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Dec. 4, 2015 3:58 pm

Cute alert: Puppies are coming to an office near you

The Fun Dept. and Faithful Friends Animal Society are teaming up to deliver puppies to Delaware workplaces.

Nat Measely, CEO of The Dept. of Fun, and Jess Ruggieri, the company's client relations and operations manager, had fun at work with Bella the puppy.

(Photo by Lindsay Podraza)

Move over, #UberPUPPIES.

The Fun Dept. and Faithful Friends Animal Society have decided to partner up and deliver puppies (and dogs and kittens) to the workplace for hourly segments.

They tested out the idea Friday morning with Bella, a year-old Chihuahua mix who donned a tie-dye “Adopt Me” kerchief, at The Fun Dept.’s workspace at 1313 Innovation.

Ryan Harrington, education and nonprofit coordinator for 1313 Innovation, holds Bella the puppy at the office.

Ryan Harrington, education and nonprofit coordinator for 1313 Innovation, holds Bella the puppy at the office. (Photo by Lindsay Podraza)

Bella was a hit.

For half an hour, the folks at 1313 forgot the stresses of work and tossed a tennis ball with the puppy and scratched her ears.

Megan Anthony, community manager of 1313 Innovation (and Technical.ly Delaware contributor), didn’t even have words to describe how much Bella brightened the office. “Excited head-nod and clap!” she joked.

Because of Bella’s success, Nat Measley, the CEO and Master of Fun of The Fun Dept., said he plans to put Puppy Pop-Ins on his menu of selections that offices can order to ease stress, improve employee engagement and strengthen team-building.

The 1313 Innovation crew with Faithful Friends folks and, of course, Bella.

The 1313 Innovation crew with Faithful Friends folks and, of course, Bella. (Photo by Lindsay Podraza)

Faithful Friends Animal, located in Wilmington, will supply the furry friends — who will either be up for adoption or trained therapy animals — while the Fun Dept. will be on hand to manage appearances. Measley said the plan is to bill hourly for puppy time and give a portion of the profits to Faithful Friends.

Brittany Anthony, the development and public relations manager at Faithful Friends, said she’s excited about he partnership.

“She’s having a blast,” she said as she watched Bella frolic with the innovators of 1313. “I think this is going to be a huge hit.”

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Lindsay Podraza

Lindsay Podraza is formerly the lead reporter for Technical.ly Delaware in after writing as a contributor. She is an ex-newspaper reporter turned freelance writer who moved to Wilmington in June 2014. The Charlotte native studied journalism at the University of North Carolina, loves proper grammar and has a weakness for sweet tea.

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