I tip my hat to the Indianapolis Star for its recent excellent coverage of pet-friendly workplaces in Indiana.
Take Inverse-Square, where Bob Baird takes his German Shepherd to work with him in a demanding job where he leads a team of systems integration specialists. His online profile on the company’s website clearly lists him as a ‘dog enthuasiast.’ Company employee Anne Marie DeLa Rosa reports that ‘When I’m stressed, I usually call Zoe (a chocolate Labrador retriever) over and rub her ear. That’s my therapy.’
DeLa Rosa also reports that because Zoe is in the office, she’ll take a proper lunch break which includes a short walk.
Inverse-Square is located in The Stutz office park where commercial developer Turner Woodard made it possible for employers to have pet-friendly office policies. The newspaper reports that 25 percent of the tenants take advantage of the perk. Two other properties developed by Woodard — the Canterbury Hotel and Wasatch Lake — are also pet-friendly.
Other Indiana companies that are pet-friendly include:
Jacobs Law office: Sam Jacobs allows his office manager Karie Jacobs, 28, to bring her Cockapoo to the office. Sam has declared that ‘Larry is a wonderful diversion…I can talk to him and he doesn’t talk back.’
Gradison Design Build: This company includes two Great Danes, one Labrador retriever and a Yorkshire terrier.
Pack leader David Gradison, 75, says ‘They are like family and we’re a family environment.’
Indiana Lighting: Bella Mia, a Peekapoo, comes to work in Tracy Leeper King’s handbag. ‘She comes to work because she brings joy, positive energy and gives the employees a break from their desks.’
Rusted Moon Outfitters: The company spokeperson is an English Setter named Rosemary. On the company’s website they happily announce ‘We’re ready to answer your questions and help you find the gear you need. Visit us in Broad Ripple, just off the Monon Trail. Oh yeah, bring your dog too.’ A photo of Rosemary declares ‘Rosemary says Dogs Welcome’ Yes – this store is also a dog-friendly shopping destination.