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Dogs Get Us Outdoors
(even if it’s only 7% of our lives)

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 87% of their life indoors with another 6% spent in automobiles for a total of 93% habitating in enclosed spaces. That leaves only 7% of one’s entire life to spend outdoors. Translated to daily life, we average only about 100 minutes of our day outside. For many, that’s time spent walking the dog or hanging out at the dog park. My outside quotient averages closer to 120 minutes per day—what with a morning and an evening walk, plus a daily noontime stroll. The revelation is that thanks to our dogs, I spend more time outside than the average American! Another reason why dogs make us healthier, happier and closer to nature by getting us outdoors …

Prisoners Train Shelter Dogs for Adoption
Pawsitive Partners Prison Program

Seven years ago, in May of 2008, Monty’s Home in Southeastern North Carolina, received state approval to start its first Pawsitive Partners Prison Program (PPPP), in conjunction with the Pender Correctional Institution, in nearby Burgaw, NC. President and co-founder Barbara Rabb was on an educational mission to use her dog training skills to shelter dogs to make them more adoptable. Bringing her organizational skills to the task, she enlisted the services of other dog trainers and convinced the local correction facility to establish a prison pup program to provide basic companion dog training for pet dogs. Monty’s Home’s volunteers help train the inmate-trainers, and they select dogs who had met basic temperament evaluations from local shelters; they also assume costs such as vet bills, grooming supplies, food, toys, bedding, etc, all expenses associated with proper canine care and training.

The dogs are then spayed/neutered and brought up to date on vaccinations before entering the Pawsitive Partners Prison Program. They live at the facility with their specially screened inmate-trainers, the dogs go through an eight weeks training course. Inmates, under the guidance of Monty’s Home volunteer trainers, train the dogs in basic obedience and household manners. After graduation, the wonderfulness starts again for more shelter dogs! This is such a wonderful program, making it possible for thousands of wonderful dogs to find their forever homes. And when a Monty's Home dog joins his/her forever home, she knows basic commands, household manners, is microchipped and comes complete with own bed, crate, toys, leash, collar, a weeks’ supply of food and treats, and a training DVD for new owners. How perfect is that! Watch the video to see a graduation ceremony learn more and see what a positive affect this has on the inmate trainers and the new adopters as well.

Rapper Finds Puppy Love
J Cole video updates Lady and The Tramp

Puppy love takes a surprising twist in the hands of rapper J Cole and his crew in a new music video for his song “Wet Dreamz.” The song is a confessional retelling of the singer’s first sexual encounter and details the normal adolescent angst. Cole interprets the song visually using puppies in an updated version of Lady and the Tramp, employing a young German Shepherd as a stand-in for the boy, and a female King Cavalier as the object of his affection. The pups play, tease and nuzzle. It’s all very tasteful if a little saucy in the juxtaposition of slow-motion tail wagging and R-rated lyrics, but we think it’s pretty sweet and inventive. Plus, it has an irresistible beat. Check it out for yourself, but be warned that the lyrics contain adult themes and a few expletives. (No harm comes to the puppies).

New Fetch Toy Idea
Kickstarter nurtures pet inventions

Our friends at PAWW are quite good at designing clever leashes, bowls and toys—plenty of research, exploration and testing goes into every project they conceive. So, we were excited to hear about a new line of fetch toys they have been working on, and unveiled to the public via a Kickstarter campaign launched in mid-April. Their goal was to design an incredibly durable toy that would bounce erratically, float on water, and work for both big and little dogs. Each one would be compatible with your average ball launcher. Plus, act as a treat dispenser for around the house. A tall order … but they were up to the task. We think they have created something special. Check out their Kickstarter campaign, and consider getting on the ground floor of this cool fetch toy!

Pet projects continue to be a vital segment of Kickstarter campaigns. Spend a few minutes on the crowdfunding site and it soon becomes apparent that creative ideas aimed at dog people abound. An estimated $2M worth of pet products have successfully been funded so far.

Andy Warhol’s Best in Show Auction at Christie’s

Bark welcomes the news of an entertaining auction at Christie’s titled Best in Show which features an array of animal-inspired works by the master of Pop Art, Andy Warhol. The upcoming online only sale includes over 100 lots of silver gelatin prints, Polaroids, screenprints and drawings by Warhol. It’s a rare glimpse of the art and ephemera that inspired Andy’s life, and reflects his love of animals—cats, horses, cows, birds, and, of course, dogs. Enjoy the online catalog, bidding continues until May 5, 2015.

Search and Rescue Teams from the U.S. Deployed to Nepal

Making up part of the  U.S. contingent that were deployed to Nepal on Sunday night were these six dogs and their handlers from the Search Dog Foundation from Ojai, California. The dogs and their humans will assist in rescue and recovery efforts in that earthquake stricken country. The six teams from the SDF are part of that amazing organization’s canine-firefighter volunteers who have assisted in numerous international and national recovery efforts since their founding.

Established almost twenty years ago by Wilma Melville, a retired schoolteacher from New Jersey, who  with her Lab Murphy, in 1995 was one of the only 15 Advanced Certified teams in the entire U.S. who worked at the bombed Oklahoma City Federal Building. That experience gave Melville the “determination to find a better way to create highly skilled canine search teams,” so she established SDF the following year in 1996.

SDF is the only non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to finding and training rescued dogs and partnering them with firefighters. They recruit dogs from shelters and breed rescue groups, then provide the dogs with professional training, and match them with firefighters and other first responders who then go on to find people trapped in the wreckage following disasters. They go to great lengths to find canines with the exceptional characteristics required in a search dog: intense drive, athleticism, energy and focus. The traits that can often make dogs unsuitable as family pets and land them in a shelter—intense energy and extreme drive—are exactly the qualities required in a search dog. SDF offers these talented animals what they crave: a job! The dogs (primarily Labs, Golden Retrievers, Border Collies and mixes) are recruited from animal shelters and rescue groups throughout the Western states—some just hours away from being euthanized. A happy ending for all… as these dogs are transformed from rescued to rescuer. The teams are provided at no cost to fire departments or taxpayers, and with no government funding.  Do think of donating to this worthwhile organization so they can continue in their mission to help disaster victims.

