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Bring Your 'Dog-Child' to Work Day

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Dogs and kids are so similar, we think it's hard to tell them apart.


Momlogic's Momstrosity: Today's National Take your Dog to Work Day, when fans of canines can cart them off to the workplace to witness the daily grind. Since pet upkeep is due to surpass the $43 billion mark by 2011, its no big surprise dog owners are as attached to their mutts as we are to our kids. So why don't they get equal treatment? Most workers are much more welcoming to doggy visitors than the human children, but I think the two are amazingly similar:

A day at the office with dogs OR kids includes plenty of...

Dogs, just like kids, like to put everything in their mouths. If your kid's teething, he's no different than most pooches on a regular day--especially those bulldogs. Bring plenty of rags to mop up work-impeding drool from both mutts and tots--bound to show up on co-workers' keyboards, monitors and your boss.

Who can say their dog is 100% potty trained? Dogs, just like kids, have accidents. And if yours confuses the conference room for a dog park, it's really going to stink--especially during a meeting.

What dog wants to be cooped up all day at your feet in a cubicle? They get restless, just like bored children. Then the whining starts, followed by the howling and the yelping. (We're still talking about the kids here.) We recommend bringing a muzzle for children AND dogs if anyone's gonna get any work done.

Chew Toys
Make sure you bring plenty of diversions for dogs and kids. Most have a favorite toy or stuffed animal or squeaky toy they can't live without. These days, it's hard to tell a dog toy apart from a teething ring. But watch out ... if you try to take a favorite toy away from a dog or a kid, you just might end up with a bloody hand.

Does your dog know how to heel? Neither do most kids, and when either are let loose in an office space, the fur can fly. So can the printer paper, the pens, and the hanging files. Remember, choke chains are inhumane!

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
The Voice of Reason June 26, 2009, 2:45 PM

I think bringing your dog to work is absolutely disgusting. There are people who are allergic to dogs which can’t be said the same for babies. And unless the child is well behaved, neither child or dog belong in the work place.

Anonymous June 26, 2009, 4:54 PM

Dogs smell and poop all over the place

Abbey June 26, 2009, 5:11 PM

I brought my dog in to work and everyone loved her … for the 15 minutes she was here. I wouldn’t bring my dog OR child to work all day; that’s insanity for both the child/dog AND office mates.

I do think, though, dogs and kids a certain age are incredibly similar, except a child eventually gets some sort of autonomy.

Anonymous June 26, 2009, 9:55 PM

Dogs DO NOT belong at work. Cut the leash people!

Candy Blakeslee June 27, 2009, 5:03 PM

I work for my dogs…so they are at work every day. Sometimes I wish they would go on vacation so that I could goof off for a day. There is no poop in our conference room!

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