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Is Bringing Your Dog to the Office a Good Idea?

Is Bringing Your Dog to the Office a Good Idea?

Benefits for the pooch, benefits for the person.

Carlat Publishing in Newburyport, Massachusetts, puts out newsletters and books for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, but probably nobody in the company knows as much about psychology as office mate Mo. At no more than a pound or so, the tiny nine-year-old Chihuahua, who belongs to chief operating officer Jeffrey Ives, puts a smile on everyone’s face by coming over to their desks to be petted, cooed over, and marveled at as he makes little play bows and generally acts more adorable than shoud be legal. His “sessions” with people don’t last too long, but they do a world of good. His instincts are always on the mark.

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