Watch the video to see the teams walking up to their  plane. We wish them, and the people of Nepal well.

 

 

 

FDA Warns on Pet Exposure to Topical Pain Meds
Creams can sicken and kill animals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners who use prescription topical pain medications containing flurbiprofen to use care when using them (on humans) in a household with pets.

Pets are at risk of illness and death when exposed to certain pain medications applied to the skin of their owners. Even very small amounts of flurbiprofen, such as a slight amount left on a cloth applicator, could be dangerous to pets.

This advice follows reports made to the FDA of cats in two households that became ill or died after their owners used prescription-strength topical medications containing flurbiprofen on themselves to treat muscle, joint, or other pain. The pet owners had applied the cream or lotion to their own neck or feet, and not directly to the pet, and it is not known exactly how the cats became exposed to the medication.

The products contained the flurbiprofen and the muscle relaxer cyclobenzaprine, as well as other varying active ingredients, including baclofen, gabapentin, lidocaine, or prilocaine. Flurbiprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

People are warned to keep all medicines out of reach from their companion animals. With any sort of cream, lotion, or ointment, keep any applicators or cloths with the drug away from pets and be mindful of any drug that falls to the floor. If your pet experiences lack of desire to eat, lethargy, vomiting, or tarry stools, and you suspect exposure to such pain creams, bathe the animal and seek veterinary care immediately. Inform the veterinarian of the potential for flurbiprofen exposure.

Forbes also reports that:

Not included in the FDA warning is that no topical prescription product exists with these combinations. While the drug combinations are still prescribed by physicians, they are formulated at compounding pharmacies. These tailor-made, individual products are advertised for treatment of neck and back pain, tendon inflammation, and myalgia (muscle pain). Applying them directly to the skin allows for greater concentrations of the drugs to penetrate to the desired site of action while minimizing the toxicity to the rest of the body if large doses were taken orally.

Veterinarians with patients suspected of NSAID toxicity should ask whether flurbiprofen-containing products are used in the household.

As our dogs, the FDA warning states, “Understand that, although the FDA has not received reports of dogs or other pets becoming sick in relation to the use of topical pain medications containing flurbiprofen, these animals may also be vulnerable to NSAID toxicity after being exposed to these medications.”

- Store all medications safely out of the reach of pets.

- Pet owners who use topical pain medications containing flurbiprofen should take care to prevent exposure of the pet to the medication.

- Consult your health care provider on whether it is appropriate to cover up the treated area to prevent your pet from being exposed.

- Safely discard or clean any cloth or applicator that may retain medication and avoid leaving any residues of the medication on clothing, carpeting or furniture.

- If you are using topical medications containing flurbiprofen and your pet becomes exposed, bathe or clean your pet as thoroughly as possible and consult a veterinarian.

- If your pet shows signs such as lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, or other illness, seek veterinary care for your pet and be sure to provide the details of the exposure.

- Pet owners and veterinarians can also report any adverse events to the FDA.

Note that even very small exposure to flurbiprofen can be potentially life-threatening to pets.

Billie Holiday and Her Dogs on Her 100th Birthday

This week marks the centennial (April 7, 1915) of one of America’s greatest and most individualist artists, Billie Holiday. Considered the greatest jazz vocalist of all time, Holiday’s distinctive vocal style made her musicianship equal to the titans of the golden era—Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Lester Young—all musical collaborators with the great “Lady Day.” Her troubled life, drug addiction and arrests, could not overshadow one of the most creative legacies of the 20th century. Holiday’s influence still reverberates today. A constant presence in her later years were her dogs—Mister, a Boxer and Pepi, a Chihuahua. They no doubt provided comfort during uncertain times, and the love that echoes throughout many of her songs.

Mister and Billie Holiday, 1946. William P. Gottlieb/Libray of Congress
Pepi and Billie Holiday, 1957. Bob Willoughby/Redferns

FOUND: First Ever Dog Tech Conference Offers Glimpse of Future
Megan Casey, Co-founder/CEO of Pack

What does technology hold for the future of dogs? It’s an interesting question that was posed by the FOUND Dog Tech Conference held at San Francisco’s Digital Garage last Thursday, March 19. The inaugural FOUND event was created by Pack, a social network for dogs and their owners. One of the new breed of tech companies designed to serve next generation dog owners and their canine companions, Pack brought together tech movers and shakers to rally around common causes—to elevate the conversation around dog focused technology businesses, share new ideas and opportunities, and ponder their collective future. The leaders of Pack, RoverPetcubePrideBites and Whistle took to the stage to showcase their particular vision on dog business. Part product showcase, part tent revival—each presenter worked hard to convince the audience that the “pet space” was being reinvented and that the market opportunity ($80 billion annually) is huge and growing. The big message: dogs, and thus these start-ups, were to be taken seriously.

Dog tech today is based more on emulation then innovation, so one is more apt to meet the Fitbit for dogs or Uber for dogwalkers then fresh, radical ideas. The most successful business models are service oriented—helping dog owners (or pet parents as marketers like to say) hook up with care, products and social groups. But the financial investment appears to be real, and early success is helping people forget the failures of the past. Pets.com and its talking sock puppet is often cited as the poster child for misguided failure from tech’s big bust in the late ’90s. Today’s entrepreneurs are working hard to connect to the burgeoning pet market and find success.

