Google is officially a 'dog company'

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Google has enshrined its status as a "dog company" in its code of conduct on its investor relations web site.

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Earlier today at the World Economic Forum Davos, Welltower CEO Thomas DeRosa said that he thought companies should start setting up in-house care for employees' elderly parents. He said that he was inspired by Google's practice of having in-house caretakers for pets.

We reached out to Google, and nobody there had heard of the policy.

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But somebody at the company did point us to a fascinating part of the code of conduct which we'd never seen before:

5. Dog Policy

"Google's affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we're a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out."

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Googlers often bring their dogs to work, and it's OK if they camp out under their desks during work. We've even seen Google buses with a "Dog Friendly" sign on them. But apparently it's official company policy.

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