Bring your pet to work

Bring your pet to work

Call them the resident mascots. Shops and business owners here are making their beloved pets a part of their retail or work space.

A floral boutique, a bookstore and a web consultancy firm are among places here where you might be greeted by a cat lazing on a table top, or given a regulatory sniff by a curious dog.

Web consultancy Digital Boomerang’s founder Charlotte Ong, 38, takes her five-year-old corgi, Sir Rupert, to her office in a two-storey shophouse in Telok Blangah.

He is there from weekday mornings and goes home with her at night.

Says Ms Ong, who adopted Sir Rupert more than a year ago: “He lightens up the mood. We have good and bad days. On tough days, he is really comforting to have around.”

At first, Ms Tan Yan Ling, 24, a user experience consultant at Digital Boomerang, was apprehensive about having a dog in the office when she started working there more than a month ago.

She has since warmed up to Sir Rupert.

She says: “I never grew up around pets – except fish and tapoles. But he is cute dog, I like him.”

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