What does tech have in store for dogs and their people? Here are a few takeaways from FOUND:

Dogs are not frivolous—they help us be healthier and happier, and thus should be considered part of the health and wellness industry. This shift in perspective reflects a line of thinking that may find traction with investors, and in turn foster more innovation.

Dogs make us social—Pack’s goal is to connect dog owners … to each other, to their cities, to their dogs. Think of Facebook for dogs, a canine social network. Pack Co-founder/CEO Megan Casey emphasized the relationship between dogs and their owners’ well-being. She also noted that more than half of all U.S. smartphone users have dogs.

Responding to underserved markets—Rover connects owners to a nationwide network of qualified dog boarders. Founder/CEO Aaron Easterly feels he has identified a large underserved market, one that operates in what he termed “the shadow economy”—casual transactions between family and friends that operates under the radar of standard business analysis. The early returns of his venture are promising enough to secure a new round of $25M investment, raising Rover’s total funding to over $50M.

Customization—PrideBites is pursuing the megatrend of personalization, the desire of consumers to design their own product. In this case, it’s placing your dog’s name or likeness on to toys and apparel made in China but the greater potential lies in customized dog food, pharmaceutical products and data systems.

Digitizing dogs—Whistle is one of a handful of new “smart” collars or wearable devices that monitor a dog’s activity with the capacity to connect data to health providers. “Our goal with Whistle,” said Jacobs, “is to give dogs a voice.” As the technology expands, expect more complex data monitoring and analysis.

What was missing? For all the talk of unconditional love and dogs making us better people, we didn’t hear talk of a deeper understanding of dog people and their needs. Nor was there acknowledgement of the wide diversity of the canine community. But that may have to wait for Dog Tech 2.0—for now, companies are targeting the low hanging fruit. Speaking of community, scant mention was made of efforts to contribute to our most pressing issues … animal rescue/adoption, humane causes or education. I hope that changes.

For now, it was refreshing to see a serious gathering of energetic, smart business people committed to dogs, or at least, the dog market. Some good things will take hold, others will fail, but in the end, there will be new services and products to make your life and your dogs’ a little better. One of the most insightful comments of the evening came from panelist Jon Lax, director of product design at Facebook … “the goal for any dog app or website should be to make us better caretakers. If we are spending more time with our apps than we are with our dogs … then something is amiss.”

Bark’s Best Places to Work
A directory of dog-friendly companies

The following businesses understand the value of working in the company of dogs— whether it’s writing code, blowing glass or saving the environment … work is just better with a dog by your side. We’ve gathered together the most comprehensive list of dog- friendly workplaces in America, both large and small, covering 30 states. We salute these companies for working and playing hard, and valuing a belly-rub and as much as a balance sheet. (If you know a dog-friendly company we’ve missed, please add it in the comments)

Company: 3five, Inc. 
Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN 
Business type: Web/Mobile Design 
Number of employees:
3five.com

Company: Advent Software 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Software 
Number of employees: 1141 
Dog-friendly notable: The company hosts dog-related event and "holistic health" classes for their pet owners. 
advent.com

Company: Amazon 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Online Retailer 
Number of employees: 88,500 
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs must remain on a leash unless it is behind a baby gate or in an office with a closed door. 
amazon.com

Company: archer>malmo, inc.
Headquaters: Memphis, TN
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 160
archermalmo.com

Company: Assembly of Dog 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Dog Daycare / Boarding 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: Employees dogs board for free and receive treats and poo bags.  
assemblyofdogseattle.com

Company: Autodesk 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Software 
Number of employees: 7000 
Dog-friendly notable: Autodesk offers pet insurance as a benefit, and dog ID tags. 
autodesk.com

Company: Average Joes Entertainment
Headquaters: Nashville, TN
Business type: Record Label
Number of employees: 25
averagejoesent.com

Company: Ben & Jerry's  
Headquarters: South Burlington, VT 
Business type: Ice Cream Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 110 
Dog-friendly notable: Approximately 110 human employees and roughly 15 to 20 dogs 
benjerry.com

Company: Big Communications 
Headquarters: Birmingham, AL 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 43 
Dog-friendly notable: Milk bones, dog beds and Frosty Paws aplenty.  
bigcom.com

Company: Big Foot Media
Headquaters: Chicago, IL
Business type: Media/Video Production
Number of employees: 5
bigfootcreates.com

Company: Big Spaceship 
Headquarters: Brooklyn, NY 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 62 
Dog-friendly notable: Office dogs have professional photos taken for website feature. 
bigspaceship.com

Company: BISSELL Homecare, Inc. 
Headquarters: Grand Rapids, MI 
Business type: Floor Care Products Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 2000 
Dog-friendly notable: Pet Spot, is their pet-friendly facility featuring work stations, conference area, indoor kennels, dog bathing station and play area. 
bissell.com

Company: Bitly
Headquaters: New York, NY
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 65
bitly.com

Company: Boa Technology 
Headquarters: Denver, CO 
Business type: Technology 
Number of employees: 72 
Dog-friendly notable: Hosts dog-friendly events and pet health/wellness programs. 
boatechnology.com

Company: Boly:Welch 
Headquarters: Portland, OR 
Business type: Consulting 
Number of employees: 32 
Dog-friendly notable: Longstanding relationship with the Oregon Humane Society through volunteerism and in-kind support.   
bolywelch.com

Company: Bomber Industries
Headquaters: Silverthorne, CO
Business type: Retailer
Number of employees: 4
bomberonline.com

Company: Bravo! Vail
Headquaters: Vail, CO
Business type: Music Service
Number of employees: 15
bravovail.org

Company: Build-A-Bear-Workshop 
Headquarters: St. Louis, MO 
Business type: Toy Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 4,250 
Dog-friendly notable: Featured on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list. 
buildabear.com

Company: Bulkley West 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Manufacturers Representative Group 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: Current staff/dog ratio: 5 employees and 8 dogs  
bulkleyassociates.com

