By Ali Earle
Human Resources Fool
When you have a pet, it’s more than just an animal – it’s a member of your family! (And probably the only member of your family to love you unconditionally.) Many Fools have beloved dogs, but they can’t walk themselves during the workday. Since we strategically introduce benefits to help make Fools’ lives easier, discounted doggie daycare was an obvious candidate for a new benefit.
A group of Fools from headquarters recently went on a tour at Reserved Barking, where Fools receive a discount on grooming, daycare, and boarding for their pups. Reserved Barking Doggie Daycare in Alexandria, VA, has been in service since 2010 and this past September expanded into a new facility. The Fools had a chance to meet the two business partners, Bilal and Hassan, and take a behind-the-scenes tour. Their facility features playrooms for large dogs and small dogs, two outdoor play sections, and a grooming room. Each playroom is equipped with an ‘introductory area’ where the dog has a chance to get used to its surroundings before entering the playroom, a large play area, and a naptime area. The facility uses 100% dog-friendly cleaning supplies and has security camera set up for surveillance at all hours. Reserved Barking has the capacity for 120 dogs but they like to cap it to around 60 so that each dog has more than enough room and attention from the staff. We have quite a few Fools that love this benefit and take advantage of it on a regular basis. This tour was a great way for us to get to know the company and a chance to see what doggie daycare is all about.
Making sure you don’t have to worry about your pet while you’re at work is just one of the many perks The Fool offers to its employees to keep them relaxed and focused.