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Work Has Gone to the Dogs

More companies are discovering the benefits of letting employees bring animals to the office

Basset hound Glory, golden lab Hennessey, and Chihuahua Chakra take turns visiting PR/PR, an Orlando public relations firm. "Companies have all sorts of provisions for single parents," employee Martha Ciske says. "It's a relief to have something similar for single pet parents, especially if I know I'm going to work late or Glory has a vet appointment."

Even Internet giant Google allows dogs on its main Mountain View, Calif., campus of more than 7,000 employees. "It's always been a part of our culture — that work/life balance — since we started as a company 12 years ago," says spokesperson Jordan Newman. Adds Falcon of Replacements, businesses are learning that an open-door pet policy is one way to differentiate themselves from the pack. "It says, if you care about their pets, then you care about the people."

Replacements' pet-friendly policy isn't unique. Capitol Hill has been going to the dogs for decades. Charlie Martel, counsel to the Senate Homeland Security Committee, says canines are the norm in both the Senate and the House. Martel, 50, often brings Shantih to work, noting the bipartisan husky will wander into any meeting, Democratic or Republican, as long as the room has a good view of the Hart Senate Office Building's sky-lit atrium and five-story Alexander Calder mobile.

In Elk Grove, Calif., Bob, a gray rescue cat, resides full time at engineering consulting firm Development Impact, Inc., and enjoys meet-and-greets with Chihuahuas Lola and Gigi. At Howard Stross' Florida law office, miniature schnauzer Sadie is vice president of public relations. "Some of my clients come in stressed out, and before long she's on their lap," says the 64-year-old attorney. "She's so popular even the delivery guys ask for her."

Basset hound Glory, golden lab Hennessey, and Chihuahua Chakra take turns visiting PR/PR, an Orlando public relations firm. "Companies have all sorts of provisions for single parents," employee Martha Ciske says. "It's a relief to have something similar for single pet parents, especially if I know I'm going to work late or Glory has a vet appointment."

Even Internet giant Google allows dogs on its main Mountain View, Calif., campus of more than 7,000 employees. "It's always been a part of our culture — that work/life balance — since we started as a company 12 years ago," says spokesperson Jordan Newman. Adds Falcon of Replacements, businesses are learning that an open-door pet policy is one way to differentiate themselves from the pack. "It says, if you care about their pets, then you care about the people."

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