Company: Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners 
Headquarters: Sausalito, CA 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 150 
Dog-friendly notable: Listed on Outside magazine's 50 Best Companies to Work, their day includes a daily group dog walk. 
bssp.com

Company: Camp Bow Wow of Bridgewater 
Headquarters: Bridgewater, NJ 
Business type: Dog Daycare / Boarding 
Number of employees: 45 
Dog-friendly notable: Provide free daycare, discounted boarding/training/grooming. 
campbowwow.com/bridgewater

Company: Canine Detection and Inspection Services 
Headquarters: La Grange, IL 
Business type: Inspection Services 
Number of employees: 10 
Dog-friendly notable: All dogs have full health coverage and an abundance of toys/treats/snuggles. 
canineinspection.com

Company: Cape Art Tiles
Headquaters: Truro, MA
Business type: Print Manufacturing
Number of employees: 6
capearttiles.com

Company: Carnation Corners 
Headquarters: Carnation, WA 
Business type: Retail 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: Treats for all.  
carnationcorners.com

Company: CattleDog Publishing
Headquaters: Davis, CA
Business type: Publishing
Number of employees: 6
droshophiayin.com

Company: Century Box 
Headquarters: Methuen, MA 
Business type: Folding Carton Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 120 
Dog-friendly notable: Employs a dog walker while the pooches are on-site. 
centurybox.com

Company: Certified Wildlife Friendly  
Headquarters: Bainbridge Island, WA 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: Closes office for annual ski day and summer outings—including dogs on cross country skiing and summer adventure (paddling, hiking or biking).  
wildlifefriendly.org

Company: Chehalem Wines 
Headquarters: Newberg, OR 
Business type: Winery/Distillery/Brewery 
Number of employees: 14 
Dog-friendly notable: Grassy one-acre fenced-in dog area next to the winery provides room for playing and socializing. 
chehalemwines.com

Company: Chuck Latham Associates 
Headquarters: San Diego CA 
Business type: Pet Products Broker 
Number of employees: 50 
Dog-friendly notable: Pets get to test and taste products from companies represented. 
clareps.com

Company: Clif Bar & Company 
Headquarters: Emeryville, CA 
Business type: Manufacturer of Food 
Number of employees: 350 
Dog-friendly notable: Large off-leash area, VPI pet insurance discount, unlimited paid time-off to volunteer for animal causes. Included on Outside's Best Places to Work list in 2010. 
clifbar.com

Company: Country Walkers 
Headquarters: Waterbury, VT 
Business type: Tour Operator 
Number of employees: 23 
cwadventure.com

Company: Cram Crew
Headquaters: Houston, TX
Business type: Education
Number of employees: 50
cramcrew.com

Company: Culver Brand Design
Headquaters: Milwaukee, WI
Business type: Design Agency
Number of employees: 18
culverbd.com

Company: Dean Insurance Agency
Headquaters: Altamonte Spring, FL
Business type: Insurance
Number of employees: 4
dogbitequote.com

Company: Delphic Digital
Headquaters: Philadelphia, PA
Business type: Digital Agency
Number of employees: 42
delphicdigital.com

Company: Diamond Creek Pet Retreat & The Canine Sports Center 
Headquarters: Goshen, CT 
Business type: Dog Training 
Number of employees: 15 
Dog-friendly notable: Outdoor exercise area for on and off-leash activity, dog treadmill when weather is bad, numerous treats. 
caninesportscenter.com

Company: Doggyloot 
Headquarters: Chicago, IL 
Business type: Online Retailer 
Number of employees: 15 
Dog-friendly notable: Copious amounts of samples, chews, treats, toys and doggy accessories. 
doggyloot.com

Company: dogIDs
Headquaters: Fargo, ND
Business type: Retailer
Number of employees: 11
dogids.com

Company: Dogster/SAY Media 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Entertainment 
Number of employees: 300 
Dog-friendly notable: Poop bags and treats aplenty. Brings together visiting children and dogs for added fun. 
dogster.com

Company: Dogtopia 
Headquarters: North Bethesda, MD  
Business type: Dog Daycare / Boarding 
Number of employees: 84 
Dog-friendly notable: Complimentary dog daycare services, discounts on boarding and retail products. 
dogdaycare.com

Company: DogTrekker 
Headquarters: San Rafael, CA 
Business type: Travel Directory / Online Services 
dogtrekker.com

Company: Dogwise 
Headquarters: Wenatchee, WA  
Business type: Book Publisher 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs encouraged to try new products—toys and treats. 
dogwise.com

Company: Etsy 
Headquarters: Brooklyn, NY 
Business type: Online Retailer 
Number of employees: 200 
Dog-friendly notable: Since its start in 2005, the craft marketplace site Etsy has been a dog friendly office. 
etsy.com

Company: Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force
Headquaters: Columbia Falls, MT
Business type: Veterinary
Number of employees: 30
fsntf.org

Company: Fluent City
Headquaters: Brooklyn, NY
Business type: Education
Number of employees: 8
fluentcity.com

Company: Found Animals 
Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees: 40 
Dog-friendly notable: Dog food/treats aplenty. Ample time allotted to employees for walks/playtime with pets. 
foundanimals.org

Company: Frenchie Winery 
Headquarters: St. Helena, CA 
Business type: Winery/Distillery/Brewery 
Number of employees: 50 
Dog-friendly notable: For every bottle of Frenchie wine sold, $1 was donated to the ASPCA foundation to support animal rights. 
frenchiewinery.com

Company: Freshpet 
Headquarters: Secaucus, NJ 
Business type: Pet Food Manufacturer   
freshpet.com

Company: Fueled 
Headquarters: New York City, NY 
Business type: App Design 
Number of employees: 30 
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs welcome in the office at all times, doggy toys/food available. 
fueled.com

