What is it about dogs that everyone just loves? Man’s best friend has been warming hearts for millennia, but for decades they were they were resigned to waiting patiently at home for their family to finally return. With the rise of start-up culture, however, poochie pets are increasingly being accepted into the workplace – and it’s easy to see why.
Dogs have this ability to just make people smile; there’s something about their incessantly wagging tails and happy bounding about that is infectious, and anyone who witnesses is certain to share in their inexplicable joy. So having them around while you’re working is likely to make the workspace all the more pleasant a place to be.
This does come with some challenges, of course, such as scheduling quick breaks to take them for walks or teaching them to be calm and relaxed while you’re trying to concentrate, but owners will definitely feel more comfortable knowing their dogs aren’t home alone and short breaks playing with the pup will mean you’ll head to work feeling much happier.
Here at clovio some of us already know the benefits of having a dog laying by your feet while we work, and our flexible working hours means that these company mascots can also get the attention they deserve.
This furry labradoodle was born in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon in 2014. Much like the sunny day on which he came into the world, Toby warms the heart of anyone who sees him since he is such a kind and sweet dog that is used to being the fluffiest on the street. He has no problem asking strangers for a friendly pat on the head and will happily be everybody’s best friend, even if only for the short time that he’s out of the house. Since he loves just having company above anything else, he gets very depressed and anxious whenever he has to stay alone.
Fortunately for Toby that doesn’t happen very often as there’s always someone willing to share some love with him. At home he likes to sleep peacefully at Leo’s feet during working hours, observing the daily routines of passers-by from the balcony and, of course, eating everything that falls onto the kitchen floor. If you see him around the streets of Lisbon, say hello and he’ll remember you.
The youngest of the clovio dogs, Frankie is a Portuguese Water Dog that was born in Poland but moved to Budapest at the energetic age of eight weeks. This isn’t a well-known breed, though that changed a little when former U.S. President Barack Obama got two of them because they’re hypoallergenic.
Since she’s so young, Adam does need to take some time out from his day to housetrain her – it’s either that or spend even more time cleaning pee off the floor. Luckily, she’s pretty good at entertaining herself during work hours and will gladly dance about the kitchen alone or tire herself out fighting with her chew toys.
As the only Hungarian of clovio’s four-legged friends, she’s the only one that joins in on the various team meet-ups, whether that’s one of the many meetings in coffeeshops or as a witness to some of the fun team-building events.
A mixture of a poodle with a Lhasa Apso, Noah is a female dog with partly curly hair that has different shades of gray throughout. As a work colleague, Noah is extremely calm; she gets out of bed at the same time as Oscar and will follow him around incessantly, even when Oscar should head to the apartment’s balcony to look for writing inspiration. Sometimes she asks – by raising one of her front legs – for a stroke on her head, while other times she simply wants her plate to be filled with food.
From the day she arrived she has not changed her persistently calm nature, and she’s impossible to disturb when it comes to lunch or dinner. She was born in Venezuela and flew to Portugal to be with Oscar and his wife and son, immediately becoming an undoubtedly integral part of the family… and of course, an excellent work colleague.