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      Key advantages of 'Take Your Dog to Work Day'

      Find your new best friend at the Northeast Missouri Humane Society

      Dog owners celebrated ??Take Your Dog to Work Day?? Friday.

      Some doggie owners were allowed to bring their furry friends to their job.

      Spending quality time with your dog can relieve stress and anxiety.

      That's the message Kurt Groenda preaches to anyone he meets.

      "Animals have a great sense for feeling when you're stressed out or whatever,?? Groenda said, ??And they come up and try and get you to pet them, do something that kind of makes you grin."

      Groenda serves as the Shelter Administrator at the Northeast Missouri Humane Society.

      He owns several dogs and sometimes brings them to work.

      "They get some benefit out of it, not only the owner does, you know. Because people come in see them and want to play with them and things like that,?? Groenda said. ??Interact with them, which is really good for the dogs, especially if you have one that's at home a lot."

      But some companies don't allow employees to participate in this fur-filled day.

      John Rethorn is a dog owner who volunteers at the Northeast Missouri Humane Society.

      "I'd love to be able to take my dog to work, but unfortunately I work in a food manufacturing facility," Rethorn said.

      He didn't get to bring his dog to work, so he decided to visit a few canines at their place of business.

      I decided on my off-time that I would come out, do a little volunteer work, walk some other dogs," Rethorn said.

      Groenda believes spending time with your dogs is the key to unlocking a healthier and longer life.

      "A lot of times, even my dogs at home,?? Groenda said. ??A lot of times, they know when it's been a bad day, and I come up and they all gang up on me when I walk through the front door."

      Now that the weather is warmer, take your dog on a walk. It's great exercise for you and your pet.

      If you're interested in adopting an animal from the Northeast Missouri Humane Society, you can call (573) 221-9222.