Mutt-ernity and Paw-ternity "Puppy Parental Leave" Just Became a Thing in the UK

Mutt-ernity and Paw-ternity "Puppy Parental Leave" Just Became a Thing in the UK

Because li'l doggos need undivided attention too!

By Kristyn Pomranz

We can all agree that puppies are practice babies: they are noisy, they don’t respond to reason, and they are 100% dependent on their parents at all times. And although they may be canine, they remain a major life commitment—and they deserve dedicated time to settle in during those crucial first days post-adoption.

That’s why a UK-based beer company has decided to give all 1,000 of their employees worldwide Puppy Parental Leave, a.k.a. Mutt-ernity and Paw-ternity leave.

The brewery—aptly named BrewDog—has maintained dog-friendly policies since day one (appropriate, since it’s named in honor of the founder’s dog Bracken). They allow four-legged friends to come to work because they believe dogs make the office environment friendlier and more relaxed (their headquarters in Aberdeenshire boasts 50 office dogs), and they also encourage customers to bring their dogs to the BrewDog bars so no patron has to leave a pooch unattended.

But the new Puppy Parental Leave is the first of its kind: It guarantees all employees one working week’s paid leave to help acclimate their new furry family member. According to their press release, “Puppy Parental Leave will support nervy canines and their owners alike in those all-important first few days of the greatest relationship a person can have (children excepted – more on them later).”

You can learn more about the pawsome policy in the video below:

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