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Dogs liven up day at the office

June 23, 2007

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Winnie, left, and Riley play in the hallway of Callahan Creek, 805 N.H., as Phil Hermanson, left, and Pat Schwatken watch. The advertising firm was one of many workplaces that celebrated Take Your Dog to Work Day Friday in Lawrence.

Winnie, left, and Riley play in the hallway of Callahan Creek, 805 N.H., as Phil Hermanson, left, and Pat Schwatken watch. The advertising firm was one of many workplaces that celebrated Take Your Dog to Work Day Friday in Lawrence.

Three questions with ... Midge Grinstead, director of the Lawrence Humane Society

ith Midge Grinstead, director of the Lawrence Humane Society. The society is working with local businesses to sponsor Take Your Dog to Work Day.

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Furry friends took over local businesses today as part of national 'Take your dog to work day.' Enlarge video

Riley, a border collie, didn't have the best fortune starting out.

He was found abandoned on a farm with two litters of kittens, a litter of puppies and a few other dogs.

Riley now has a home, thanks to owner Amanda Hillis. His second home, however, is sometimes Callahan Creek, 805 N.H.

Hillis, art director for Callahan Creek, brought Riley in for the annual Take Your Dog to Work Day on Friday, sponsored by the Lawrence Humane Society and a number of businesses.

"We are just big animal lovers and big supporters of Topeka and Lawrence Humane Societies," said Cindy Maude, president of Callahan Creek, on why the company participated in the event. "It's just a part of our culture."

The idea behind taking a dog to work was to increase awareness of the number of homeless animals.

Peoples Bank, 4831 W. Sixth St., hosted Lawrence Humane Society dogs Friday afternoon. The bank gave out doggie treats and bags to pet owners who brought in their dogs.

The annual event is sponsored by Pet Sitters International, but this is the first year the Lawrence Humane Society participated. The center has 350 dogs and 360 cats available for adoption, as well as other animals, including rabbits, hamsters and rats.

Midge Grinstead, Lawrence Humane Society director, said she is proud of the support the organization receives.

"In Lawrence, we are all very aware, and we are a city that will take action," she said.

Grinstead is hoping to double the number of sponsors next year. But don't expect it to be a daily occurrence.

"On a Friday afternoon, it adds a lot of fun, but I wouldn't say it gets a lot of work done," said Nan Leffingwell, a print buyer for Callahan Creek who brought in her miniature dachshund.

Comments

jrherrick 7 years, 2 months ago

If anyone ever brought a dog in my office they would be fired

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SAHM2tylrnathan 7 years, 2 months ago

"The idea behind taking a dog to work was to increase awareness of the number of homeless animals."

Huh? How about take a bag of dog food to the shelter day instead? I love dogs, and I even love dogs at the office, but I cannot for the life of me see how this helps HOMELESS animals. The ones going to the office already have homes (although at least the one in the story was abandoned at one time). How about HS volunteers visiting local business with some real homeless animals? One look at those cute little faces and somebody might take one home! Or how about paying $5 or donating pet supplies to bring your animal to work, with the proceeds going to the HS (kind of like blue jean Friday fundraisers)?

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Kaw Pickinton 7 years, 2 months ago

"I cannot for the life of me see how this helps homeless animals"

Ever see that episode of Friends where that one girl starts smoking just so she's not left out at work? It's kinda like that, people will adopt a dog so they can take it to work one Friday a year.

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