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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

Dog-Dancing Taken to New Heights
Sandra Roth and Lizzy with a showstopping performance

Dog-dancing is taken to its heights and none display this better than Sandra Roth and Lizzy at The Open European Championships in Heelwork to Music and Freestyle 2014, held in Stuttgart, Germany. “There are no compulsory movements or elements, so each team can present their individual strengths and skills,” reads Dogdance International’s preamble. “No other dog sport offers that much flexibility to ... adapt each performance to the capabilities and needs of each team member (dog as well as human).”

Sandra Roth is a ballet and jazz dancer with a passion for dogs, so moving into dog-dancing was a natural for her and turned out to be the perfect sport. As for Lizzy, her dancing companion, Roth writes in her profile that “Lizzy has been learning tricks and freestyle moves since she was a puppy. But we’ve had many problems and she was not an easy dog. So our main focus for the first 3 years was on her social behaviour and not on dog sports.”

Roth continues that Lizzy “gets more and more confident and our relationship has improved a lot. She is also starting to enjoy the attention by the audience.”

And Roth adds that, “Other than dancing we also do some obedience training, we do Treibball, scent work, lunging, dog scootering and whatever is fun for both of us.”

Don’t you agree that their performance takes your breath away? And by the time Lizzy is doing her front-leg-crossover, I couldn’t stop the tears, this was oh so lovely.

 

Adopted Dogs Star in Oscar Ad
Home is where the dogs are in new Coldwell Banker spot

There are few things better than coming home and being greeted with the wagging tails and the unbridled joy our dogs exude. These moments are gloriously featured in a new commercial titled “Home’s Best Friend” the made its debut during ABC’s airing of The 87th Academy Awards on February 22.

The 30-second ad spot is produced by Coldwell Banker Real Estate and features 16 rescued dogs discovered on Adopt-a-Pet.com. To help more dogs find a forever home, Coldwell Banker is announcing the “Homes for Dogs Project.” By teaming up with Adopt-a-Pet.com, the largest nonprofit pet adoption website in North America, the campaign aims to find homes for 20,000 dogs in 2015.

“Our previous spots have showcased the joy of coming home, so this year it made sense to portray who’s on the other side of the door,” said Sean Blankenship, chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “With more than 43 million U.S. households having dogs, there is no question that our pets go hand-in-hand with our love of home. The ‘Homes for Dogs Project’ takes this a step further, allowing our affiliated companies to join us in helping adoptable dogs find homes.”

It’s an admirable goal, and a good example of how some corporations are partnering with humane organizations to brand their values and philanthropy. “Dog love” also resonates with consumers, and this effective commercial captures the delight that many of us experience every time we walk through the door.

The annual Oscar airing has become a popular launching pad for commercials trying to capture a more sophisticated crowd as opposed to the populist viewership of the Super Bowl. Advertisers often choose to debut their more thoughtful and cinematic spots during the Oscar telecast. For Coldwell Banker, they are hoping that the most memorial clip you saw at Hollywood's big awards broadcast was be their new commercial.

An Eye for Photography and a Heart for Giving
Left to right: Daryl Street Dog by Traer Scott, 2008; Wrestlers by William Wegman, 1998; New Jersey by Elliott Erwitt, 1971

Ruth Silverman is a treasure. She combines a curator’s eye for fine photography with a lifelong passion for dogs. It has resulted in two seminal books The Dog: 100 Years of Classic Photography and The Dog Observed, numerous photo exhibits and a personal collection that rivals many museums. The Bark crossed paths with Ruth many years ago, and she has been an invaluable advisor to our efforts on many fronts, introducing us to a host of great photographers and art of all kinds that have graced our pages. Ruth is one of those people who seem to know everyone, after having been a curator for the International Center of Photography in New York, as well as a successful photojournalist. She takes delight in connecting creative parties, be it in art, writing or publishing—Ruth is a cultural matchmaker.

Visiting Ruth in her home in Berkeley is like a trip to gallery row. Every wall, shelf and corner is filled with fine prints, paintings and photographs …  a framed André Kertész, a William Wegman Polaroid, a classic Nicholas Nixon. We were excited to hear that Ruth has donated a good portion of her collection to raise money to help the dogs she so dearly loves. Friends have organized a month-long online auction to benefit both the SPCA’s “Take Your Best Shot” program, which increases the adoption rate in high‐kill, low-income shelters by presenting quality, attractive portraits of available pets to potential adopters, and the HSUS’ “Pets for Life” program, which addresses the need for spay and neuter services in underserved communities.

