Barkarama’s Radar – All Things Bring Your Dog To Work Day

In one week’s time you have a bona fide reason to unleash your favourite beast on your colleagues – Bring Your Dog To Work Day, which takes place on Friday 23 June, in aid of All Dogs Matter and Animals Asia. So if it’s not already on your work agenda or your boss hasn't got the memo, get a wriggle on.

Now in its fourth year, event founder HOWND once again helps plant our favourite pets in the workplace and show businesses that canines really do make the best kind of colleagues. Lucky for Basil and I, every day is Bring Your Dog To Work Day - well let me rephrase that – I work, Basil sleeps. I have sponsored as my business (which you can also do for a minimum of £50) but I have also signed up as an individual, which is a minimum online donation of £2. Do the latter and a picture of your dog gets published in the ‘Dog With A Job Hall Of Fame’. Stretch to a fiver or more, and you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win £100s of goodies from the various business sponsors. Ask your boss for permission and sign up at Bringyourdogtoworkday.co.uk

Once you are signed up and raring to go, here are a few recommendations from us to help your dog sail through their day’s trial:

GET FRESH & FINE: a stinky, dirty pile o’ dog isn't gonna win over anyone so spruce up your dog with a brush/bath/wipe/spritz with anything from Hownd’s ethical dog grooming range. Their Yup You Stink! Emergency Wipes are also… good in an emergency so pop a pack in your work bag. I’d also recommend giving your dog’s teeth a brush and plan for in-coming smooches from your colleagues with Pooch & Mutt’s Fresh Breath Treats.

DRESS TO IMPRESS: ensure your dog makes a good impression with a sharp look. For creative workplaces, dazzle with their Missoni-esque Renboga Dog Bow Tie from The Distinguished Dog Company. Or if your canine needs to be a little more corporate, the Hotsy Totsy style takes style a little more seriously. Both are prices £14.50 from Theddcompany.com

DOG SPEAK: I know I can’t stop banging the drum for Growlees but whatever the occasion their always seems to be a Growlee. Winning styles for your dog’s Canine Vitae – Dog Boss, Pet A Porter, Free Hugs and Rub My Belly For Good Luck, or customise your own ‘cause that’s now an option with our favourite outspoken dog brand. Shop at Growlees.

OFFICE ESSENTIALS: your dog will need the tools of their trade so be sure to take a toy, a water bowl - we recommend the Collapsible Dog Water Bowl from Leadthewalk.com, and somewhere to relax after a hard morning of ‘barkstorming’ in the boardroom. Cloud 7’s Tweed Travel Bed is a winner and it doubles as a bag to carry your dog’s bits and pieces. Shop at Amara.com

CANINE COMMUTING: when it comes to public transport, our advice for bus-ing and tubing it would be to avoid rush hour so either travel before or see if your boss will let you switch your hours slightly. Fancy getting a car – Addison Lee will take you and your dog. For longer haul commutes between the big cities, Virgin Trains are first class – see Basil and his pal @WinnyTheCorgi travelling with them in our dogs on trains blog post

UNWIND: after a hard day’s graft, give your little recruit a treat to unwind or party depending on how they like to let off steam. Pawsecco and Bottom Sniffer Beer (non alcoholic of course) have Basil’s paw of approval. Shop the doggy off-license at Woofandbrew.com

If for some reason you can't pull off getting your dog into work or maybe you don't have a dog, wear one with pride and for a good cause with Tatty Devine’s latest collaboration with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. The collection is in aid of the #LoveALurcher Campaign features an adorable Lurcher holding a love heart, and is available as a necklace or broach as shown. Prices start at £40 and Tatty Devine will be donating £3 from each sale to Battersea Dogs & Cats home. Shop at Tattydevine.com

Sign up at Bringyourdogtoworkday.co.uk #BringYourDogToWorkDay – we hope your dog gets hired not fired.

Credits for the pawesome pictures @PoochOfNYC on Insta and Racheloatespetphotography.com

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