the workplace. So, of course, now I'm curious: have you ever brought a pet to work? What do you think about taking your dog, cat, or goldfish to the office?

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GregS GregS 6 years
Two words. Allergies Fleas I love pets, but not all people do, and people do have allergies to dogs and cats. They also can have fleas which will stay with you in your office long after the animal is gone. So how would it be if the major prospect came into your office and left scratching his/her legs? How would it be if s/he had to leave because of allergies? Not a good idea.
weffie weffie 6 years
My pigeon comes every day and my boss' dog is always here too, I forgot that it wasn't normal! I'm lucky that I've also been able to bring rescued baby mice, mourning doves and goldfinches who were in my care at various times... they need to be fed too often to leave alone for the day, so I just set up a heat lamp and a comfy box on my desk. It's distracting to me sometimes but I don't think anyone else minds... we're all suckers for a cute face around here :)
stellaRuby stellaRuby 6 years
Totally for it! I would love to take my dog everywhere.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
My old boss was a dog lover and let us bring in our dogs from time to time. It was a little distracting, so I would never do it every day, but it was fun and because my boss loved my dog, it scored points with her.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i couldn't work in an office with cats, i would die they freak me right out i always find it weird when people think they can bring their dogs into the office for the day (when it's not a common thing)...it's like, why do you think you are? anyway now i work in an office with security and they wouldn't let you past even to just bring your new puppy up to show your colleagues, so i don't have the issue
zanessc zanessc 6 years
So, I used to live and work in a really pet-friendly environment. And yes, I brought my cat to show off to the cat-lovers at work the day I got her from the pet adoption place (next door to work). However, I'm not sure it's necessary to actually bring the cat, like you bring your laptop, to work. Now, this same workplace allowed employees to bring their dogs. For some reason that was a little different for me...they'd hike with the dogs on their lunch breaks, and the dogs just hung out under the desk the rest of the time. I think it really depends on the environment/culture/climate.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 6 years
I guess it would depend on the pet and the office. My dog would not be welcome because she's pretty big and people would probably be scared of her, plus she gets really excited when she meets new people and would not stay calm. But a cat might be ok, or a really calm dog.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
I've worked for two places that were pet-friendly. If I had a dog, I'd totally bring it to work once in awhile. I can understand the downside, with people being allergic/scared etc. Still, there's nothing I like more than taking 5 minutes out of my work day to play with Bear, one of the resident yellow labs here :-)
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I work at a hospital lab, so it's sort of a Joint Commission violation to bring them to work. But, the volunteers at the hospital bring the therapy dogs sometimes and I get to pet them and stuff if I see them during my lunch hour. I really wish we could have pets at work, but I think a lot of people would probably have issues with it.
Angelica Angelica 6 years
I can't get over someone bringing their cat to the office. It makes me lol just to think about it.
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