The appropriately named “Good Dog Art Exhibition and Silent Auction” can be viewed online at http://tinyurl.com/GoodDogArt through February 26, 2015. It’s a wonderful opportunity to acquire first-rate photography and art while helping animals in need and the programs that serve them. And if you happen to be in the Bay Area this month, you can view the art in person at two venues—Wag Hotels and San Francisco SPCA. A special Good Dog Art Party is being held at Wag Hotels on the closing night of the auction, February 26. Tickets can be purchased at the URL above. We hope you’ll expand your art collection and help the dogs!

Dogs Welcome at Heaven's Gate
with Pope's Blessing CORRECTED VERSION

On Dec. 16 The New York Times, where the following article was sourced from, published a clarification about the remarks attributable to Pope Francis:

An article on Friday about whether Pope Francis believes that animals go to heaven — a longstanding theological question in the church — misstated the pope’s recent remarks and the circumstances in which they were made.

He spoke in a general audience at the Vatican on Nov. 26, not in consoling a distraught boy whose dog had died. According to Vatican Radio, Francis said, in speaking of heaven, “The Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us.” He did not say: “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” Those remarks are reported to have been made by Pope Paul VI to a distraught child.

An article on Nov. 27 in Corriere della Sera, the influential Italian daily, compared Francis’ comments to Paul’s, and concluded that Francis also believed that animals go to heaven. A number of subsequent news reports then mistakenly attributed both quotations to Francis; The Times should have verified the quotations with the Vatican.

What a refreshing, and can I say, enlightened pope that Catholics have with Pope Francis! In responding to a little child’s grief at his dog dying, Francis told a crowd at St. Peter’s Square that, indeed, “paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” This message sent theological scholars and humane societies across the world into a frenzy, the former trying to figure out exactly what the pope meant, the latter rejoicing in the great news that dogs and all animals can go, and merit going to heaven, and in fact, have souls. Such marvelous news. In reading through the reports about this “divine” decision, it was learned that it wasn’t until 1854 when papal infallibility was actually inscribed in that faith by Pope Pius IX who also supported the doctrine that animals have no consciousness, hence have no place in heaven, and even worse he tried to stop the founding of an Italian chapter of the SPCA. But back in 1990, Pope John Paul II seemed to reverse Pius when he said that “animals do have souls and are “as near to God as men are.” This position wasn’t well advertised by the church. Unfortunately John Paul was followed by the stricter more conservative, Benedict who reverted back to Pius’s position.

But now we have a new pope and definitely a new age in the way that most view animals, with a pope who, “citing biblical passages that assert that animals not only go to heaven, but get along with one another when they get there." Francis was quoted by the Italian news media as saying: “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.”

The editor of Catholic magazine, the Rev. James Martin, who is also Jesuit, like the pope, said that he believed that the pope was at least asserting that “God loves and Christ redeems all of creation,” and adds that “he’s reminding us that all creation is holy and that in his mind, paradise is open to all creatures, and frankly, I agree with him.”

While it is not such as surprise that Pope Francis, who took his papal name from St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, would take this humane, enlightened position, it is a remarkable gift he has given to all animal lovers this holiday season. Viva le Pope Francis!

 

 

NBA Player Klay Thompson Stars at the Dog Park
Klay Thompson and Rocco play fetch at Berkeley's Cesar Chavez Park

Ever wonder how a professional athlete handles the pressure of competition and a grueling 6-month long schedule? For burgeoning NBA star Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, it’s a walk in the park … the dog park. When Klay isn’t in the gym or on the road, he likes to take his dog Rocco, an English bulldog, to his local off-leash area at Cesar Chavez Park in nearby Berkeley (CA). We’ve seen him there, playing fetch and doing what dog people do … unwinding, taking in some fresh air. “With me, my friends or my family, I can’t help but talk about basketball, so this is my escape,” Thompson is quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle profile.

ESPN analyst and hall-of-fame player Charles Barkley calls the 6 ft 9 Thompson the best NBA player at his position—strong praise. Thompson’s team, the Golden State Warriors, apparently agrees, recently resigning their star shooting guard to a multi-year, $70 million contract. What was Thompson’s response at the post-signing press conference? “We were trying to get the contract signed, and all he wanted to do was go home to his dog,” mused Warrior general manager Bob Myers.

