By Jon Delano

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – You’ve no doubt hear of “Take Your Child To Work” Day.

But, what about “Take Your Dog To Work”?

A local company lets employees bring their dogs to work not just one a day a year, but every day.

ModCloth, the online retailer of retro and vintage clothing and accessories to mostly young women, allows its employees to bring their dogs to work.

“They have to be clean, under 30 pounds, potty-trained, be able to socialize with other dogs. They can’t be barking a lot, be scared of other people, strangers,” ModCloth Spokesperson Aire Plichta said.

Plichta introduced KDKA-TV’s Jon Delano to her dog, Herman, who is one of 28 dogs that are regulars at ModCloth’s three offices.

Megan Pearlman has a 7-year-old pug named George. She is a big fan of ModCloth’s pet-friendly policy.

“I love it because I have a new baby at home. And he doesn’t get as much attention when we’re all home, so he comes here and everybody loves him,” Pearlman said.

“This is Wesley. He is 8-months-old, and he is the light of my life. He comes with me everywhere, even to work,” Nicole Conniff said.

The policy began with Winston, a dog owned by company founders, Eric and Susan Koger and there’s an outdoor rest area for the dogs, too.

Audrey Griffith also brings her dog, Buck, to work.

“He’s a great stress reliever. What does it say about our company? I think it says that employee happiness is important,” Griffith said.

Dogs are such an important part of ModCloth that the company is hosting a puppy party during Christmas week. You can find it all online.

The puppy party on ModCloth’s homepage features employee dogs dressed up for a New Year’s Eve celebration, but that’s no surprise at a company that admits it has a Facebook page for its dogs that has over 4,000 fans.


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