It’s officially “Bring Your Dog to Work Day” today. That may be a novel thing for some workplaces, but at Amazon it’s business as usual for the 6,000 dogs — and 45,000 or so humans — that strut onto the tech giant’s Seattle campus every day.
Dogs have been a familiar sight at Amazon since 1998, when an early Amazonian couple’s Welsh corgi, Rufus, started coming to work and became a symbol of the company’s peculiar culture.
Today, there’s everything from an off-leash park next to the Spheres to a dog-deck in the sky. There are treats at every reception desk, and there’s a @dogsofamazon Instagram account.
Amazon even throws up a picture of a pooch on its error page if a user has trouble connecting to the website.
Apparently the most popular dog breeds on campus are currently golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers and Labradoodles, with corgis gaining ground.
Angie Quennell and Andy Drablier are an Amazon couple with two dogs who offer a snapshot of the culture that many have come to enjoy at the company. They bring their dogs Bronx and Dory to work one day a week.
“We love that we can each take one of them to work because they’re bonded to each other and we wouldn’t be able to leave one alone at home,” said Quennell, who works in corporate communications. “We take public transit to work, and they’ve both gotten really good at taking the bus. Dory even knows which stop is hers!”
The dogs love visiting the desks of various employees, stopping by reception for treats and using the dog park.
“Dory is a super smart dog,” Quennell said. “If Andy tells her he’s taking her to work the next day, she nudges him awake in the morning because she’s so excited.”