But for one Central New Yorker, having her furry friend tag along doesn't just happen once a year.
Donna Waterman brings her two and a half year old dog, Harlee to work every single day.
She says Harlee is part of her and her business's family.
Harlee makes sure to greet the customers at the door throughout the day.
"It's great having Harlee here....she keeps me going during the day.....she's pretty much the focus of the day," said Waterman.
Donna says that Harlee has gotten to know the regulars, and has even gotten used to the mail man.