Company: Giraffe Marketing 
Headquarters: Durango, CO 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: All outdoor events include dogs and in company cars, a canine co-pilots encouraged. 
giraffemktg.com

Company: Glassy Baby 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Glass Blowing   
glassybaby.com

Company: Google 
Headquarters: Mountain View. CA 
Business type: Web Search Engine 
Number of employees: 20,000+ (Mountain View)  
google.com

Company: Grassroots solutions, inc 
Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN 
Business type: Consulting 
Number of employees: 40 
Dog-friendly notable: Treats, toys, cozy sleeping areas provided. 
grassrootssolutions.com

Company: Halmoni 
Headquarters: Oakland, CA 
Business type: Retail 
Number of employees:
halmoni.net

Company: Harbors Home Health & Hospice
Headquaters: Hoquiam, WA
Business type: Home Care
Number of employees: 48

Company: Healthwise 
Headquarters: Boise, ID 
Business type: Health Information Provider 
Number of employees: 210 
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs have played a part in its culture from the first day, thanks to Healthwise’s dog-loving CEO, Don Kemper, who currently shares his office with a Bulldog mix named Tuba 
healthwise.org

Company: Healthy Paws Pet Insurance 
Headquarters: Bellevue, WA 
Business type: Insurance 
Number of employees: 30 
Dog-friendly notable: Discount on pet insurance, healthy snacks, former vet technicians on staff. 
healthypawspetinsurance.com

Company: Helen's Salon 
Headquarters: Claremore, OK 
Business type: Beauty & Cosmetics 
Number of employees: 4

Company: HelloSociety
Headquaters: Santa Monica, CA
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 22
hellosociety.com

Company: Humane Society of the United States 
Headquarters: Washington, DC 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees: 623 
Dog-friendly notable: Employees reimbursed for pet care expenses incurred due to work-related travel. Discounts on pet insurance. Flexible visits permitted for vet appointment, vacation leave or other needs.  
humanesociety.org

Company: Hydro Flask
Headquaters: Bend, OR
Business type: Manufacturer
Number of employees: 34
hydroflask.com

Company: Ideapark 
Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 26 
Dog-friendly notable: Full treat jar in the kitchen and a smattering of beds around the office. 
ideapark.com

Company: IMC
Headquaters: Holmdel, NJ
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 15
imc-nj.com

Company: IMRE 
Headquarters: Baltimore, MD 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 83 
imre.com

Company: InsightSquared
Headquaters: Cambridge, MA
Business type: Software
Number of employees: 105
insightsquared.com

Company: Integrated Benefit Consultants 
Headquarters: Rolling Hills Estates, CA 
Business type: Insurance 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: Pet insurance is provided as part of our employee benefits. 
ibenefitconsult.com

Company: Intent Media 
Headquarters: New York City, NY 
Business type: Technology  
intentmedia.com

Company: Jaime Ellsworth Studio
Headquaters: Friday Harbor, WA
Business type: Arts
Number of employees: 4
jaimeellsworth.com

Company: Jersey Printing Associates 
Headquarters: Atlantic Highlands, NJ  
Business type: Print Manufacturing 
Number of employees: 26 
jerseyprinting.com

Company: Joliet Slammers
Headquaters: Joliet, IL
Business type: Baseball
Number of employees: 300
jolietslammers.com

Company: Jones Soda 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Manufacturer of Soda 
Number of employees: 20 
jonessoda.com

Company: Justia 
Headquarters: Mountain View, CA 
Business type: Legal Portal / Online Services 
Number of employees: 80 
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs roam free, attend meetings, go on walks, offered treats and special birthday celebration. 
justia.com

Company: Justuno
Headquaters: San Francisco, CA
Business type: Software
Number of employees: 9
justuno.com

Company: JVST USA LLC.
Headquaters: San Francisco, CA
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 7
jvst.us

Company: K9 Country Club & Training Academy 
Headquarters: Bulverde, TX 
Business type: Dog Daycare / Boarding 
Number of employees: 12 
Dog-friendly notable: Employees gets access to the Beach Club, discounts on grooming, doggie daycare. Offer field trips with their dogs. 
k9countryclub.net

Company: Karmaloop 
Headquarters: Boston, MA 
Business type: Online Retailer 
Number of employees: 200 
karmaloop.com

Company: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. 
Headquarters: Indianapolis, IN 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees: 21 
Dog-friendly notable: Office dogs sit in on staff meetings, hang out with the employees and play outside. 
kibi.org

Company: Keiler 
Headquarters: Farmington, CT 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 46 
Dog-friendly notable: Incorporated “Puppy Policy” into employee handbook—allowing dogs to accompany their owners into the office on any given day of the week.   
keiler.com

Company: Kiosked Ltd
Headquaters: Los Angeles, CA
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 45
kiosked.com

Company: Klutz 
Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA 
Business type: Gaming 
Number of employees: 43 
klutz.com

Company: KolbeCo 
Headquarters: O'Fallon, MO 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: 5th year of producing an annual donation drive—Frills For Furbabies—to support local animal shelter Stray Rescue of St. Louis. 
kolbeco.net

Company: Kriser's 
Headquarters: Chicago, IL 
Business type: Pet Food Manufacturer 
krisers.com

Company: Kyjen 
Headquarters: Centennial, CO 
Business type: Pet Food Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 26 
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs are a vital part of the creation of Kyjen products. Regular company outings with dogs. 
shop.kyjen.com

Company: Larson Family Winery 
Headquarters: Sonoma, CA 
Business type: Winery/Distillery/Brewery 
Number of employees: 20 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides dogs 100 acres of land and vineyards with a creek to roam and explore.  
larsonfamilywinery.com

Company: Law Offices of Daniel F. Brookman 
Headquarters: Santa Monica, CA 
Business type: Law Firm 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: Offers leashes, water dishes, treats and toys for all the dogs, plus daily dog walk breaks. 
danielbrookmanlaw.com

