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Bring Your Dog To Work

Wonder what your dog is doing at home while you're at work? If you worked for one of these companies featured in this St. Louis...

Joy  |  May 9th 2006


Jack and Smash at Build-a-Bear in St. Louis
Wonder what your dog is doing at home while you’re at work? If you worked for one of these companies featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch you wouldn’t have to wonder. You’d know because they would be with you at work. This is a fairly long article but here’s the start.

Maxine Clark, chief executive of Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc., is perched on a bright red chair, at a bright blue conference table in a bright yellow meeting room, rushing to finish an interview before her next appointment arrives.

Bringing Dogs To Work Makes Employees Happier

Suddenly there’s a loud shuffling sound outside the door, an announcement of sorts that the guests have arrived. No, the news doesn’t come from a secretary, but from a big lumbering dog.

“Milford, Milford, come here buddy,” says Clark to the 98-pound St. Bernard mix. “Where are you going? He’s going to the meeting. He says he’s late.”

Milford, who belongs to another company executive, is one of about 10 dogs that come to work with their owners at Build-A-Bear’s headquarters in an Overland industrial park and is part of Clark’s efforts to make employees happier and more creative.