Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TWD) is a worldwide event started in 2005 by the American Humane Association. The purpose of TDW is to encourage Americans to get their dogs off the couch and out into the workplace. Since its inception, it has grown into an annual celebration with over 5 million participants.
The first edition of TDW was held on April 20th, 2005. It was originally called “Doggie Day” but changed its name to reflect the fact that most people’s dogs are working class pets who would never have the opportunity to go to work without the support of their owners.
In 2017, the event took place on April 21st. According to the website of the American Humane Association, there were around 5 million participants.
According to Wikipedia:
On April 21, 2005, a group of animal rights activists gathered at a park in New York City to hold a demonstration against the practice of keeping animals in confinement in factories or farms for food production purposes. They called themselves “Take Your Best Shot.”
For this event, they created a special “dog tag” with the name of the event and a website address. The following week, they handed out thousands of these dog tags to people in Central Park.
They were designed to hang from the handlebars of bicycles so that they could be easily seen by drivers of vehicles when the bicyclist was away from their bike. They were not designed to be worn by dogs.
The event was a huge success. Many of the dog tags ended up lost or as ghost bike memorials to cyclists who had been killed in traffic accidents. To this day, dozens of these tags turn up every year all over the world.
In 2006, Take Your Best Shot changed their name to The Worldwide Organization of Animal Wellness (TWOAW) and brought the Take Your Dog to Work Day event back to New York City where it all started.
TWOAW claims that the event is now officially recognized by the American Heart Association as a “Supplemental Life Choice” for achieving positive health and wellbeing goals.
The number of participants has grown from 5,000 in its first year to an estimated 5 million participants in 2017.
The event has expanded far beyond the borders of the United States and can now be celebrated in over 150 countries.
Celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day With These 12 Photos of Dogs at Work
The history of take your dog to work day is fascinating. The first event took place in 2005, organized by the American Human Association’s “Take Your Dog to Work” program. Since the first event, it has grown from a small gathering of 5 dogs and their owners to an expected 5 million dogs and their owners in 2018.
Take your dog to work day has also expanded well beyond the borders of the United States. It is now celebrated in over 150 countries and counting.
Here are 12 adorable photos of dogs at work on take your dog to work day.
This adorable lab is dressed for success on take your dog to work day 2018.
2. Boss Dog
This office pup has taken his job very seriously on Take Your Dog To Work Day.
3. Head of Security
An American pit bull terrier is all set to play with the toys at his office on take your dog to work day.
4. In Charge
This little guy is taking a break from his job as leader of the free world on Take Your Dog To Work Day.
5. Man’s Best Friend
This guide dog is proud to be working on Take Your Dog to Work Day.
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7. Office Beauty Queen
Take your dog to work day just got a whole lot prettier.
8. Office Pawsibility
This guy might be sleeping, but that won’t stop him from celebrating Take Your Dog To Work Day.
9. She’s Good With People
Everyone likes a little pampering now and then.
10. Sleepy Time
Take your dog to work day is a great opportunity to get some shut eye.
11. Snack Time
Dogs love to celebrate Take Your Dog To Work Day with yummy snacks.
These office dogs have been working together for years, and they will be celebrating Take Your Dog To Work Day together every year.
The History of Take Your Dog to Work Day
Dogs have been working for humans for centuries. Some people even believe that the reason dogs were initially domesticated is because they wanted their loyal companions to help with their chores. From herding livestock and hunting, to guarding the homestead and protecting their human families, dogs have always been willing to pitch in and work hard.
In more recent years, dogs have been used as police officers, military detection dogs, and search and rescue dogs. There are some organizations that even use therapy dogs to help comfort people during tragic events or in stressful situations. There are still other types of work that dogs do for humans that most people don’t even consider as “work”, such as the important job of being a loving and loyal pet.
Take Your Dog to Work Day was started in 2005 by the American Human Association as an opportunity for people to experience the world through their dog’s eyes. Since dogs are typically so happy and enthusiastic about everything, the hope is that taking your dog to work will help you to have a more positive attitude and outlook on life. It may even help you to be more productive!
The History of the Dog Tag
Most people are familiar with the military form of identification known as a dog tag. This small piece of metal affixed to a chain is meant to serve two purposes. The first is to identify the soldier should he be killed or wounded in battle so he can be returned home for proper burial and mourning by his family and loved ones. The second purpose is to provide the soldier with vital information such as his blood type, any existing medical conditions, name and contact information for next of kin, as well as that of his home unit. This identification method was first implemented during the Crimean War.
It’s unclear exactly when the first metal identification tags were affixed to the collars of dogs, but it’s been a common practice since the late 1800s. If a dog served in a military setting like a guard or sentry dog, then his tag would include the same information that a soldier’s tag would contain. If it was a working dog that assisted with a particular job such as hunting or retrieving game, then the tags would contain basic information about the dog and its owner.