Company: Le Chateau Pet Resort
Headquaters: Amarillo, TX
Business type: Pet Resort
Number of employees: 24
lechateaupetresort.com

Company: LeashLocket, Ltd./AEI 
Headquarters: Denver, CO 
Business type: Pet Product Manufacturer 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: Office features plenty of dog beds, treats, chews and toys, plus time for dog walking. 
leashlocket.com

Company: Liftopia 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Online Retailer 
Number of employees: 35 
Dog-friendly notable: Dog toys, dog beds aplenty. 
liftopia.com

Company: LocalResponse 
Headquarters: New York, NY 
Business type: Advertising Network 
Number of employees: 25 
localresponse.com

Company: Lovely 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Rental Listing / Online Services 
Number of employees: 15 
Dog-friendly notable: Outdoor and indoor space for dogs—indoor facilities offers bean bags and lounge chairs to share with employees.  
livelovely.com

Company: Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards 
Headquarters: Solvang, CA  
Business type: Winery/Distillery/Brewery 
Number of employees: 34 
Dog-friendly notable: Company dogs have been featured in winery promotion photos. 
llwine.com

Company: Madison House Assisted Living Residence 
Headquarters: Cortez, CO 
Business type: Assisted Living Residence 
Number of employees: 17 
seniorhousingoptions.org

Company: Marcus Thomas LLC 
Headquarters: Cleveland, OH 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 150 
Dog-friendly notable: All the meeting rooms are named after their dogs.  
marcusthomas.com

Company: Martinez Animal Hospital  
Headquarters: Martinez, CA 
Business type: Veterinary Hospital 
Number of employees: 17 
martinezanimalhospital.com

Company: mcgarrybowen
Headquaters: New York, NY
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 600
mcgarrybowen.com

Company: Midland School 
Headquarters: Los Olivos, CA 
Business type: School 
Number of employees: 24 
Dog-friendly notable: 2,864 acres of open space to frolic, dogs live in dorms with students, integrated into study and work life.  
midland-school.org

Company: Milton M. Muraski DDS Inc.  
Headquarters: Hilo, HI  
Business type: Dental Office 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: Office dog(s) provide love and relaxation for patients and staff. 
drmurasaki.com

Company: Ministry of Supply
Headquaters: Boston, MA
Business type: Retailer
Number of employees: 10
ministryofsupply.com

Company: Momofuku Milk Bar 
Headquarters: New York City, NY 
Business type: Bakery 
Number of employees: 89 
Dog-friendly notable: Daily dog walks with employees, plus occasional baked treat extraordinaire.  
milkbarstore.com

Company: Morristown Deli 
Headquarters: Morristown, NJ 
Business type: Restaurant  
Number of employees: 20 
Dog-friendly notable: Active supporter of local shelters and rescue organizations. 
facebook.com/morristowndeli

Company: Motivators
Headquaters: New York, NY
Business type: Distributor
Number of employees: 60
motivators.com

Company: Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory 
Headquarters: Petaluma, CA 
Business type: Factory and Store 
Number of employees: 100 
Dog-friendly notable: Outside kennels for factory workers dogs, office dogs accompany their owners. 
mrsgrossmans.com

Company: Natural Habitat Adventures 
Headquarters: Boulder, CO 
Business type: Wildlife Safaris 
Number of employees: 36 
Dog-friendly notable: Dog treat stations throughout the office, extensive open space for walks/runs.  
nathab.com

Company: Nebo Agency 
Headquarters: Atlanta, GA 
Business type: Web/Mobile Design 
Number of employees: 45 
neboagency.com

Company: Neff Associates 
Headquarters: Philadelphia, PA 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 12 
neffassociates.com

Company: NORTH
Headquaters: Portland, OR
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 30
north.com

Company: Now What
Headquaters: New York, NY
Business type: Strategy/Research
Number of employees: 30
nowwhat.com

Company: O.H.S.O. Eatery & nanoBrewery 
Headquarters: Phoenix, AZ 
Business type: Winery/Distillery/Brewery 
Number of employees: 65 
Dog-friendly notable: Homemade dog treats to all guests, sponsors fundraisers benefitting dogs. 
ohsobrewery.com

Company: ODEL PLC 
Headquarters: Colombo, Sri Lanka 
Business type: Clothing 
Number of employees: 200 
Dog-friendly notable: Sponsors adoption programs, rescue and treatment plus education programs aiding street dogs. 
odel.lk

Company: Ogden Contract Interiors, Inc.
Headquaters: San Francisco, CA
Business type: Contractor
Number of employees: 25
ocisf.com

Company: Ombud 
Headquarters: Denver, CO 
Business type: Software 
Number of employees: 10 
Dog-friendly notable: Monthly grooming, daily runs/walks by dog walker, dog pantry, dog picnics, visits to Dog Adventure Park. 
ombud.com

Company: Onestop Internet 
Headquarters: Compton, CA 
Business type: Technology 
Number of employees: 220 
Dog-friendly notable: Doggie breaks, treats and playtime. 
onestop.com

Company: OverGo Studio
Headquaters: Southport, NC
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 10
overgostudio.com

Company: Page One Web Solutions
Headquaters: Portland, ME
Business type: Web Development
Number of employees: 18
pageonewebsolutions.com

Company: Palantir Technologies
Headquaters: Palo Alto, CA
Business type: Software Company
Number of employees: 750
palantir.com

Company: Paula's Choice 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Beauty & Cosmetics 
Dog-friendly notable: Offers discount pet insurance. 
paulaschoice.com

Company: Paws 
Headquarters: Tucson, AZ  
Business type: Veterinary Hospital 
Number of employees: 20 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides free pet training, free pet food once a month and underwater treadmill.  
pawstucson.com

