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Matt Palidoro, whose cousin owns a dog bakery and keeps him supplied with treats for his officemates, says, “The dogs are a huge perk on the job. If you see two dogs playing with each other, you can decompress easily.”

This group seems to function on some kind of organic, village-like level, with everyone looking out for and being somewhat involved in raising the “village’s” dogs. For example, it’s easy for the dog people to ask colleagues to handle an occasional dog-sitting stint. So many of the non-dog owners, including correspondent Wyatt Cenac, have stories about times they hosted one of the dogs while their people were out of town. Talk about a benefit!

All in all, as Tim Greenberg describes it, “This is a giant dog playground. The dogs run around, and there are at least eight to 10 treat stations throughout the office. Ally’s got her own schedule of things she does. She gets exercise running up and back. The only thing that would make it better is if there were grass and squirrels [inside].”

Coda
After a long day taking in the sights and sounds of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart dog-land, moving from cubicle to cubicle, I felt as though I were blending into the landscape, becoming like one of the free-range dogs. As the day ended, I was pleased to be invited into the office of The Man himself. (Stewart’s two French Bulldogs, Smudge and Barkley, were not there, being not quite ready for primetime.) Stewart seemed not to notice that dogs had infiltrated the office — he said he thought “they were interns who were lying around on the floor,” and he “assumed they just getting college credit” for their work. I quipped, “but you rub their tummies, I hope.” He retorted, “Well, I like to treat our interns with respect.” I also apologized for any dog-paw scratches he might notice on his studio desk, which we used for the photo session. Graciously, he claimed that he, too, was an avowed desk scratcher.

Who, after all, could blame the dogs for anything? In Stewart’s opinion, all the dogs there are “really the cream of the crop, all have been to military school, their behavior is impeccable, their manners are impeccable, their English is impeccable.” Plus, “Who doesn’t love the dogs?” There is nothing better than dogs, and they bring out the best in us too. Nothing better. Confirming my observation that everyone has a ball here, he added that, “obviously we’ll take you to the reptile room after this.” 

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 70: Jun/Jul/Aug 2012
Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and editor in chief. thebark.com

Photographs by KC Bailey

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Submitted by Amy | June 20 2012 |

I was so excited when the recent issue of BARK was in the mailbox. The Daily Show is one of my most favorite shows for over a decade! John Stewart is hilarious and seems like he would be awesome to work with. After reading your Pawesome article on the Daily Show office dogs, I love the show even more! I've always thought John Stewart was a great guy, but now I know for sure :) Must admit, I'm pretty jealous of all you BARK folks that got to hang out in their offices!!

Take Care,

Amy & the Pack: Ella,Wickett,Mr.Darcy,& Nettle

Submitted by Beth Stultz | June 21 2012 |

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Submitted by Anonymous | January 25 2013 |

Wow that link that you passed us http://www.takeyourdog.com/ what an interseting site! I'm downloading the free action pack as we speak!
Thanks, Sophia.

Submitted by Anonymous | June 24 2012 |

Yay, I'm so happy that the Daily Show folks are good dog people.

But really--the owner with the sweet dog that he takes around NYC without a leash. I don't want to be a scold, but I was disturbed that this was reported without comment. Doesn't part of being a loving dog owner include protecting our pet from harm? I know a New Yorker whose well-behaved and lovable dog was recently run over by a bus in NYC after it (unexpectedly) darted off of the sidewalk and into traffic untethered. Anything could distract your little guy. Please use a leash in the city if you love your pet.

Submitted by Kris | October 3 2012 |

I agree. We are charged to take care of our pets wherever we take them.

Submitted by Jeremy McBride | May 17 2013 |

I really don’t like his brand of humor, but occasionally he will have some humorous moments. Not until reading this post about his love of dogs, did I learn about his compassion for them. I might be rethinking my opinion of Jon Stewart. More info at this web site.

Submitted by Katherine | May 23 2013 |

Never watched The Daily Show much, and could've cared less who Jon Stewart was (sorry Jon Stewart). But after seeing pics of him walking his rescue pit and learning about the dog-friendly environment their workplace is, I am more curious about the show and what he's really about.

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