In the modern day, many pet dogs still wear identification tags when they’re taken out in public, but these tags are often included with the purchase of a pet collar or they can be obtained inexpensively from most pet supply stores. The tag includes the pet’s name as well as contact information for the owner. The information is generally written on the tag in permanent ink, but some tags are designed in a manner that allows the owner to change out the card that contains the contact information. There are tags that contain radio waves as well, but these types may have a connection fee that must be paid to the company that issues them.
The general purpose for these identification tags is the same as the military dog tags. The owner wants the pet to always be return if it gets lost so that it can be brought back home. However, some owners have additional information placed on the tag in the event the pet is lost or stolen. In these cases, the owner has included a note asking whoever finds the pet to contact them so that they may retrieve their lost or stolen animal.
One such case of lost pet was a dog that wandered away from a soldier’s home and became lost. The dog’s identification tag provided the soldier’s name and address so that he could be returned to his owner. A few days after the tag was manufactured, a metal tag was placed around the neck of a stray dog. There was nothing particularly special about this stray dog except for the fact that it had wandered into an army outpost in Nevada.
The dog was tan in color with dark brown spots and markings. It appeared to be a typical mutt with no breed that was readily apparent other than it obviously being a dog. Despite not having fancy breeding, it had a striking appearance with large bright eyes and a strong body. The animal was bigger than most lap dogs but smaller than a large breed like a German Shepherd. It wasn’t a typical army dog, but it would soon become one.
The dog was brought to the army base at Fort Defiance for the purpose of being their new mascot. The men who discovered the animal decided that it would bring good luck to the fort so they wanted to adopt it as their pet. The men had already given it a name; Honey.
The new mascot was a female dog that quickly became a favorite among the men at the fort. During this time, the fort was in the process of being transferred from the army to the government so that it could be used as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The fort sat on land that belonged to the Navajo and Hopi tribes so that it could keep an eye on any potential disputes between the two. It was decided that the fort would be better used to keep the peace, rather than as a potential source of conflict.
The fort hadn’t really changed much since it had been taken over by the BIA. It still consisted of the stone and adobe buildings that made up its walls and core. Some of the old army barracks had been converted into living areas for tribal members, but many of them were still used as housing for soldiers and government workers on site. The old officer’s quarters had been converted into offices and living areas for higher ranking officials of the BIA. Large satellite dishes had been placed on the roofs of some the buildings while a few generators hummed away in the background, providing power to everything from the buildings to the security fence that still surrounded it.
The fort was also the home of a small group of army reserve units as well as a detachment of military police. There was also a small group of civilians who had been hired on to work for the BIA as teachers, social workers, and administrators. They lived in the nicest part of the fort which had once been reserved for the commanding officer. A small town had grown up around the fort mainly housing workers from the nearby power plant. Most of the people who lived there were tribal members who worked at the fort as guards, janitors, or administrative assistants.
Despite being a government facility, the fort prided itself on being a self-sufficient community. There was a large garden where vegetables were grown to feed everyone in the fort as well as a small orchard where fruit trees and grapevines grew. Hunting was encouraged on the vast stretches of tribal land surrounding the fort and livestock, consisting of horses, sheep, and goats roamed freely on the open range.
Fort Defiance was a quiet and peaceful place where the only real concern was boredom. The guards had learned long ago that bored soldiers and tribal members don’t get along so they made sure to keep everyone’s attention focused on anything other than boredom. Fort Defiance would become the center of a political mess that wouldn’t be resolved for decades to come.
A name that would become well known in the near future would be that of Cassandra Hayes, a young woman who was currently serving as an administrative assistant at the fort. It was no secret that Cassandra had her eyes on becoming the next Agency Superintendent for the area. She was a dedicated federal employee who always did what she was told and never failed to follow procedure. She had come up through the ranks after getting her start as a file clerk with the BIA. Although she was young in years, she had already made great strides in her career thanks to a combination of hard work and ambition.
The local Shoshone and Paiute tribes had mixed feelings about her. The tribes were wary of all government officials ever since the days of the treaty makers and the reservation system. The current superintendent, Henry D. Learned was a fair and reasonable man who had ushered in an era of cooperation with the local tribes. He treated them with respect and was mindful of the fact that the government had stolen much of their land through treaties that were often broken.
Cassandra was seen more as a career woman who was only interested in furthering her own agenda. She certainly wasn’t earning any goodwill though her actions.
Cassandra had started off by attempting to get more funding for the fort, believing that more money would allow the BIA to help the local tribes. She wrote long letters to her superiors explaining that the Shoshone and the Paiute were living in squalor while there was plenty of money to build a new office building in Washington DC. While her statements were true, it wasn’t exactly the best way to win friends and influence people.
