INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A marketing agency on Indy’s northeast side is one of the latest companies to embrace furry friends in the workplace. On any given day, there’s at least one dog at Valve+Meter Performance Marketing’s home office.

Dogs can be seen curled up next to employees’ desks or in attendance at department meetings. “The dogs have added a great part to our culture,” said Marcia Barnes, the CEO ad founder of Valve+Meter.

“We are very hard-driving business people and sometimes you get so caught up in the mechanics of business, that sometimes you forget to soften or relax. So, the dogs are a reminder that it’s okay to breathe a little bit, love a little bit and serve a little bit.” Employees, clients and visitors often arrive to wagging tails and wet noses pressed against the glass.

Barnes said the atmosphere has been a part of the overall culture and brand of the company since its inception. “When you have Sunshine upside-down in front of you wanting a tummy rub, it’s hard to pass that up,” Barnes said.

“It’s a bright spot in your day.” The company’s team includes 22 canines and continues to grow. The dogs include full-size Labs to pocket-size Yorkies, many of which are rescue dogs. Read more from…

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