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Pooch for a workmate?

If you think it’s a far-fetched idea to have pugs or labradors roaming the corridors in your office, then here’s some news for you.

entertainment Updated: Jun 01, 2010 00:18 IST
Harsha Bhatnagar
Harsha Bhatnagar
Hindustan Times

Have you ever wondered how would it be, if apart from your colleagues, cute little pooches gave you company at work? If you think it’s a far-fetched idea to have pugs or labradors roaming the corridors in your office, then here’s some news for you. In some offices across the Capital, pooches are more than welcome to join their owners at work. Dogs, too, at work. Riti Malik owner of Chrysalis Design Studio, Gurgaon not only takes her five dogs to work, she also encourages her employees to bring in their pets. “Angel — the Labrador, Buddy — a Pug and Pompi, Pogo and Tangy the three Pomeranians are the stress managers of my office. We work at a mad pace, but with these pets around, things are a lot more lively,” she says.

Rutaksha Rawat, an employee at publishing house Creature Companion, says her boss’ dogs Ginny and Ronny, join them at work everyday. “We live in cubicles at work. But when they greet us as we walk into office, we feel very welcome. Ginny even comes for a cuddle now and then,” says Rawat. “This is a popular trend in the foreign countries. Having pets from different staff members in office is good for enhancing interpersonal relations, so it’s a great idea to implement even in Delhi where people work very long hours,” says Rimi Saxena, an HR executive with A2Z Group.

Sonya Kochhar of Canine Elite Kennel confirms the growing trend in the Capital, saying, “Nowadays I get a lot of queries from people, including employers, who want to take pets to office.” Advocating the presence of pets at work, she says, “It’s great to have them around, and if they are well trained, they are easy to maintain. Just make sure there is lots of water available and their mealtimes are not disturbed. Give them bones to keep them busy.”

Counter point
However, for some it’s hard to adjust to unknown pets. “It was very difficult for me to be friends with Fluffy, the pet, in my office. I don’t understand this weird thing of having pets at workplace, no matter they are trained to behave or not. If pets are allowed in the office, then parents should also be permitted to bring their kids to work, rather than having them send to a creche,” says Jay Ahuja, 25, a chartered accountant with a South-Delhi based firm.

Well! All of you who don’t have liking for dogs must try and develop a soft corner for them, as ‘being friendly’ with pooches, may soon become a criterion when you scout for a job!

First Published: May 31, 2010 16:10 IST