Voke Lennox
June 17, 2019

Bringing Dogs to Work is a benefit for all

At Sun Light & Power, the employee owners enjoy a number of fun benefits. We have a monthly evening event, Thirsty Thursday, where people enjoy food and beverages and get to know each other better. With our relaxed business-casual dress code, employees are comfortable in the workplace. One of the most popular benefits people enjoy at Sun Light & Power is that well-behaved dogs can accompany employees who work in the office in Berkeley. This is not just good for the dog owners; others in the office who don't have pets also enjoy seeing four-legged friends who greet them every morning and come by in the afternoon for a snack. (Don't tell Jesse.)

There are many benefits to allowing pets to join people in the workplace. Here are a few of them.
• Employees save money on pet sitters, dog walkers, and replacing foam couch cushions and other furniture and carpeting that may be destroyed while the owners are gone.
• Pets relieve stress. A study found that over the course of the day, stress declined for people with their dog present.
• The pet is healthier and happier with their human close by, and they don't need to be confined all day at home or in a kennel.
• Most customers and visitors have a positive response when they see pets in the workplace and have a chance to interact with them.
• Pets encourage positive social interaction. They give people something in common to talk about.
• People don't have to worry about going home to let their dog out, so they tend to be more productive.
• Pets make you smile. How can you not smile when you see the mugs of these guys in the office? (I am referring to the animals, not the people.)

In celebration of National Take Your Dog to Work Day, June 21, here's a recipe for the best darn doggy cookies our dogs have ever tasted.

Sun Light & Power's Homemade dog crackers


1 C oats (quick or regular)
1 C flax meal and 1 C spelt flour (Or two cups total of whatever you have: wheat flour, corn meal or a combination. This is a good way to get rid of those little bags of flour in your cabinet.)
½ C peanut butter
½ C almond milk or any other kind of nut milk except macadamia. Water works, too.
2 eggs, or egg substitute equivalent

Combine all ingredients. Add a little more milk or water if it doesn't come together. Roll into a ball. With a rolling pin, roll out on parchment paper in a large rectangle to fit a cookie sheet, about ¼" thick. Cut lines into the dough to make squares or diamonds.

Bake at 350 degrees for a half hour, turn once, then bake for ten more minutes. The edges should be crispy an dry. Let cool, then break apart and store in an airtight container.

Optional: You can use all kinds of leftovers in this dough. Sunflower seeds, ½ C canned pumpkin or chopped or pureed vegetables, etc. Avoid raisins, chocolate, avocado & macadamia nuts.

Link to article about pets relieving stress. https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/17538351211215366




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