Orlando – Mennello Museum offers new memberships — for pets

August 27th, 2017

Polly wanna Picasso? Can Mittens see the Monet?
Orlando’s Mennello Museum of American Art is offering memberships for pets — the first museum in the state to do so. The new program kicks off with a “Yappy Hour” on Friday.
No one actually expects those with fur or feathers to appreciate the museum’s artworks, such as its famed collection of Earl Cunningham paintings. In fact, the animals won’t be visiting the museum’s indoor gallery.
“But if we can get their parents interested … ” said Shannon Fitzgerald, executive director of the Loch Haven Park institution north of downtown. “We hope maybe by hanging out and learning what we do here that they’ll come back.”

Museums are always looking for ways to develop new audiences, she said. Attracting pet lovers was an obvious choice.
“Look at our grounds,” exclaimed Fitzgerald. “We are surrounded by a dog-friendly park. I have the privilege of looking out my window, and there they are — playing fetch.”

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10 Big Employers That Let You Bring Your Dog to Work

August 24th, 2017

While Donald Trump has yet to appoint a four-legged friend to walk the halls of the White House (making him the first president since William McKinley not to have a dog), his Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, made history this March when he debuted a program allowing dogs in certain government offices. While this may have been a first for the government, many companies have known for years that letting man’s best friend come to work can boost employee satisfaction and retention rates.
A recent study from Banfield Pet Hospital put numbers behind these policies, noting that about two-thirds of the human resources decision makers polled said that potential job candidates inquire about pet policies during the application process. Pet-friendly companies are more likely to retain talent as well — 82% of employees surveyed said they feel greater loyalty to their company because of pet-friendly policies. Other studies also speak to the popularity – and health benefits – of having dogs at work, even for employees who don’t have a pet of their own. As of 2016, 8% of employers allowed dogs in the office, up from 5% in 2013.
If you can’t bear to say goodbye to Spot each morning on your way to work, check out these 10 companies across the U.S. that will not only let you keep him at your desk but may also help with doggy day care, money for pet adoptions and even pet insurance.

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BOO: Reno Nevada Health District takes aim at bars & restaurants that welcome dogs

August 24th, 2017

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The Washoe County Health District is getting strict about dogs being on the patios of restaurants and bars — many that are typically known for being dog-friendly.

According to Phil Ulibarri with the Washoe County Health District, a law that prohibits dogs in restaurants and bars, including the patio, has been on the books for years.

Ulibarri says the health district has received numerous complaints about dogs being at local businesses, which is part of the reason they are increasing enforcement.
But Ulibarri says businesses can get permission from the health department to allow dogs on their patios by applying for a $288 waiver.
“They apply for an Operational Plan to tell us where those animals are going to be and they show us their staff is equipped to handle issues that arise with pets in bars and restaurants,” said Ulibarri.
He said those issues include dogs defecating on the floor, employees handling pets, pets eating off customer plates and behaving disruptively.
Ole Bridge Pub and Sierra Tap House are two Reno bars applying for the waiver. Outside Sierra Tap House, a sign that reads “No Dogs Allowed” is getting a lot of attention from customers who have always known the bars to be dog-friendly.
“People have been walking by and seeing the signs posted and are getting kind of upset,” said Cassie Pete, who manages both bars.
She says the Washoe County Health District told her two weeks ago that they can no longer allow dogs on either of their patios.
“At Ole Bridge, we’ve been here for seven years. At [Sierra] Tap House, we’ve been there for 11 years. We’ve had dogs on the patio all that time and have never had any issues,” said Pete.
Pete says they hope to have the Operational Plan completed and approved within the next two weeks, so they can once-again welcome dogs on the patio.
“Bare with us. Please bare with us while we are trying to figure this out. It’s not a personal choice. We want you guys to be able to bring all members of your family – furry or not,” said Pete.

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