Blog Post

Schnauzers and retrievers and corgis, oh my!

June 08, 2018

“Bye bye! Be a good puppy! I’ll be home later.” That’s how we usually begin our morning, hopping in the car for the commute to the Maritz campus, sans our furry friends, who have to stay home.

While we’re in meetings, they’re home on the couch. While we’re running to the cafeteria for a salad, they’re gnawing on stuffed animals. While we’re slaving away at a hot keyboard, they’re back on the couch!

But this week, our dogs got a surprise when they were allowed to visit our Fenton campus during our 9th annual Bring Your Dog to Work Day.

Our canine companions spent the day with their favorite employees, hanging out in offices and cubicles, heading to meetings with teams (and other dogs), and enjoying special activities planned just with them in mind.

Season Cooley, a technical trainer in Maritz IT Services, came to work with Fosse, a miniature schnauzer.

“My dog is such an important part of my personal life,” Season said. “I love the opportunity to introduce her to coworkers and share that with them. Also, she gets to find out where I go every day. Getting to bring my dog allows me to share another aspect of my personality with my coworkers, and I love that I can do that.”

The dogs took advantage of the sunny weather to meet and greet each other at Yappy Hour, then headed on a parade around campus led by CEO Steve Maritz and his dog Trixie.

One of the best parts, Season said, was the opportunity this year to have a caricature made of her dog.

Employees could make a donation to the Animal Protective Association to receive a caricature drawn by artist Robin Hull. The caricatures were incredibly popular, and Robin probably drew more floppy ears than she’s ever drawn before.

Season says Fosse “had a blast. Between running from dog to dog and person to person and the amount of Beggin’ Strips Bill Moulder fed her, she was so exhausted by the end of the day she could barely move.”

Now she knows how we all feel after a long day at work!

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