How much does Amazon love dogs? Just ask one of the 6,000 pups that “work” here.
“Having dogs in our workplace is an amazing treat. They make employees smile, and we’re proud this is such a uniquely Amazonian tradition. It’s truly ingrained in our company culture,” explains Lara Hirschfield, our “Woof Pack” Manager. “Our employees love bringing their dogs to work and love meeting their co-workers’ dogs.”
It all started with Rufus
“Amazon has been dog-friendly since Day 1,” notes Hirschfield. “Our dogs add to the fun, dynamic energy of our workplace.” In the early days of Amazon.com, a husband and wife team brought their Welsh corgi, Rufus, to work with them, and he became a surprisingly productive part of the team. Employees would use Rufus’ paw to click the computer mouse to launch some of the earliest pages of Amazon.com.
Having dogs in our workplace is an amazing treat—they make employees smile, and we’re proud this is such a uniquely Amazonian tradition—it’s truly ingrained in our company culture.
Lara Hirschfield, Amazon’s “Woof Pack” Manager
Rufus’ memory is still honored at Amazon: There are photos of him around campus, and there’s even a building in South Lake Union that was named after the beloved corgi.
On a typical day, thousands of dogs follow in Rufus’ paw steps. Some of the popular pooches at the company include Lucy the Labrador, Sherriff a Golden-Aussie mix, and a Papillion named Martini. If you land on one of our error 404 pages, you’ll be introduced to some of the dogs that come to work with their owners regularly.