It’s Friday! The end of the work week and almost the end of a very special day – Take Your Dog to Work Day! Started in 1999 by Pet Sitters International (PSI) to encourage pet adoptions, this annual event continues to gain traction and support from the American public. PSI indicated that 300 persons were known to have participated in the event in 1999. Although the actual number of pets that made their way to the workplace today is not known, PSI reported that 300,000 visits were recorded on their website for this year’s event.
According to a survey sponsored by American Pet Products Association last year, some 1.3 million owners take 2.3 million dogs to work every day. Every Friday is bring your pet to the office day at PetSmart locations in the U.S. There is also over 25 years of research [Ref 1] that shows living with pets provides a number of health benefits.
One of the benefits cited is exercise. Several studies [Ref 1] show that dog owners get more exercise than non-dog owners. As an adopted pet owner, I would definitely agree to that. A research study showed that of about 2,000 adult dog owners, those that walked their dogs regularly were in better shape and less likely to become obese than those who did not.
The two pooches in my house, Bubba and Rosie, work from home like me. Rosie, a female Catahoula Cur, was crouched outside of the kitchen door this morning waiting to begin our walk. With the temperatures heating up, we leave home before 6 a.m. most days. I look forward to our walks along with the freshness of the morning air.
We’ve already started stepping up our speed and include a little jogging in our routine twice a week. Bubba, a German Shepherd mix, is a ball of energy and gets plenty of exercise without a daily walk. Rosie and I haven’t figured out what he is drinking, but when we find out, we’ll let you know.
1. 5 ways pets benefit your health, Dr. Al Townshend, Special for CNN Health, June 20, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/20/health/pets-health-benefits/index.html?iref=allsearch, last visited on 04.20.2014.