If your company is looking for a creative way to have a social event (other than the standard happy hour), and many of your coworkers happen to own dogs, why not do something that kills two birds with one stone?

Company social + Walking your dog = Dog Social

Having a dog in Denver is pretty awesome.  You can bring your dog almost anywhere, including Home Depot, the mall, and restaurants (on the patio, of course), where they’ll bring out water for you and your furry dining companion.  Here at the office, our dogs even keep us company and keep us entertained on the quieter weekend shifts.  (See left:  Harper posing as a Care rep)

Since we seem to adore our dogs so much, and since so many of us have dogs, our Empowerment Director had the bright idea to have a dog social at one of our local dog parks.  So, we took the opportunity to enjoy one of our first non-frigid Saturdays in weeks to bring all of our dogs out to meet each other.  They ran around in the snow and wrestled while we chatted and drank coffee.

You’d be surprised how entertaining and insightful it is to meet your peers’ dogs.  Similar to meeting someone’s parents, it seems to reveal a lot about a person.  Although, since my dog almost soiled a coworker’s leg, I’m hoping no one is jumping to conclusions.  Sorry, Mel.

Of course, you don’t have to pick a Saturday morning (for those of you groaning at the thought).  Once the daylight starts lasting a little longer, pick a nice day, leave a little early and have a four-legged get-together after work.   You could even make it a weekly event.  And, unlike after work co-ed sports leagues, you don’t take the risk of whiffing at the ball in front of your whole company.  Not that that’s ever happened to me.

Sarah Jordan

Sarah Jordan

Sarah Jordan is the VP of Marketing for PaySimple, the leading provider of service commerce solutions for SMBs. At PaySimple, Sarah leads the company’s brand, acquisition, lifecycle, and product marketing strategies, and has been an integral player in growing the company from a fledgling startup to a leading SaaS platform, serving over 15,000 businesses across the country. She loves live music, being outside, great food, and hanging out with her husband, little boy, and dog.

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