Brewery offers paid 'paw-ternity' leave for employees with new puppies

9NEWS at 6 a.m. 2/15/17.

KUSA - In Hampton Roads, dogs and breweries pretty much go hand in paw. Well folks, Scotland is one-upping us.

A brewery there – the aptly named BrewDog – is giving new puppy parents a paid week of “paw-rental leave.” And if you’ve ever gotten a rambunctious puppy for yourself, you might see why this isn’t totally out there.

“Yes, having dogs in our offices makes everyone else more chilled and relaxed – but we know only too well that having a new arrival – whether a mewling pup or unsettled rescue dog – can be stressful for human and hound both,” BrewDog wrote on its website.

And if you want to work for this kind of company – and are cool with moving to Ohio – this perk extends to the BrewDog office in the U.S.

Its soon-to-be brewery will open in the spring in Columbus, Ohio.

DogBrew said the week of leave will ensure dog owners can accompany puppies as they get adapted to their new surroundings.

"It's not easy trying to juggle work and settle a new dog into your life, and many members of our crew have four-legged friends at home," said company co-founder James Watt. "We wanted to take the stress out of the situation and let our teams take the time they need to welcome their new puppy or dog into their family."

The truly fringe benefit fits with the company's edgy persona, its dedication to canines and aim to become "the best company to work for. Ever."

The company's website said it started in 2007 as "two guys and their dog." Since then, those guys, co-founders Watt and Martin Dickie, have created a dog-friendly atmosphere at the Scotland brewery. Staff members are welcome to bring their dogs to work.

The company said it also has "enhanced paternity and maternity pay."

"We always want to raise the bar when it comes to offering our staff the best possible benefits," Watt said. "We care about two things above all else. People and beer. We also just really like dogs."

You can read more about the Paw-Ternity leave program here: http://bit.ly/2kpyter

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