Your pupper’s face when you leave for work is the saddest ever. (How are you supposed to explain that you’re leaving so you can support his expensive taste in bedding?) Fur-tunately, more and more employers are making tails wag with pup-friendly pawlicies. Here’s a pawful of ‘em in the Twin Cities metro. Let the office dog lounge decorating begin.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities
Mentoring young hoomans is what it’s all about at this local nonprofit, but the office pups are prioritized, too. The admin team’s at 12 peeps, and co-woofers average three to seven per day. (With the plethora of T-R-E-A-T-S on paw, it’s no wonder they wanna tag along.)
Break times often mean outdoor playtime with the pups. “We have a great area for outside play in the back of our building,” says Executive Project Manager Stephanie Siegel. “Employees often take breaks at the same time so our dogs can play together outside.”
“We’ve expanded our Minneapolis office space several times over the years and an open-door dog policy has been a must-have in every lease negotiation,” says Emily Rinde, Nerdery senior communications manager.
The Minne-apple office has between five and 20 pups paddin’ around on any given day. It hosts “Take Your Pet to Work Day,” adoption and rescue events, and even puppy parties where employees each donate $5 to play with rescue pups.
“It’s not uncommon for Nerds to foster dogs, bring them to work, and have them adopted by other Nerds,” Rinde adds.
There’s even a Slack channel for Nerdery pet parents to share photos and pupdates about their furry friends throughout the day. (Note: Sidewalk Dog followed pooch on this one immediately.)
And since 2013, the company’s held elections for Dog President of Nerdery. Voting’s digital to avoid any ballot-eating scandals.
Lola Red PR
Work can be ruff, but dogs have it easy at this Minneapolis PR agency. Woofer’s first stop: the dog treat dispenser at the door, which also welcomes visiting pooches.
Next, work pups wag over to dibs one of the many designated dog chairs ‘n lounge areas. Then it’s time for a romp outside on the company patio and a lunchtime stroll around the Warehouse District.
Lola Pro Lauren Twomey says four-legged company newbies are welcomed to the pack with open paws, too: “All our employees love dogs and are extra accommodating of newbies as they adjust to the transition of becoming office dogs.” We pawdict glowing annual reviews.
Roepke Public Relations
When employees unanimously barked about wanting a dog-friendly office, this company delivered, moving the whole pack from LaSalle Plaza in downtown Minneapolis to its new North Loop digs. There’s outdoor space galore for workers ‘n woofers to walk and wag, and when the hoomans are working, the dogs are chillaxin’ to the max.
“We have every type of pet accessory here, including beds, treats, food, extra leashes, toys, lint rollers, gates, and more,” says Natalie Howell, Roepke PR vice president of corporate communications, adding that president Katherine Roepke is a dog mom of three. No wonder lint rollers are in endless supply.
When lunchtime or yappy hour call, The Freehouse is right down the street for some patio noms, brews, and belly rubs. (Right this way to a FREE beer on their patio via our Dog-Friendly Brewery Pass.)
Sniff out our dog-friendly directory for even more companies that welcome co-woofers. Know another dog-friendly employer in the Twin Cities metro? Bark at us in the comments so we can get ‘em added (or add ‘em yo-self here).
(Top photo by Lola Red PR)