It was another Friday morning at the office. Mouses clicked, keyboards clacked, workers consulted with clients.
But throughout the offices of Turbine Flats, 2124 Y St., a few not-so-typical things were going on.
Namely: barking, rear-end-sniffing and the occasional bathroom accident.
And you thought your office was casual on Fridays.
Fortunately, there’s an explanation: Friday was the 10th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, a holiday started by Pet Sitters International.
And while many businesses may be reluctant to let employees bring canine companions into the office, the entrepreneur incubator Turbine Flats was one Lincoln workplace that welcomed it.
“Every day here is kind of an exception to the rule, anyway,” said Matthew Wegener, president of ISoft Data Systems, a company in the Turbine Flats building. “We’re not a stuffy business environment. And besides, it’s Friday.”
The Turbine Flats workers broke up the day with a barbecue, which gave the dogs a chance to socialize. And, it turns out, petty conflicts of office life are not limited to the human world.
Lots of woofing, nipping and chasing took place over the lunch hour, with at one point about four or five leashed dogs and their masters all tangled in a giant knot.
All the ensuing silliness of bringing a bunch of dogs to the office aside, Take Your Dog to Work Day has an important aim, said Lee Ann Stover, co-owner of A Pause for Paws and a volunteer for the Capital Humane Society.
“The day is all about increasing the awareness of pets that are unwanted,” she said. “By exposing some cute little faces, we hope someone will fall in love and take them home.”
Stover and a few other volunteers brought two up-for-adoption dogs to Turbine Flats on Friday: a German shorthair named Buddy and a lab-border collie mix named Kona.
Kona was excited to be there — really excited: “I’m going to jump in the air and pant really hard and lick your face” excited.
If Kona were looking for a career in the marketing and Web design fields, which many of the companies in Turbine Flats fall into, she would make a good sales rep, with her endless supply of energy and good people skills.
A mini pincher named Heineken, on the other hand, was more nonchalant, seemingly disillusioned with the state of the modern workplace.
Office life takes all breeds.