If you’re a lover of wet noses and sloppy kisses, today is your day. Happy International Dog Day! Anaplan is a huge fan of all things pups! There’s proof in our policies, or more specifically, “paw-licy.”
According to our “paw-licy,” if our building lease allows it, you can bring your dog to work. Currently, dogs are allowed in our York, Maidenhead, and London (WeWork) offices. Service dogs are allowed in all other offices.
Obviously, if you want to bring your dog into the office, there are specific requirements that need to be followed, such as providing the appropriate documentation and getting approval. The health and safety of our employees and visitors is our first priority, so we have strict guidelines when it comes to bringing furry friends into the workplace.
Ernest, a 1-year-old miniature dachshund.
Employees in our York office say they love it when Ernest (or Ernie, for short), a 1-year-old miniature dachshund, visits the office. Design System Lead Mark Boyes-Smith, his proud owner, says he's a hit in the office. "Whenever I'm on a conference call, he likes to jump up to the webcam, typically derailing the meeting and taking center stage," Mark says. Ernie is super loveable, cheeky, and curious. According to Mark, he loves to chew things, "especially anything of an expensive or electronic nature." He also loves hiding in blankets, lying in the sun, and chasing pigeons.
If you're looking for fun ways to celebrate the day, here are a few ideas:
Donate to your local shelter or even adopt a dog.
Do a safety check of your home to make sure it's safe for pets.
Plan a doggy photoshoot for your pup.
Take your pup to a dog-friendly cafe.
We hope you use today to enjoy some time with your dog (or a friend's dog). After all, studies have shown that playing with a pet can increase levels of oxytocin, the stress-reducing hormone, and decrease the production of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Are you a dog lover? Comment below and tell us about your favorite pup! Add a photo, too!