At Amazon's Seattle headquarters, people still talk fondly about Rufus, who used to drop in to the office from time to time to say hello.
He was entertaining and friendly, and whenever he appeared he made people feel better about themselves and their surroundings. Of course, Rufus didn't realize he was having such a positive effect because he was a dog: specifically, a Welsh corgi, owned by a husband-and-wife team who worked at the company.
But Amazon's managers did realize. Which is why, according to a blog on the Amazon website, as many as 6,000 dogs can now be found sharing a workspace with Amazon employees on any given day. Indeed, Lara Hirschfield, the company's "Woof Pack Manager," reveals that canines are ingrained in the corporate culture because they make people smile. "Our dogs add to the fun, dynamic energy of our workplace," she writes on the blog.