Google: Dog Company

Every minute, two million searches are performed on Google. That’s 120 million searches every hour. Not bad for a company that many people thought was an April Fool’s Day prank when it launched on April 1 back in 2004. For all its criticisms (misuse and manipulation of search results, use of others’ intellectual property, concern over its data compilation), they consider themselves to be a dog company, and put it in writing in their Code of Conduct: “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.”

Even before the policies were put into writing, Google employees brought their dogs in to work. One of them was Urs Hoelze, SVP of Technical Infrastructure, whose Leonberger, “Yoshka,” was named Google’s “Top Dog” during the company’s first year in operation (seen in the image). Perhaps that’s why the company keeps statistics on the most searched breed each year. In 2017, it was (in order from the most searched breed on down) the Golden Retriever, Poodle, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, French Bulldog, Australian Shepherd, Beagle, Goldendoodle (sic), Australian Cattle Dog, Shiba Inu, and coming in at #10, the Border Collie (to see the top 10 dog breed searches from Nassau and Suffolk in Long Island, click here).

However else you feel about Google, at least they like dogs and have a sense of humor (do a Google search on the word, “askew” and see what happens.

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