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June 25th Is The 12th-Annual Take Your Dog to Work Day!

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By Leslie Kwoh for The Star-Ledger

Erica Tevis is anticipating a lot more yapping at work this Friday.

For starters, the Sayreville business owner is planning to bring her 8-year-old Shih Tzu, whose name is Girl. Another employee is bringing a Yorky, and a third is bringing a Shorky — a mix between a Shih-Tzu and Yorky.

The occasion for this fur-fest? The 12th-annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, a word-of-mouth event for canine lovers that has recruited hundreds of businesses across the nation.

The event was first launched in 1999 by Pet Sitters International, an organization with 7,600 members, to raise awareness about pet adoption. While there is no tally on how many businesses participate each year, its popularity has been growing “in leaps and bounds,” said spokeswoman Beth Stultz. Last year, the official website saw more than 99,000 unique visitors in the two months leading up to the date.

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