New pup parents are in for sleepless nights and a big-time commitment.
Bringing home a new puppy or rescue dog isn't easy, and that's why a craft beer company in the UK called BrewDog offers employees paid "paw-ternity leave."
Between the puppy snuggles and playtime, introducing a dog to a new environment requires a lot of patience and time. The dog is scared and stressed, and it's up to his owner to help him feel comfortable. The two dog lovers behind BrewDog, James Watt and Martin Dickie, know this better than most. When they first launched their business in 2007, their four-legged partner, Bracken, was right by their side. And a few years later, pups Simcoe and Dr. Gonzo joined the team.
Dogs have always been a part of the company. After noticing staff members were using their holiday days to stay home and look after their new dogs, Watt and Dickie agreed they could do better. Watt told STV:
"It's not easy trying to juggle work and settle a new dog into your life, and many members of our crew have four-legged friends at home, so we wanted to take the stress out of the situation and let our teams take the time they need to welcome their new puppy or dog into their family."
The company now stands by a policy that gives employees a full week to spend bonding with their new pets. It may sound like a surprising concept, but it falls in line with everything else BrewDog stands for.
The company's headquarters has an open doggie door for staff members that want to bring their pups to work. On an average day, there are 50 dogs clocked in and sprawled across the office space. They donate regularly to Guide Dogs Scotland, and they also have a growing empire of dog-friendly bars.
When asked about the company's values, Watt says;
"We always want to raise the bar when it comes to offering our staff the best possible benefits; at BrewDog, we care about two things above all else. People and beer. We also just really really like dogs."
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