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Sit, stay, type? Dogs are in the office!

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Do you love you job, but hate leaving your dog at home? Well this week, you may not have to. This Friday, Pet Sitters International is holding its annual event, "Take Your Dog to Work Day." 

The event promotes pet adoption. But before your pup goes professional, you may want to take a few precautions. After you check with your boss and co-workers, make sure your pet is healthy, and a trip to the vet is always a good choice. 

Dr. David Wiens, a Veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in Kennewick, says, "There are some pets that can become defensive of their person or their person's space, so if you know your pet isn't a fan of strangers, be aware about that when you're bringing it into the workspace."

Your next step is to ensure a safe work place. Be on the look out for any wires or office supplies that could pose a problem, and don't forget the break room.
Dr. Wiens says, "just looking around your workspace, is there anything that your pet shouldn't get into or chew on that just needs to be moved or taken care of."

When it comes to sitting at a desk for 8 hours, things like a blanket or chew toy in between doggie-snacks and outdoor breaks are good ways to keep your pet happy.

Patrick Mckennen, the store manager at the Kennewick Petsmart, says "find their favorite treat, find their favorite toy and maybe get them a duplicate and bring them into work and that there for them."

Of course not everyone can bring their dog to work, but there are several places around town where you can go.

Bernard Griffen Winery in Richland is one dog friendly place. "Rio" is a regular, and when restaurant goers bring their pets, both the dogs and their people have a good time.

Kim Gravenslund of Bernard Griffin Winery belongs to Rio. She said, "I think what it does is gets everybody's day off to just a positive start, it kind of helps us bond with each other and it lets us take a break and kind of chill out a little bit."

So no matter what line of work you're in, think about taking your furry friend out this Friday... even if they don't have business attire.

 

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