Friday was a day for dog lovers.
Buster and Maggie, two Australian shepherds, sauntered into Parker White's office and laid their heads next to his legs, stepping on his toes and waiting for a treat. White, an attorney at a downtown Sacramento law firm, says it happens all the time.
But White's dogs weren't the only ones who went to work on Friday. Employees from several local businesses brought in their favorite furry friends - and in some cases their trusted assistants - for Pet Sitters International's 15th annual "take your dog to work day."
Beth Stultz, a spokeswoman for Pet Sitters International of King, N.C., said the campaign began as a way to encourage workplaces around the world to open their doors to dogs and promote adoptions from local shelters. She said some companies have even turned the day into a fundraiser for local pet organizations.
"We have companies that do fundraisers, photo booths, games, specials events, pet fairs," Stultz said, who brought in Bree, her Chihuahua, and Harper, a miniature belly pig, to work.
The Porch and Capitol Garage restaurants in midtown offered 10 percent off lunch or dinner for customers who brought in their dogs. They also gave something special to their companions - homemade doggy treats.
Government Financial Strategies Inc., a public finance consulting firm located across N Street from the Capitol, celebrated the day with a doggie lunch.
In addition to giving out awards for competitions like best trick and best costume, each dog was given a goodie bag with treats and toys.
President Lori Raineri brings her seizure-alert dog, Daisy, a border collie mix, to work every day.
"She'll be quite interested in the fact that there will be other dogs in the office," Raineri said.
But, even with all of the excitement, everyone still got back to business. Administrative assistant Amanda Simpson said her pug Oscar sleeps on top of her desk while she works.
White said he has brought his dogs - including Buster and Maggie - to his Poswall, White and Cutler office every day since the firm opened 20 years ago.
"I love having my dogs around," White said. "They're just kind of reassuring."
White said that his dogs have helped to put many first-time clients at ease when they come into the office.
Buster and Maggie were joined Friday by two yellow labs, Jake and Hudson, when they all gathered around receptionist Sally Iannone for a treat.
While some take their dogs to work every day, Bart Cremers puts his two border collies to work. As a livestock and rangeland manager at Wildlands, a Rocklin-based habitat land management company, Cremers uses his two dogs, Baxter and Wiley, to round up and relocate cattle.
"It's cool to have the dogs just hanging out and playing while I'm outside doing my work," Cremers said. "It's just a nice perk."
He said there have been times when his crew wouldn't have been able to get work done without their working dogs.
At the offices of the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the dogs allow co-workers and their canines to build relationships.
"You could be walking down the halls and there goes Phoebe your little Chihuahua to go meet your other co-workers for her morning treat," said public relations manager Tracy Popma.
At the offices, Popma said she and her co-workers bring in many amenities for their dogs - pillows, beds, toys, and a lot of treats.
"There's just a lot of love in the office for these animals," she said.
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