What Dogs Think of Take Your Dog to Work Day

Ibex honors Take Your Dog to Work Day every day. We have a fully open door policy for bringing dogs to work and it’s our great pride to announce that we recently won the Purina Pets at Work Award for 2013. We’re 100 percent committed to the boost that dogs bring to our daily satisfaction, productivity and humor. At Ibex: Dogs Matter. (You’re going to want to click that link. It was a barely concealed ‘plant’ to something that will make you smile.)


June 21 is national “Take Your Dog to Work Day.”

Whereas human-centric holidays are celebrated with free time, love, flowers, presents and beer, Take Your Dog To Work Day is celebrated by doing the thing we complain about the most.

This is the holiday we create for our best friends? Work.

We all have words we spell out in front of our dogs for fear they’ll get over-excited if they hear the real thing. “Rex wanna play F-R-I-S-B-E-E? Gertie wanna go on a W-A-L-K?”

Oddly, you never hear: “Who wants a S-T-A-P-L-E-R? Who wants a C-O-P-I-E-R?” Dogs are smart. Dogs are unmoved by the allure of strategy meetings and quarterly reports.

And yet, there we go. We load them in the truck or alongside the bike – giving the illusion that we’re off to a super-sweet new adventure. Their minds are already firmly entrenched in their happy place: streams to splash in, tennis balls falling from the sky, dog biscuits growing on trees and mud puddles just waiting for a good splash.

Then you pull up to the office. Ol’ Rex is probably still reeling with optimism. “Good plan,” he’s thinking. “We’ll drop off that briefcase and load up the water bottles because we are going to partay today. Woof!”

Hope is not dimmed upon entering the hallowed halls of the workplace. To the contrary, Rexie sees a bunch of dogs that appear to have similar plans. At first, he shyly wonders if this was a surprise party in his honor, as you’d be inclined to do. But with no streamers or party hats, he quickly makes rounds to say hello, sniff butts, get tummy rubs and the like.

He’s worked the room. Etiquette has been followed and it’s time to get going on the day ‘o’ fun. That’s when he sees you. You’re not picking up water and extra balls. You’ve settled into your office and it appears…wait…yes, you are typing on the computer.

He stands – tail wagging at once enthusiastically and plaintively – at the door. His head cocks to the side and his ears do that irresistible folded over thing. Rex, the dog who is stoked on everything from a nap in the shade to day-long hike, hears the only words that can dampen his excitement.

“You’re a good boy, Rex. Lie down. Good boy.”

An hour or so later, Rex rolls over, stretches and walks over to you at your desk. His tail is swinging lazily side to side as he rests his head in your lap and looks up at you with only his eyes.

That’s the moment you realize that Take Your Dog to Work Day isn’t really a holiday for dogs at all. It’s for us. It’s the one day each year we’ve dedicated to eight extra hours of happiness and unmitigated love.

Redundantly,every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day at Ibex.

Do you take your dog to work?  If so you can win our contest.  Since everyday is take your dog to work day at Ibex, and to celebrate National Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 21st, we’re giving away a Shak FZ, a Ruffwear Mt Bachelor Pad dog bed, and a lint roller to one lucky owner of the best photo of their pet at the office. To enter upload your photo to our Facebook wall, Twitter or Instagram and tag it #ibexlovesdogs. Entries must be uploaded by 3pm on Friday, June 21st, Ibex will the winner after 5pm on Facebook.