We know the joys firsthand of Cesar Chavez Park OLA, it’s where the idea for The Bark was born. In fact, the 17-acre OLA overlooking the San Francisco Bay was founded by Bark co-founder Claudia Kawczynska in 2000. One of the founding dogs was Claudia’s dog Nellie … named after former Warrior coach Don Nelson. A bit of history we think Klay Thompson would appreciate.

Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular
With Dogs Galore + Hilary Swank, Jane Lynch and many more stars
Hilay Swank, Miley Cyrus, Channing Tatum, Queen Latifah

There is a must-watch TV telethon on Thanksgiving night for all dog lovers. We urge you to tune into the history-making Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular, a first-of-its kind program that features rescue dogs, and only rescue dogs. The show came out of the remarkable efforts of co-producers, Hilary Swank and Michael Levitt, both of whom are big-time advocates for dog rescue/adoption. The show will be cohosted by Hilary Swank and Jane Lynch, and feature a cast of leading Hollywood celebrities, including Channing Tatum, Miley Cyrus, Queen Latifah, Betty White, and so many more.

The idea behind the program is the need to bring the plight of rescue dogs to center stage. It’s amazing, but sadly true, that many Americans still do not understand that millions of dogs are needlessly killed annually in this country, or that others are languishing in overcrowded shelters waiting, and waiting for their forever homes. This program wants to convince people that dogs must be saved and that the perfect dog is waiting for you at your local rescue group or area shelter. From purebreds to one-of-a-kind mixed breeds, there is a rescue dog there for you and your family.

The show will also be a celebration of the human-dog connection and, as Hilary explained, “it will be a joyful family show with a lot of fun and lots of dogs, with best tricks, best howlers, celebrity lookalikes, best viral dog video, plus celebrating the people who have done good work to help dogs and organizations that are doing good things and sharing all those stories.” It’s great that they’ll be featuring the heroes on the front lines of animal rescue, those rescue organizations that work tirelessly to save lives, such as Beagle Freedom Project (featured in Bark’s fall issue) This remarkable show will celebrate not just the rescuers, but also, the dogs themselves, from mixed breeds to purebreds, from youngsters to seniors and those with special needs, highlighting their uplifting, life-affirming stories. This makes for perfect viewing for the whole family.

On Tuesday, Hilary Swank was interviewed by Ryan Seacrest on his very popular iHeart radio show , she explained to the listeners, as she did in our winter issue, the problems faced by dogs in shelters and how grateful they are to their rescuers, she explained how tirelessly rescue groups work to care for dogs and connect them to forever homes, and she also gave The Bark a big shout out. She told Ryan that while she has been on the covers of Vogue and Vanity Fair, it was more important to her, and a bigger honor, to be featured, with her dear dogs, Rumi and Kai, on the cover of The Bark!

We were thrilled by her words but we’ll be even more thrilled if you tune into Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular, 8 to 10 pm (7 pm Central time) on Thursday, Thanksgiving night on your local Fox station—tuning in is very important because a large viewership will give networks the green light for further rescue advocacy programming. And, as executive producer Michael Levitt notes, “This is our big opportunity to change the misperception of shelter animals and show the world that rescuing a dog is always the way to go.”

I hope you will be moved to donate to the cause and open your hearts to adopt a rescue dog or help in any way you can. This is a cause where every person can make an important difference. So remember: adopt, foster or donate, and most importantly, spread the word. Join Swank, Levitt and your local rescue communities in saving the lives of animals and enriching your own as well.

For Q&A with HIlary Swank, see here

Jonny Justice: From Bad Newz Kennel to Dog of The Year

The yearly Humane Award Winners presented by the ASPCA® is a way to bring attention and notoriety to a handful of deserving individuals—outstanding people and animals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to animal welfare. These individuals act as role models and sources of inspiration for the humane community and the world at large. The 2014 awards were just announced, and include two heroes that we are well familiar with … Jonny Justice has been named ASPCA Dog of the Year, and Lori Weise, co-founder of Downtown Dog Rescue (Los Angeles) was awarded the prestigious ASPCA Henry Bergh Award. We’ve covered both Jonny and Lori in lengthy features in The Bark, and congratulate them on this special, well-deserved honor.

 

ASPCA Dog of the Year
Jonny Justice
San Francisco, Calif.

