Google has long been identifying itself as a “dog company”. The tech giant maintains a highly accommodating policy towards the pets of employees.
Officially, Google is a ‘Dog Company’ and the doors of the company are open to all the pets. Actually Google has made a place as one of the top work places to work for the past several years. Large offices, expressive work culture and many facilities are a part of it. Apart from this, the nature of this tech giant is quite sociable, which welcomes all kinds of people and even their pets.
This may sound like a strange concept, but a glance at Google’s history will tell you that the company has allowed pets on its campus for more than two decades. Google has often encouraged its employees to hire their pets, especially at its Googleplex head office in Mountain View, California.
The technology giant also has a cafe in its head office which is named in honor of his most special dog, Yoshka. Yoshka was the first pet to visit the Google campus. Its owner Urs Holzle, now a senior VP of engineering at Google, first brought the dog to work in 1999.
Museum built in a cafe in memory of a dog
Google told in an old blog that Yoshka quickly became everyone’s friend, even those who used to come to the office for package delivery. What began as an occasional addition to Yoshka turned into an everyday job for Leonberger as its owners moved into the Mountain View office with the rest of the Google team in the summer of 1999. Yoshka died in 2011 but her legacy is still alive.
After its naming, Yoshka’s cafe was decorated as a small museum dedicated to Leonberger, showcasing his favorite toy, fluffy ball, collar and Google badge. Since then, the company has seen a growing love for pets among its employees. There have been many examples of this in the last few years.
Similarly, there is a dog park in the Mountain View Campus called The Dugalplex. This is a Doogler Group formed in 2018, essentially a Googler Employee Group and Message Board for pets. The group has been responsible for many pet related initiatives such as the Pappy pop-up, a papi therapy program for Googlers in many Google offices.
With the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic last year, the group became increasingly reliant as Google moved to the work-from-home model. Events related to pets were transferred to a virtual presence, giving Googlers a few minutes to introduce pets to the group and show off their skills.
Google love all pets
Google’s love for pets is not limited to its dooglers. The company has mentioned in its policy that she likes cats. While it is an easily understandable argument that since it is the first “dog company”, it assumes that any cat coming into its office will be very stressed. Not only this, Google does not hesitate to include other animals at its work place as well. Taking a notable step in the 2000s, the company hired goats to help cut grass and bushes at the Google Head Office.
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