Google’s gone to the dogs (and not in a good way)

One of my new favourite blogs, Catsparella, posted today about Google’s anti-cat policy. She quotes a bit from Google’s Corporate Code of Conduct, to whit:

Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we’re a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out. For more on this, see our Dog Policy.

“We like cats, but we’re a dog company.”

Wow, Google, really? REALLY? I’m not going to go all crazy cat woman and point out how that passage would have read in past eras of American history, with different nouns in place of “Cat” and “Dog” in that sentence, and how discriminatory that is, but…seriously? Is that something you really want to have said?

Cats are a more popular pet in this country than dogs, Google. You are a public company. You may want to rethink your “Dog Policy.” Not to mention, it’s a well-known fact that the internet loves cats (just Google it!)…are you sure you want to step on its tail?


(And I’m not even going to say how much Jacoby would enjoy visiting Google’s offices and how much he would not be stressed out by Google, its offices or its dogs, either.)

8 thoughts on “Google’s gone to the dogs (and not in a good way)

  1. …knowing how their offices are set up, a cat could (and would) get lost quite quickly. i can’t imagine WANTING to bring a cat to the office, particularly in that setting.

    seriously, i think this is a battle not worth fighting.


    1. Well…it’s not like I’m going to start working for them anytime soon (I’ve been to Mountain View, thanks but no thanks). But the attitude is really offputting to me. Obviously, most people wouldn’t want to bring their cat – or their dog – to work with them, but I have to say that favouring one over the other like that really makes me a little angry.

      Granted, I’m not going to do much about it apart from this blog post. It does rather change my perception of Google, though.


      1. eh. i guess i see this as a minor slight. i met a few of the folks there (as well as folks from the area) and it seems that office dogs are popular. office cats, not so much. so i guess i’d blame them being Californian, rather than anti-cat. 🙂


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