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.
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!