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Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle 7,000

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Technicians dressed in casual clothes, blue badges that shake, pass in front of construction workers during the morning rush hour at Amazon's world headquarters, which accelerates the growth of our culture on demand.

A company food stall distributes free bananas to travelers traveling between the elegant Amazon office towers that have invaded a light industrial district on the shore of Lake Union in Seattle. Gardeners in a sphere of glass and steel step back to admire a blooming corpse flower.

Throughout this, hundreds of dogs are woven, whose presence may be the best advantage in the workplace, especially in Seattle, where canines outnumber children. More than 7,000 dogs are registered to come to work at the Amazon offices here, compared to 6,000 a year ago.

That equates to a dog-to-person ratio of 1: 7 on the mothership, where some 49,000 people work. A large number of dog-friendly companies, including dog day-care centers and modern pet-friendly bars and restaurants, contribute to the activity in the neighborhood where Facebook and other technology companies also open offices.

On a recent day in Amazon's 12-story Apollo building, a Havanese named Cooper accepted a regular receptionist's snack at the lobby counter, and his owner rushed to the teleconference with London. There was barely time to sniff Sparky, a Shih Tzu-Maltese trotting to an elevator, or Murphy, a Goldendoodle running in the break to drink coffee from his person.

"Nobody knows me," says Shefali Duhan, Cooper's human partner, and program manager for the sales team, but "everyone" knows Cooper.

Duhan had taken the opportunity to get a pet to bring her to work after she moved from Amazon to Hyderabad, India, which does not allow dogs. Now she would not think about leaving Cooper at home.

"You can not focus on the work if you know there is someone at home that you have to take care of," he said.

Countless studies have extolled the benefits, for employees and businesses, of having pets in the workplace. British researchers have even associated dogs in the office with a reduced turnover of employees, which is notoriously high in technology companies competing for talent. News reports have suggested that Amazon has had problems with turnover, but a spokeswoman for the company declined to provide figures.

"The benefits of dog-friendly workplaces can be manifested as lower rates of absenteeism and higher morale and worker productivity," according to a 2017 document in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

As lines blur between work and home, and people and pets come together in new ways, businesses across the country are discovering that dog benefits are relatively cheap compared to health plans and other conventional benefits, and they are also a useful tool to recruit. New West Coast businesses lead the pack among canine-based employers, according to a recent national ranking of "the best dog-friendly companies" at Rover, a Seattle-based pet services center, not the incidental way. (Amazon received the number 1 rating of Rover and in an annual survey of "the most pet-friendly companies" published by Wellness Natural Pet Food before the Day to take your dog to work).

On any given day, more than 800 of the more than 7,000 dogs registered with Amazon come to work in the company. Popular breeds include corgis, golden retrievers and any kind of doodle, pets that respond to names like Kona, Luna, and Winston.

Amazon dogs can stop for lunch at the flank steak or New Zealand deer purchased by their owners at a newly opened branch of Just Food for Dogs, an Irvine-based chain that offers "human-quality" foods. You can eat Cannolis stuffed with Puddles Barkery cream. Some have their own Instagram accounts.

When their owners meet, dogs can go to a dog care place for shampoo, dry their hair and "nail paws". They can play on a 17th-floor terrace in the Amazon Doppler building, created just for them and with ornamental decorations. Hydrants and artificial grass.

"I'm pretty sure Amazon dogs have the best life," said Lauren Lee, senior product manager at Amazon Home, as she pushed Emmy, her black lab, into an enclosure surrounding her desk. "She is my work colleague