Jonny Justice was one of 49 dogs rescued from unimaginable cruelty as part of the 2007 Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting investigation, which resulted in the conviction of NFL quarterback Michael Vick and others. The ASPCA played a central role in the investigation, assisting with the recovery and analysis of forensic evidence from Vick’s property, and leading a team of certified applied animal behaviorists to evaluate the rescued dogs. A black and white pit bull, who had little or no positive interactions with people or other dogs, Jonny was given a second chance when he was adopted by his foster parents, Cris Cohen and Jennifer Long. As Jonny adjusted to life as a typical pet, it became clear that he loved interacting with children. In 2008 he found his true calling as a therapy dog, and these days spends much of his time offering love and support to terminally ill children receiving medical treatment (and their families). Jonny is also a champion for literacy, and has participated in programs, where children practice their language skills by reading aloud to him. The tale of Jonny’s inspirational comeback from the horrors of dog fighting to work as a therapy dog has traveled far and wide, even inspiring a line of plush toys that extend his ability to touch children across the country.
For our original story click here.
 

ASPCA® Henry Bergh Award
Lori Weise, Downtown Dog Rescue
Los Angeles, Calif.

During her daily commute eighteen years ago to a furniture factory on the edge of Skid Row in Los Angeles, Lori Weise routinely saw stray dogs suffering from terrible abuse and horrific neglect. Inspired to act, Lori and her coworkers created Downtown Dog Rescue in the back of her furniture factory to rescue animals from dangerous situations and care for them. For many animals, it was the first time they ever experienced compassion. Known as “The Pit Bull Lady,” Lori has evolved Downtown Dog Rescue into a large volunteer-based animal charity that rescues dogs and assists underserved communities in South East Los Angeles, Watts and Compton. Lori and Downtown Dog Rescue created the South L.A. Shelter Intervention Program in 2013, providing pet owners resources to keep their pets rather than relinquish them to the South L.A. Animal Shelter. Downtown Dog Rescue now has its own kennel with room for 35 dogs, and has provided free spay/neuter surgeries for more than 10,000 dogs in the Los Angeles area. Lori has also helped almost 13,000 dogs and cats stay in their homes and avoid being placed in shelters.  Lori’s selfless and nonjudgmental philosophy continues to break down obstacles and change the landscape for animal welfare in these Los Angeles communities.

For our original story click here.

Tom Brady’s Best Friend Is a Pit-Mix Named Lua

Today’s inbox brings us a special bit of eye-candy (also known as publicity pitches) that we think is worth sharing. It’s a video featuring NFL quarterback Tom Brady playing fetch with his dog Lua. This short contemplation on hard work, success and man’s best friend is a promotion for UGG, the Australian shoemaker who employs Brady as their official pitchman. We don’t know if it will make people run out and buy their shoes, but maybe a few will be inspired to adopt a Pit or Pit-mix ... like Tom.

Ruling Against a Park Ranger for Using a Taser on a Dog Walker

A couple of years ago we reported that Jackie Speier (D-Calif) deserved a Bark call-out for a job well-done for “ripping” into the National Park Service for an agent who used a taser on a man who was running with his small dogs off-leash in an unincorporated area in San Mateo County.

Now a judge has ruled that the park ranger, Sarah Cavallaro, acted unlawfully when she used her taser on Gary Hesterberg. Not only that but Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley also found that since the leash law had never been enforced at the Rancho Corral de Tierra—which had only recently been acquired by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area—that the ranger overstepped her duty that day, the first day of leash enforcement. Rangers had been instructed to take a “soft enforcement, outreach approach with regards to violations of the Rancho’s new rules.” This was an approach that apparently Cavallaro did not follow.

It was reported that

“After four minutes with the stun gun pointed at him, Hesterberg said he had a heart condition and again asked what authority he was being held under, to which Cavallaro answered, “the Constitution.”

“That is no kind of answer,” Hesterberg responded, before turning to leave. When he did, Cavallaro fired her stun gun, hitting Hesterberg in the back and buttocks, court records show.

When Hesterberg was confronted by the ranger about the leash policy, he, allegedly, was uncooperative and would not provide her with his name. So after being tasered he was actually arrested on suspicion of failing to obey a lawful order, keeping dogs off-leash and providing false information, but San Mateo County prosecutors declined to file charges.

Back in 2012, Representative Speier had noted that, “Many of my constituents are understandably angered by what appears to be an excessive use of force by a park ranger.” She added, “From the information I have to date, it does not appear that the use of a taser was warranted.” Speier also requested information about training in taser usage for park rangers, including the appropriate utilization and risks of tasers.

The court also found that Hesterberg, though uncooperative, never posed an immediate threat to Cavallaro or anyone else and that the ranger did not provide an adequate warning that she would shoot him with the stun gun if he tried to leave.

The judge found in favor of Hesterberg, awarding him $50,000 in damages for both physical and mental suffering.