Dog-Friendliest Workplaces In Connecticut

February 8, 2013 8:00 AM

Just the word “pet” signifies a uniquely special relationship. Humans and animals share this magnificent planet. Though we are distinctly different and communicate in very different languages, we do know how to bond. That’s why children want to take their pets to school and that’s why grownups want to take their pets to work. While children sometimes get to bring a pet to school for “show and tell,” there are some very lucky adults who actually get to bring their pets to work with them every day.

Beckson Marine, Inc.
Bob Becker
165 Holland Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203) 333-1412

Bob Becker loves animals. He rescues dogs and cats, as do many of his employees. Currently, he has about five or six dogs coming to work with him every day. One is used as a guard dog and the others take on various tasks. Because he and his employees are active in the community, they also rescue kittens. “We don’t bring the cats to work, though, because they won’t come when they’re called,” he said with a laugh. Instead the Golden Retriever licks the kitties until the employees bring them home at night and find homes for them.
Rock Ridge County Club
Steve Loughran
214 Sugar St.
Newtown, CT 06470
(203) 426-9109

Steve Loughran is the golf course superintendent at Rock Ridge Country Club in Newtown, Connecticut. He’s a very lucky man because he not only gets to go to work at a beautiful golf course, but he takes his faithful dog Divot with him. All the members of the club stop to pet
Divot who is always grateful for the love.

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Bethel Handyman Hardware
Caroline Dufner
34 Stony Hill Road
Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 792-4043

Caroline Dufner is co-owner of Bethel Handyman Hardware and she is also a die-hard dog lover. “All our dogs have been rescued dogs,” she said. Just recently, Roscoe passed on. However, she has always had a four-legged friend close by at work and will do so again as soon as she can. “Roscoe was so special that we had people who came into the store just to see him,” she said.

Mill Plain Cleaners
Pierre Rochman
87 Mill Plain Road
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 792-6865

When it comes to going to work with dogs, Pierre at Mill Plain Cleaners knows just what that is all about. “Tasha came with me everywhere,” said the owner of the facility. “Clients would come in and bring her a dog biscuit because she was such a gentle dog. Tasha recently passed, but everyone knows that it won’t be long before Pierre arrives at the workplace with another pretty pooch.

Ace Hardware of Woodbury
Christopher Wolf
690 Main St. S.
Woodbury, CT 06798
(203) 263-5999

Chris Wolf owns Ace Hardware of Woodbury. He is also one of the lucky ones who gets to bring his dog to work with him every day. This dog knows his way around the shop just as well as the staff. If only he could speak to humans, he’d be a most helpful employee. Stop in to see this neighborhood favorite the next time you have a hardware need.

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Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at