You know how your beloved puppy stays at home all day while you’re at work, and you can’t wait to get home and see her little face? Pet lovers working in pet-free offices have a happy alternative— and it might even be a close second to having a real animal present.
INSIDER tweeted a video of the company Cuddle Clones yesterday, which crafts stuffed animal replicas of people’s pets.
Double the pets, double the glory
Hit the play button to see just how similar the animals are.
— INSIDER (@thisisinsider) May 8, 2017
Founder Jennifer Williams came up with the idea while hanging out with her Great Dane in 2005, and decided she would go for it when her dog passed away in 2009.
A soft Cuddle Clone takes approximately 7 weeks to process, compared to around 4-5 weeks for a tiny porcelain-type figurine on a little platform. Ones smaller in size (like guinea pigs and rabbits) go for $179, while bigger ones (like horses and dogs) go for $249. The company ships globally and donates some of the proceeds to various animal causes.
The company’s website also features a photo gallery of cats, dogs, horses and more, where you can read some of the real animals’ personal stories.
Benefits of having a pet at work
While some companies go so far as to provide puppy “paw-ternity leave,” it’s clear that pets don’t appear in offices as often as they could. Here are are reasons why more companies should consider being more animal-friendly.
It can be good for your health.
According to a 2009 article in Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, “pet ownership, or just being in the presence of a companion animal, is associated with health benefits, including improvements in mental, social, and physiologic health status.”
Having your pet at work with you can also be convenient.
Janet Myers, a nurse and director of risk management at Schneck Medical Center, reportedly created the “pet-therapy program” at the hospital and has a therapy dog named Bentley “with his own children’s book and schedule of special appearances.” The canine has to join Myers at her office at a minimum of three times every week.
Of course, bringing pets to work isn’t for everyone, but it could improve the quality of your workday.
Whether you just want a reminder of your best furry friend at work, recently lost your pet or commonly find yourself wishing upon a star that your critter lives forever, keeping pictures or a stuffed version of your pet may help you reduce stress in a pet-free office.