Rover can have the run of some places in McKinney, Texas, according to a recent article in the Dallas News.
“It isn’t a strictly local idea,” said writer J. Louise Larson. “According to an American Pet Products Manufacturers Association survey, a pet-friendly workplace has its advantages, improving morale and productivity, reducing absenteeism, and contributing to a more creative work environment.” (Source: Dallasnews.com).
At Reigning Cats & Dogs on West Virginia Street, Lisa Day sells paraphernalia and promotes pet rescue through local groups, writes Larson.
“One of the prime characteristics of dogs who can make the move into retail is their ability to sit and stay when necessary,” Larson wrote. “Buddy is a mixed-breed terrier who roams the aisles of home furnishings and antiques at Chase Hall.”
In unrelated animal news, on Sept. 29th, American Humane deployed its 82-foot-long Rescue Rig to a scene in Maine where about 200 dogs had been seized from an unlicensed kennel or “puppy mill.” (Source: Care2.com).
“These dogs had been living in deplorable conditions,” said Emily of Care 2 in a press release. “American Humane continues to provide care and rehabilitation to these dogs and puppies who have experienced little in their lives other than constant kenneling and breeding.”
Emily wrote that recognition is also due to the Animal Welfare Society, Kennebunk, ME; the Animal Refuge League, Westbrook Maine; and Ameican Humane’s partners in the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC).
In other animal news, dancing dogs have been a big hit at the State Fair of Texas, which started earlier this month. (Source: Dallas News).
“These dogs believe they’re the cat’s pajamas,” said writer Katie Menzer. “The human dancers, thank goodness, are in full costume.”
The three human partners are all professional dog trainers, but the dogs are their own pets, according to Menzer.
“The closeness between the partners is necessary for teaching the routines, but it sometimes comes back to bite the owner,” she writes. “When performed Melissa Dailey of Carrollton (Texas) was designing a dance routine with a workout theme for her dog Remi, she had planned to use light dumbbells as props. But the energetic border collie and Jack Russell terrier mix though the weights were toys.”
“So instead of pumping weights, she’s doing pushups,” Menzer wrote. “The trainers said they tailor the routines to fit each dog’s strengths.”
Old dogs and dancers can learn new tricks, so there’s no age limit to dog dancing, trainers said in the article.