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Mars Petcare Unveils ‘Pet Friendly Workplace of the Future’

The new office fosters a collaborative working environment for associates and their four-legged friends.

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Mars Petcare opened its new North American headquarters in Franklin, TN, created as the “Pet Friendly Workplace of the Future.”

The new office fosters a collaborative working environment for associates and their four-legged friends, including:

  • Wi-fi enabled dog park with seating areas and room to run so people and pets can work and play together.
  • Two indoor dog play areas, staffed by a “pack leader” and full-time “pet sitters” so associates who may have a busy day can still bring their pets.
  • Coffee bars on every floor that also have automated “slurp stations” for pets so that everyone can enjoy break time together.
  • Custom pet bed and toy storage space throughout the office.
  • Wider furniture with pet-friendly fabric, including sofas and ottomans, so associates can lounge with their furry friends.
  • More than 60 acres of outdoor green space and walking paths — all designed with pet-friendly landscaping.

The new corporate headquarters is designed to “serve as a beacon for other business leaders across the country to introduce pet-friendly polices at their own workplaces.”

“We’ve welcomed pets into our offices for years. We know that they reduce stress and increase our collaboration and productivity at work,” said Mark Johnson, president of Mars Petcare North America. “And, pets are great for talent recruitment. We know that a majority of candidates would always choose a pet-friendly employer over one who is not. The bottom line is that being a pet-friendly work place is great for our associates, it’s great for our pets, and it’s great for our business.”

Mars Petcare notes  that consumer surveys have shown that pets in the workplace boost morale by contributing to lower stress levels and increased collaboration among employees. They can even make a job more satisfying.

When Mars Petcare surveyed business leaders and their employees across the U.S. about pets at work, 87 percent said being dog-friendly helps them attract and retain more talent. In addition, nearly 60 percent of employees said they’d choose a dog-friendly employer over one who’s not.

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“When you welcome pets to the workplace, everyone wins — they make going to work more enjoyable, and it means our pets spend less time alone at home,” said Dave Bradey, vice president of people and organization at Mars Petcare. “Since pets naturally help us socialize, there is no better way to meet new colleagues, which in turn leads to improved communication. It’s no wonder pet-friendly workplaces are an important perk for job seekers”

The “Pet-Friendly Workplace of the Future” is the latest initiative from Mars Petcare to promote the benefits of pet companionship and encourage pet-friendly policies — whether in the workplace or the community. Mars Petcare created the Better Cities for Pets to inspire business leaders and municipalities to enact pet-friendly polices by providing easily accessible resources featuring best practices as well as industry research on the benefits pets have on humans. The Better Cities for Pets certification program honors municipalities already advocating for fewer pets in shelters, more pet-friendly places and increased housing options for people with pets.

In addition to the new headquarters, Mars Petcare’s hometown of Franklin is home to almost 100 pet-friendly shops and restaurants in the downtown area alone.

For more information about Better Cities for Pets and how to assess your city to be certified, visit bettercitiesforpets.com.

Photo Credit: Hall + Merrick Photographers

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Video: Adorable Cat Melts Hearts By Trying on Eyewear for Children

Kids see that ‘if she can wear hers, they can wear them too.’

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A rescue cat in Pennsylvania is getting attention for her role in making children feel comfortable with their eyeglasses.

Truffles happily wears brightly colored frames to set a good example for the young patients of A Child’s Eyes in Mechanicsburg, the Daily Mail reports.

“If a child is feeling a bit nervous I ask Truffles if she wants to show them her glasses,” says Danielle Crull, owner of the business. “When they see Truffles wearing them it’s a really good thing and shows that if she can wear hers, they can wear them too.”

Crull says Truffles, who is a family pet, enjoys wearing the frames.

A video of the cat trying on eyewear has been viewed millions of times.

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Dog Clothing Firm Gets $250K ‘Shark Tank’ Investment

Mark Cuban is taking a 25% stake in the firm.

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Dog Threads, a company that makes matching clothing for dogs and their owners, was awarded a $250,000 investment during an episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

Scott and Gina Davis, founders of the Wayzata, MN-based firm, made a deal with Markk Cuban after their successful pitch, the Star-Tribune reports.

He agreed to invest the quarter-million and take a 25 percent stake in the company.

The episode was filmed in June but did not air until Sunday.

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“It was definitely surreal even seeing it now,” Gina Davis said. The couple kept quiet about the results for all these months.

The company sells items such as sweaters, T-shirts and plaid shirts. The founders expect sales to total $240,000 this year, the Star-Tribune reports.

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Guy Smuggles Overweight Cat Onto Plane, Gets Stripped of Air Miles

His pet exceeded the weight limit.

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Russian airline Aeroflot has taken away a traveler’s loyalty miles after smuggling his cat onto the plane.

Mikhail Galin was headed to Vladivostok from Moscow and decided to bring his overweight cat, Viktor, along in the cabin, CNN reports.

The problem: The airline’s weight limit for pets in the cabin is 8 kilograms, or about 17.6 pounds. Viktor tipped the scales at 10 kilograms.

Galin didn’t want his cat to ride in the belly of the plane. He didn’t take the flight.

He wrote a Facebook post about the situation and asked for help finding a similar cat of lower weight. Someone came forward with an appropriate feline, and Galin returned for another try.

When it was time for the cat to be weighed, he presented the thinner substitute, according to CNN. Before boarding, he pulled the old switcheroo.

Galin and Viktor made it to Vladivostok without issue. But Galin’s viral Facebook post caught the attention of the airline, which then stripped him of his air miles.

He took the loss in stride, saying, “I got a penalty. It’s normal.”

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