James Watt and Martin Dickie have given their canine friend Bracken credit as a co-founder since they first began their brewing company, BrewDog, in 2007. So it comes as no surprise that they’re dog lovers.

What is surprising, though, is BrewDog’s new “puppy parental leave” policy!

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Founders Martin Dickie (left), Bracken (center), and James Watt. Source: BrewDog / Facebook

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Source: BrewDog / Vimeo

The Scottish company, which boasts nearly 1000 employees from Brazil to Japan, is taking their love of dogs one step further and offering a week of paid “pawternity” leave to new dog owners.

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They are the first company of its kind to offer such a benefit, in addition to their already “enhanced” maternity and paternity leave for the two-legged arrivals.

BrewDog wrote in a blog announcement of the new policy:

“Here at BrewDog, we care about many things but have two main focuses above all others – our beer and our people. And over the years we have noticed that our people also care about many things but have two main focuses above all others – our beer and their dogs. We totally get that. That’s why we let them bring their four-legged friends to work at BrewDog, and why we are now going one better with the latest awesome – or should that be pawesome – staff perk. We are introducing Puppy Parental Leave across our company.”

According to the video, the policy was something that staff had asked about, and BrewDog wanted to make sure employees and their pups were happy.

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While the dog-friendly company already acknowledges the benefits of allowing employees to bring their dogs to work (the headquarters in Aberdeen has nearly fifty office dogs alone), it also recognizes the importance of spending time and bonding with a new pet.

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BrewDog offices are dog-friendly, just like their bars. Source: BrewDog / Facebook

“We know only too well that having a new arrival — whether a mewling pup or unsettled rescue dog — can be stressful for human and hound both,” BrewDog wrote in the blog post. “So we are becoming the first in our industry to give our staff a working week’s leave on us to help settle a new furry family member into their home.

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Check out those BrewDog collars! Source: BrewDog / Instagram

As if the “pawternity” leave wasn’t good enough, BrewDog is recognized as a living wage employer, offers paid vacation time, and even shares ten percent of its annual profits with their staff. Our dogs are already searching job opportunities with BrewDog across the globe!

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Source: Big Fluffy Dog Rescue / Facebook

Don’t be disheartened if you can’t get a job with BrewDog, though — you can always visit one of their dog-friendly bars, like the recently opened DogTap Columbus. That’s right… every BrewDog bar is dog friendly — as if we needed another excuse to love this amazing company!

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Source: BrewDog / Instagram

For more info on BrewDog, please visit their website. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well. We’re crossing our fingers for pics and stories about all the new dogs their employees will surely be getting now!


Header image via BrewDog / Instagram

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