Why Does Amazon Have 6,000 Dogs at Their Seattle Headquarters Every Single Day?

Officially speaking, “Take Your Dog to Work Day” is still over two months away. The celebratory dog-focused holiday isn’t observed in most offices until June 24th, but for some companies it might as well be a dog extravaganza every single day of the week! And trust us, Amazon is one of those organizations…

Recently, the e-commerce juggernaut wrote a blog on its employee website barking the praises of its canine culture.

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Here’s the scoop from People:

According to the post, at the business’ headquarters in Seattle, people share their work space with approximately 6,000 pooches. That’s a lot of puppy employees! Plus, these pups have one trailblazer to thank for their adventures in online shopping and workplace canine culture. His name was Rufus, he was a Welsh corgi, and he was originally brought to Amazon by a husband and wife duo, then quickly won over the rest of his human coworkers.

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In fact, Rufus became such a beloved mascot, his colleagues took to using his paw to click on important projects (he clicked the mouse to launch some of the earliest Amazon.com pages) as well as using his visage on the site’s error pages, along with a few other model pups —Lucy the Labrador, Sheriff the golden-Aussie mix and Martini the Papillon, among them — who have since followed in his paw-prints. Not only that, but Amazon says there are multiple images and photos of Rufus throughout the company’s 8.1 million square foot campus. There’s also a building named after him!

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“Having dogs in our workplace is an amazing treat. They make employees smile, and we’re proud this is such a uniquely Amazonian tradition. It’s truly ingrained in our company culture,” says Lara Hirschfield, Amazon’s ‘Woof Pack’ Manager. “Our employees love bringing their dogs to work and love meeting their co-workers’ dogs… Amazon has been dog-friendly since Day 1. Our dogs add to the fun, dynamic energy of our workplace.”

Workplace culture in the country has radically shifted from the boring, cubicle-lined doldrums depicted in the 90s classic “Office Space.” Now, it’s perfectly commonplace to have a casual dress code, employee-centric accommodations, and perks like lounge areas with comfortable couches for napping. Well, we’re glad to see that Amazon is blazing a trail with regard to pooch-friendly workspace policy! Who wouldn’t want to bring their dog to work?

Does your dog go everywhere with you?


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