Company: Peskind Law Firm 
Headquarters: St. Charles, IL 
Business type: Law Firm 
peskindlaw.com

Company: Pet Sitters International (PSI) 
Headquarters: King, NC 
Business type: Association 
Number of employees: 14 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides annual $50 veterinary-care reimbursement, annual Hungry Bowl™ Pet Food Drive and an Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day® celebration. 
petsit.com

Company: PetPeople 
Headquarters: Hilliard, OH  
Business type: Pet Supplies Retailer 
Number of employees: 11 
Dog-friendly notable: Offers employee discounts, store dog uniforms for in store/event dogs, discounted vet visits. 
petpeoplestores.com

Company: Peterson Milla Hooks Advertising
Headquaters: Minneapolis, MN
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 65
pmhadv.com

Company: Pose 
Headquarters: Santa Monica, CA 
Business type: Technology 
Number of employees: 14 
Dog-friendly notable: Employees take turns walking and playing with whichever dogs are present. 
pose.com

Company: Possible 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 1500 
Dog-friendly notable: Dog owners alias to share info or schedule play time in office. Large chalk mural in the main lobby showcases 11 office pups. 
possible.com

Company: PrintingForLess.com 
Headquarters: Livingston, MT 
Business type: Print Manufacturing 
Number of employees: 170 
Dog-friendly notable: Ample outdoor space for the dogs to run and exercise. 
printingforless.com

Company: Procter & Gamble 
Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH 
Business type: Pet Food Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 358 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides free pet food to employees up to 400 lbs. annually; 5% discount on pet insurance. 
iams.com eukanuba.com

Company: Qualey Granite & Quartz 
Headquarters: Veazie, ME 
Business type: Counter Top Fabricator 
Number of employees: 18 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides 2 fenced acres for play and recreation. Dogs have full run of the office, including quiet spots.  
qualeygranite.com  

Company: Radio Systems Corporation
Headquaters: Knoxville, TN
Business type: Manufacturer
Number of employees: 627
petsafe.net

Company: RE/MAX Results So Co 
Headquarters: Saint Louis, MO 
Business type: Real Estate 
Number of employees: 30 
Dog-friendly notable: Open door pet policy at all times. 
facebook.com/remaxresultssoco

Company: RedRover 
Headquarters: Sacramento, CA  
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees: 14 
Dog-friendly notable: Offers annual veterinary allowance associated with emergency care to eligible employees.   
redrover.org

Company: Replacements, Ltd. 
Headquarters: Greensboro, NC 
Business type: Retail 
Number of employees: 450 
replacements.com

Company: Road Rebel Entertainment Touring Logistics 
Headquarters: San Diego, CA 
Business type: Travel and Logistics 
Number of employees: 50 
Dog-friendly notable: Features a "pup commissioner" as well as a dog committee to promote a happy, healthy, puppy environment. 
road-rebel.com

Company: Rover.com 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Sitter Listings / Online Services 
Number of employees: 30 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides communal dog treats and pet clean-up supplies, plus walk breaks. 
rover.com

Company: RSA FILMS 
Headquarters: West Hollywood, CA 
Business type: Production Company 
Number of employees: 50 
Dog-friendly notable: Treats plus mobile dog grooming service visits once every three weeks. 
rsafilms.com

Company: Ruffwear 
Headquarters: Bend, OR  
Business type: Dog Product Manufacturer  
Number of employees: 25 
Dog-friendly notable: Supports positive feelings dogs bring to the office environment.  
ruffwear.com

Company: S/Nipped 
Headquarters: Coos Bay, OR 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: Offers medical services and products to employees and board members at cost.  
snippedandspayed.webs.com

Company: Sam Simon Foundation
Headquaters: Malibu, CA
Business type: Dog Training / Non-Profit
Number of employees: 8
samsimonfoundation.org

Company: Service Dog Project 
Headquarters: Ipswich, MA  
Business type: Dog Training / Non-Profit 
servicedogproject.org

Company: Sevnthsin 
Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN 
Business type: Web/Mobile Design 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: Community doggy water dish and several doggy beds for naps. 
sevnthsin.com

Company: Scream Agency
Headquaters: Denver, CO
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 6
screamagency.com

Company: Small Dog Electronics 
Headquarters: Waitsfield, VT 
Business type: Retail 
Number of employees: 30 
Dog-friendly notable: Insurance for dogs of all full time employees. 
smalldog.com

Company: Small Girls PR
Headquaters: Brooklyn, NY
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 14
smallgirlspr.com

Company: SoundCloud
Headquaters: San Francisco, CA
Business type: Music Service
Number of employees: 18
soundcloud.com

Company: SpareFoot 
Headquarters: Austin, TX 
Business type: Technology 
Number of employees: 90 
Dog-friendly notable: Dog snacks aplenty. Employees keep track of pets on official Puppy Calendar. 
sparefoot.com

Company: Sports Basement 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Outdoor Retailer  
sportsbasement.com

Company: Springbox Digital Partners
Headquaters: Austin, TX
Business type: Digital Media
Number of employees: 45
springbox.com

Company: StackMob, Inc. 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Technology 
Number of employees: 28 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides free doggie daycare, belly rubs, treats. 
stackmob.com

Company: Summit Contractors Group 
Headquarters: Jacksonville, FL  
Business type: Construction 
Number of employees: 60 
Dog-friendly notable: Fenced-in playground, full interaction with clients and other employees.  
summitcontractors.com

Company: SUP ATX 
Headquarters: Austin, TX 
Business type: Retail 
Number of employees: 32 
Dog-friendly notable: Complimentary meet-up group for people and their dogs for instructions on how to paddle board. 
supatx.com

Company: Swift
Headquaters: Portland, OR
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 85
swift.co

