Brewery Gives Workers Paid Time Off to Bond with Pups

Scotland-based craft brewery BrewDog gives employees with new dogs a week of paid “paw-ternity leave.” (Photo from Brew Dog)

BrewDog, a pooch-friendly craft brewery based in Scotland and Ohio, has taken the concept of maternity leave to a new level, by giving employees who adopt a puppy or rescue dog a week of paid “paw-ternity leave,” so that they can bond with their new pets.

“It’s not easy trying to juggle work and settle a new dog into your life, and many members of our crew have four-legged friends at home,” James Watt, BrewDog co-founder, told WalesOnline. “So we wanted to take the stress out of the situation and let our teams take the time they need to welcome their new puppy or dog into their family.”

Pups are also allowed to accompany their human parents to work at the brewery, which was founded in 2007 and now employs 1,000 people around the world. Watt and co-founder Martin Dickie often bring their pooches Simcoe and Dr. Gonzo to the office.

The program is believed to be the first of its kind. I think it’s a doggone great idea!

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