She had also been known to make disparaging remarks about some of the more influential tribal members. The remarks were always followed up with, “…but of course this is all strictly off the record” which meant she could get away with it. It was apparent that Cassandra Hayes was a master of spin because whatever she did, whether it be insulting or suck up to a tribal leader, the response was almost always the same.
The leaders of both tribes knew that the BIA was not going to give them more money or land no matter what they did. They had placed a few of their own people within the BIA and they kept them up to date on what was going on. What Cassandra didn’t know was that both tribal councils (the Shoshones and the Paiutes) had been entertaining the idea of trading in their current allegiances and seeing what kind of deal they could get from the CSA for a long time now. Both tribes had once been part of the CSA but had seceded during the War of Southern Aggression.
Cassandra was getting close to figuring out what their intentions were when she got the news about her father’s death. She left for Helena without delay, leaving Chief Walks Along to take over her duties as acting superintendent. It wasn’t a hard decision for him to make since he was glad to have the extra authority. With Cassandra out of the picture, the time had finally come to make their move.
The two tribal councils made a joint announcement that they were re-establishing their ties with the United States government and would be re-opening treaty talks soon. They also decided to throw in a little secret demand for some of the land in Wyoming that had been ceded to them after the 1863 Bear River Massacre. It was barren land that served no real purpose except as a historical marker.
The United States gets a seat at the table and the tribes get land.
What could possibly go wrong?
In short order, things started to come unhinged. The Shoshone and the Paiute were related tribes but had long been rivals even if they did unite during the War of Southern Aggression. It was a shaky alliance at best and some of the members of both tribes (especially the youth) were getting impatient with the slow pace of the negotiations. They were looking to start a war with the USA, not talk about one.
The situation came to a head when a small band of young Paiute warriors ambushed an Idaho Regiment on patrol near the Oregon border. The regiment was led by a newly promoted Captain Vaughn. He escaped the initial attack but found himself cut off from the rest of his company. Attempting to make his way back to friendly territory, he ran into a larger force of Shoshone warriors. A combined attack by the Shoshone and the Paiute would have been too much for him to handle so he surrendered.
The tribal leaders made plans to negotiate his release but some of the youth wanted to kill him immediately. A group of young warriors led by a hothead named Chief Jake (who was actually one of the more level headed leaders) took it upon themselves to kill Captain Vaughn. Instead of shooting him, they decided to torture him to death and engage in a bit of scalping while they were at it.
A large party of US Cavalry sent out to hunt down the Captain’s killers engaged the Shoshone and the Paiute at the Battle of Four Lakes. The Cavalry was victorious but suffered heavy losses in the process. This only served to intensify the war fever and calls for blood began to fill the air.
Cassandra, upon her return from Helena, tried in vain to calm everyone, but to no avail. The fighting had become a fait accompli by this point as most of the youth in both tribes had committed themselves to war with the United States regardless of what their leaders did.
Of course the leaders themselves had to posture a little bit to their people in order for them to keep up the appearance of being in charge so a token force was put forward for battle.
In reality everyone was expecting the worst, especially when the first shots were fired at the Battle of Pine Ridge.
To the shock of everyone, the Native Americans made startling progress against the United States military. Their new tactics and weapons gave them a much needed edge and the US Army suffered one humiliation after another in 1876. The Lakota had managed to unite most of the Great Plains Indians including some of their age old enemies such as the Crow and the Cheyenne. Their success also began to draw in some of the tribes in the Northwestern area as well as some of the farming tribes such as the Winnebago and the Santee.
The US Government attempted to make peace with some of the tribes via treaty but most insisted that the only peace talks they would accept was one that involved the complete retreat of the United States military off their lands. Even the US State of Kansas became directly involved when bands of Quantrill’s guerrillas launched raids into Missouri. Guerrilla activity was so bad in Missouri that the government was forced to divert some troops from the front lines in order to bring order to the State.
The one thing that really hurt the Natives was their lack of gunpower. Although many of the warriors were armed with rifles and pistols they couldn’t produce enough gunpowder for them. By 1876 they had completely run out and were having difficulty in making more. Most of the explosives were coming from the mines in the Black Hills but the US Army had managed to surround it and was slowly advancing towards it. Not only would this choke off a major source of gunpowder for the Natives but it would also result in the death or imprisonment of all the miners and settlers trapped there.
The fighting raged on for two more years.
By 1878 the Native Americans were in a desperate situation. Their numbers had dwindled to less than a thousand fighters and only a few hundred of them had pistols or rifles. Most of the warriors had thrown away their bows in favor of firearms.
A treaty was signed in 1878 which forced all the Native Americans to give up their lands except for a small reservation in Oklahoma.
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