Company: Swift Collective 
Headquarters: Portland, OR 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 23 
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs are welcome at everyone's desk and in every meeting. 
swiftcollective.com

Company: SwiftTest 
Headquarters: Santa Clara, CA 
Business type: Software 
Number of employees: 65 
Dog-friendly notable: Employees take dogs for walks, include them in meetings, play fetch.  
swifttest.com

Company: Synapse Product Development 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Product Development 
Number of employees: 165 
Dog-friendly notable: Dog club promotes dog events, plus Dog Faces directory on a wiki, dog resources and information. 
synapse.com

Company: Tassel Depot 
Headquarters: Deerfield Beach, FL  
Business type: Manufacturing  
Number of employees: 16 
Dog-friendly notable: Promotes a home-like welcome to dogs. 
tasseldepot.com

Company: theAmplify
Headquaters: Culver City, CA
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 10
theamplify.com

Company: The Clymb 
Headquarters: Portland, OR 
Business type: Outdoor Retailer 
Number of employees: 108 
theclymb.com

Company: The Glenn Group 
Headquarters: Reno, NV 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 40 
Dog-friendly notable: 4th annual “Dog Mob & Fair” benefits pet-approved organizations, including The Shakespeare Animal Fund and The Animal Foundation. Annual bring your dog to work event and party hosted at their offices.  
theglenngroup.com

Company: The Golden Paw 
Headquarters: San Diego, CA 
Business type: Pet Resort 
Number of employees: 18 
Dog-friendly notable: Access to doggie day care, free overnight lodging and discounts on grooming/retail/food. 
thegoldenpaw.net

Company: The Honest Kitchen  
Headquarters: San Diego, CA 
Business type: Pet Food Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 26 
Dog-friendly notable: The "co-woofers" receive discounted  pet insurance, frequent pet trainers, nutritionists, birthday celebrations. 
thehonestkitchen.com

Company: The Nerdery 
Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN 
Business type: Interactive Design 
Number of employees: 450 
Dog-friendly notable: Weekly "dog frolics unleashed in the Nerditorium." 
nerdery.com

Company: The Squires Group, Inc. 
Headquarters: Annapolis, MD 
Business type: Consulting 
Number of employees: 25 
Dog-friendly notable: Fido-friendly, stress easing workplace featured on a local ABC News Channel. 
squiresgroup.com

Company: The Watering Bowl
Headquaters: St. Louis, MO
Business type: Doggy Day Care
Number of employees: 36
thewateringbowl.com

Company: Tito's Handmade Vodka 
Headquarters: Austin, TX 
Business type: Winery/Distillery/Brewery 
Number of employees: 60 
Dog-friendly notable: Web launch to fundraise for national low cost spay neuter called "Vodkafordogpeople.com" 
titosvodka.com

Company: Tomlinson's Feed & Pets 
Headquarters: Austin, TX 
Business type: Pet Supplies Retailer 
Number of employees: 60 
Dog-friendly notable: Treats, socialization, and entertainment aplenty. 
tomlinsons.com

Company: TrainingPeaks 
Headquarters: Boulder, CO 
Business type: Software 
Number of employees: 48 
trainingpeaks.com

Company: Treats Unleashed 
Headquarters: St. Louis, MO 
Business type: Pet Food Manufacturer 
Dog-friendly notable: Pet amenities feature the 'Barking Lot' and the 'Woof Top Dog Run' for their dogs to play.  
treats-unleashed.com

Company: Trupanion 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Pet Insurance 
Number of employees: 250 
Dog-friendly notable: Full-time dog walking service with option for trips to the dog park, pet bereavement day, baby gates and tethers at every cubicle pod, pet insurance, official pet team to oversee the pet policy. 
trupanion.com

Company: Vaughn building
Headquaters: Austin, TX
Business type: Real Estate
Number of employees: 6

Company: Vision 360 Design  
Headquarters: Dallas, TX 
Business type: Hospitality Design  
Number of employees: 10 
Dog-friendly notable: Website dogs claim positions of Head of HR, Security, and Public Relations Representative. Company provides doggie treats, walks, babysitting, birthday parties, and photo shoots. 
vision360design.com

Company: WAKA Kickball & Social Sports 
Business type: Social Sports 
Number of employees: 150 
Dog-friendly notable: All employees work out of their home offices, thus pet-friendly.  
kickball.com

Company: Wasabi Rabbit
Headquaters: New York, NY
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 17
wasabirabbit.com

Company: Wild Goose Chase, Inc. 
Headquarters: La Grange, IL 
Business type: Wildlife Management 
Number of employees: 32 
Dog-friendly notable: Full health insurance package as well as all the toys, treats, vitamins, and nutritional supplements aplenty. 
wildgoosechasers.com

Company: Winchester House 
Headquarters: Libertyville, IL 
Business type: Long Term Care/Rehabilitation 
Number of employees: 100 
winchesterhouse.com

Company: Wolf Conservation Center 
Headquarters: South Salem, NY 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: Staff dogs can accompany employees/volunteers on trips — modeling for the online store or as an impromptu therapy dog on a visit to a local center for people with developmental disabilities. 
nywolf.org

Company: Working Dogs for Conservation 
Headquarters: Bozeman, MT 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees:
Dog-friendly notable: Offers working dogs the opportunity to be happier, healthier dogs and contributing better scientific data while bonding with handler. Dogs get a full retirement when their working career is over.   
workingdogsforconservation.org

Company: Wyatt Technology Corporation 
Headquarters: Santa Barbara, CA 
Business type: Scientific Instrument Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 102 
wyatt.com

Company: Zynga 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Gaming 
Number of employees: 1757 
Dog-friendly notable: The company pays a portion of pet insurance, offers a rooftop play area and hosts a professional photo-shoot on annual Puppy Love day.  
company.zynga.com

Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark’s editor in chief. Cameron Woo is The Bark’s publisher.