Celebrating Office Dogs is a blog series where we pay tribute to the companies that embrace the canine culture and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work.
At Ruffwear, we know there are many benefits to having our canine sidekicks by our side but we wanted to explore the benefits that other companies see in opening their offices to dogs, what special accommodations (if any) they put in place to make the office dog-friendly, and hear their inspiring and, at times hilarious, office dog stories.
For this third installment, we are highlighting Kelty outdoor equipment located in Boulder, Colorado. Since 1952, Kelty has been building affordable, reliable outdoor gear that enables everyone, from the first-time camper to the experienced mountaineer, to embrace any experience with confidence.
Being an outdoor company, in an outdoor town, they also happen to understand the importance in the human-canine bond and embrace sharing that bond at work. We had a chance to connect with Marily MacDonald, Kelty’s Web Marketing expert to ask her about the dogs in their office.
Q: How many employees are at Kelty?
Eighty five people in the office.
Q: How many dogs do you see in the office on an average day?
Twelve to eighteen – Sunshine, Daly, Kady, Meeka, Bodi, Madison, Tucker, Jack, Bella, Aspen, Duncan, Oskar, Denali, Jackson and Gracie.
We have a grassy spot right outside our office that employees can take their dogs out and they can run and socialize.
Our office has provided dog waste stations around the building – so the poop doesn’t interfere with any frisbee sessions or tent set ups.
We also have lots of old sleeping bags that we give to our employees for dog beds at their work stations.
Q: What are the benefits of having dogs in the office?
Smiles! Walks and potty breaks!
Having dogs in the office provides a more relaxed culture, while still maintaining the work hard, play hard concept. When you need a quick break from your work, it’s very energizing to visit with one of the office dogs. It puts a smile on your face and gives you the quick breather you need to refocus.
It also really helps connect everyone in the office as a community builder. Sometimes you know a puppy’s name before the employee’s name! It also helps bring people over from other departments who you might not interact with regularly.
It’s easier to work late when you’re not racing home to let the dog out. Plus midday walks are a great opportunity to get some fresh air… and fresh inspiration.
Seeing Nick’s little dog in his desk drawer sleeping.
For a Halloween prank the design department made fake dog poop and put it all over the office. One employee actually thought it was his pup’s accident! (Mike & Sunshine)
Leashed in the office or free range?
Both. It just depends on the demeanor and behavior of the dog ; )
Any additional comments of how dogs add to your office culture?
They don’t want to know what’s going on at work, nor do they care. Jumping into their world for a bit is a good mental break. They’re all, “check out my new ball”.
Dogs bring a sense of comfort and coziness to the office! Everyone loves it and guests who come by are always so excited to give some love to the hounds.
We’re outdoorsy people and dogs are a big part of the outdoor experience for many.
Taking a break to throw the ball or going for a run at lunch gets us outside during the day and reminds us how much fun it is to get out and play.
We have also had visits by employee’s cats and a rabbit once.