Take your dog to work day is every day at Amazon's headquarters

Dogs are more than welcome at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle.
Amazon's canine culture at the office
Inside Amazon's unique workspaces
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SEATTLE (WTHR) — At the beginning of each day, they arrive. “Amazonians” and their four-legged friends.

They’re greeted with dog bones; they hang out in their owners' workspace and play with friends on the 17th floor “dog park."

It's estimated 7,000 dogs come to workk at Amazon in Seattle.

Amazon's rooftop dog park is a place where employees' pets can go when they want to escape the indoors.
Amazon's rooftop dog park is a place where employees' pets can go when they want to escape the indoors.

“I have a 7-month-old golden retriever his name is Charlie. He’s actually sleeping under my desk right now," Amazon Executive Recruiter Brita Altig said.

The tradition started with a Corgi named Rufus — the first pet at Amazon.

Amazon's first pet, Rufus.
Amazon's first pet, Rufus.

“I never worked at a company where you’ve been allowed to bring your dog to work. But it’s great," Altig said.

While it may look unusual to outsiders, this is the “norm” at Amazon.

“I got a dog because I could bring her to work, Amazon Marketing Manager Tasha Kuepitz said. "She loves it here. She runs in here every day. And gets a treat from the front desk. All her friends are here."



Employees get to work at one of the world's largest companies while keeping their best friend with them.

"What does it do to your happy factor?" Kuepitz repeated. "The idea that you’ve got your dog with you during he course of the day? It’s a huge piece of the happy factor. Being able to just come back from a meeting that’s a tough meeting - coming back and giving her a big hug, it’s the best part of the work," she said.

It's the canine culture of Amazon.

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