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no dogs on this sofaAll you canines out there, tomorrow, June 21, is Take Your Dog to Work Day.  No dogs on this sofa, so jump up and enjoy a day at work with your people.

About 1.4 million owners take some 2.3 million dogs to work every day, according to an American Pet Products Association survey.

Higgins the shop dog at Totally Kids fun furniture and toysPerks of a shop dog!

Higgins, the shop dog, at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys works everyday.  Well, goes to work, but it’s debatable whether or not she works.  If lounging and thinking that she looks cute sitting a chair or under a desk is work, well then.

Tips from Cesar Milan:

Try introducing these steps for a calm and successful day at the office.

1. If possible, send out a simple “dog rules” memo to all your co-workers. The memo should address protocol for the day. Outline where dogs are allowed and where they are not, specify what to do in the case of a mess and rules for approaching a dog that’s new to the office, starting with “no touch, no talk, no eye contact.” Require all dogs to be spayed or neutered and up-to-date on all shots. Clearly define “off limits” areas of the office and be aware of colleagues that may be allergic to dogs.

2. Make sure you exercise your dog before you bring him or her to the office. You want to exhaust some of that pent-up morning energy before arriving at work.

3. Once you arrive, make a safe, cozy resting spot near you. This will keep your dog from acting territorial, and reduce separation anxiety.

4. Lead your dog around the office at the beginning of the day and let him smell his surroundings. This way you can introduce him in neutral territory.

5. If your dog’s stay is short, provide water but no food or treats. If your dog is staying for the entire day, you’ll have to provide food but make sure you exercise him before feeding.

                          Nick-Nack-Paddy-Wack Give Your Dog a Bone recipe below.

Home made Dog  treats

Easy-Peasy Peanut Butter Dog Treats (makes about 3 dozen)

This recipe and many other dog treats can be found at the Pet Guide.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup smooth natural or organic peanut butter
  • 1 cup hot water or 1 cup skim milk
  • Optional: 1 egg

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2. Mix together the flour and baking powder in a big bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the peanut butter and hot water until smooth. Slowly add the dry mixture and mix well. Add a little more water or milk if the dough is too dry, or flour if it’s too wet.

4. Place onto your counter and roll to 1/4″ thickness.

5. Cut with a bone shaped cookie cutter and place on a cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Let cool, and then let the begging begin!

“No Dogs on This Sofa” pillow is available at: CallyCo.

It is Take Your Dog to Work Day. Is your pooch helping you at work today?

Our Shop Dog, Higgins comes to work every day. Last August Sidewalk Dog featured Higgins.

Here is the article:

We at Sidewalk Dog have a soft spot for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels like Luc, the original Sidewalk Dog who passed away this spring. So when Annie Seberson of Totally Kids fun furniure & toys in Bloomington e-mailed us about her shop dog, a Cav named Higgins, our hearts naturally melted. The more we learned about Higgins (is that a great name or what? We wish she had a doggie-sized tweed jacket, monocle and pipe to go with it … ), the more we loved her. Here’s what we learned about the little Cav who graces what her mom calls “the largest children’s furniture and toy store on the planet.”

Sidewalk Dog: Can you give us some background on your store?

Annie Seberson: Kay (my mother) is an interior designer specializing in children’s rooms and decided that opening a retail store would showcase fun and interesting products making them available to many more people. We are a woman-owned, mother/daughter team. We love what we do and have been serving the Minneapolis area since 1983.

SD: Tell us about Higgins. How did she come into your life?

AS: Higgins is a black and tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She is 2 ½ years old. In 2008, my mother and I were having coffee at Starbucks and saw two Cavaliers cuddling with their owner on a bench on the sidewalk. We had never seen that breed before and were so impressed with their markings and disposition; we just had to get one. Higgins loves hiking and cuddling with anybody, anywhere, anytime. She especially loves a tummy rub.

SD: How long has Totally Kids had a shop dog?

AS: We have had a shop dog for nine years. Before Higgins, there was Cinder. Cinder was a mild-mannered, people-loving golden retriever belonging to an employee, Bob. Bob brought Cinder to work everyday for seven years. Cinder is now in doggy heaven.

SD: Do you let other dogs in your shop?

AS: Dogs are always welcome; we have doggie treats and a water bowl. Higgins likes to share.

SD: How does Higgins react to the customers? How do the customers react to her?

AS: Higgins loves everyone. Many of our customers are children and they are always excited to see Higgins.  Our staff are all enthusiastic dog lovers with pictures of their pups on their computers as screen-savers and pinned to the walls in the office. Higgins is the inspiration behind a Halloween costume party for dogs called “Wag-o-ween” that we host in October.

SD: What do you like about having a shop dog? Are there any frustrating moments?

AS: There has not been one frustrating moment with having a shop dog. I think everyone needs a shop dog. They bring joy, entertainment, and warmth to the work environment.

SD: Do you think having a shop dog draws people to patronize your store?

AS: Yes, I think people like being greeted by a friendly, fluffy, tail-wagging little dog.