Miniature Mascots

Itsy for Blog2 132x150 Miniature MascotsTake Your Dog To Work Day is over for this year, but some BBB offices have a non-human worker all year long. The BBB Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Montana is one.

Itsy is a miniature fireball who loves racing up and down the halls, greeting visitors, and looking for treats.

She’s been with us since our Vice President brought her in as a tiny puppy—about the size of a teacup—and her feedings had to be every couple of hours.

Our President & CEO originally said the dog could stay until she reached seven pounds, but of course Itsy won her over and has been brightening our days ever since.

I have encountered dogs—and sometimes cats—in all kinds of businesses from hair salons to non-profits to newspapers to marketing/design firms. I’m a fan. (Of course, I would be—I’m a dog person!)

It has been said that dogs improve productivity in the workplace. I know mine help me when I’m working from home—they remind me when it is time to take a playbreak, thus preventing me from reaching the point of diminishing returns and getting blood clots in my legs from sitting so long.

Of course, allergies, barking and coworkers who don’t pick up after their dogs in the event of…well…you can imagine…can be a concern.

How do you feel about dogs in the workplace?

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About Holly Doering

Holly Doering has worked for the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana for half a decade. Her areas of expertise include the CORE Values Program (Character, Optimism, Respect, Ethics) for Teens and Charity Review as well as writing and editing. Prior to that, she has written for two newspapers, a local magazine, and taught English at the community college. She is the proud author of a short story in ZYZZYVA literary magazine and has had good luck publishing lots of poetry. Each year she rolls up her sleeves and wades into the autumn Nanowrimo writing madness and has several unfinished novels to her credit.