Given the sociopolitical reality in which we currently reside here in the United States, you'd be hard-pressed to find any reason to make the case that this country is becoming more civilized.
But I think I found one.
A Minneapolis company is giving workers a new perk — the option to work from home for a week after they bring a new pet into their home. Sometimes it's called "furternity leave." A coworker of mine calls it "pupternity leave." It's been called "pawternity leave." Whatever the name, it's about damn time it came to this country.
I wrote a couple years back about this concept when it began to start appearing in the UK. And back then, I definitely said that the idea needed to make its way here. I'm glad people are finally listening to me.
If you've ever brought a new pet into your home, you know how crucial that first week is. You don't know how they're going to adjust to their new surroundings. You don't know if they're going to remain healthy or eat.
And your pet is going to be similarly freaked out. They're in a new place, surrounded by new people (and possibly new animals). Maybe they need to get used to being in a crate and learn to go to the bathroom outside. Maybe you want to start some training. All of that is going to be way easier if you're around to help them.
Beyond that (and perhaps even more importantly), that extra time with your new pet is going to help you bond with them and truly help them become part of your family. It's a bond that will last their entire life and takes time to develop. But if you can be there for your pet to help them through the transition into your family, it will be off to a great start.
Whatever you call it — pawternity, furternity, pupternity — it's time that employers here in the U.S. recognized the importance of giving employees the ability to spend time with their new pets. It's time to make this a reality.
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