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Hot dog! Chipotle employees can bring their pets to work

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Ann Dowell’s two Yorkshire terriers are not just her pets; they are co-workers—sort of.

Dowell, the executive HR director at Chipotle’s Denver headquarters, may bring her dogs to work as long as “they are well-behaved,” she says.

The company, which has allowed dogs in the office since 1996, has had “virtually no problem” with the dogs’ behavior, says Dowell, who notes she has seen as many as two dozen animals “running around the office” at once.

“Obviously,” she says, “if we have accidents, we have stuff here to clean it up.”

It’s hard to have a bad day when dogs are frolicking between cubicles, Dowell adds. The Chipotle web site even showcases employee-shot videos and photos of the dogs.

The company is so supportive of employees’ dogs that it offers pet insurance as a benefit. The five-year-old policy covers $10 a month in veterinary costs for up to three pets per employee.

Dowell estimates that about 8% of Chipotle’s 11,000 employees are signed up for the insurance.

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