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|Saturday, April 01, 2006|
By Robin Doussard
At Portland staffing services firm Boly:Welch, partner Pat Welch's apricot standard poodle, Rudy, is as much a fixture around the office as the copy machine.
"It makes a huge difference," says Welch about her four-legged beloved hanging around the office. "Having dogs around makes it a friendlier place."
“Appropriate pets are allowed in the office. Appropriate is defined as a pet whose behavior is acceptable within an office setting. The pet must not adversely affect office operations and must be under control of the owner at all times. Animals may be left in the office briefly while the owner is absent, but must be confined to the owner’s office or under direct supervision of a willing employee. The owner must immediately clean up after the animal both inside and outside the office. Any damage by the pet will be charged in full to the owner.”
Interested in a trial run for allowing pets in the workplace? June 23 is the 8th annual Bring Your Dog to Work Day. The idea was launched in 1999, with about 300 companies participating and has since grown to more than 3,000 companies taking part, according to Pet Sitters International, which started the event. See www.petsit.com for more information.
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