Puppy Mama Interviews the Founder Institute

Theresa Piasta, Founder of Puppy Mama Interviews the Founder Institute.

The Founder Institute, a start-up accelerator in Silicon Valley is on a mission to ‘Globalize Silicon Valley’ and build sustainable startup ecosystems worldwide. And, they are dog friendly!

Founder Institute’s employees rave about the benefits of dogs being welcomed in their workplace. For Founder Institute’s Global Marketing Manager Rachel Sheppard, “Being able to bring your dog to work is huge.” Rachel appreciates the ability to bring her dog, an adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Batman Sheppard (Rooney for short), to work because it helps him live his best life. …


Puppy Mama Interviews Dr. Robin Apple, Ph.D in Clinical Psychology

Theresa Piasta, Founder of Puppy Mama Interviews Dr. Robin Apple, Ph.D. in Clinical & Consulting Psychology.

Dr. Robin Apple, who has a PhD in Clinical and Consulting Psychology, brings her trained therapy dog, Carmel, to work. She’s found that dogs can help people with anxiety to explore and become more adventurous.

People with depression can calm down with Carmel and feel gratified by the attention she gives them.

Eye contact and cuddling with dogs can release oxytocin, slow the heart rate, and calm people down which is very helpful when talking about difficult issues. Although Dr. …


Puppy Mama Interviews Y Combinator

Puppy Mama went behind the scenes of dog-friendly Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley incubator that helps fund early-staged startups.

Theresa Piasta, Founder of Puppy Mama Interviews Y Combinator Partners Carolynn Levy & Kat Mañalac.

Dogs “should be welcomed everywhere,” said Carolynn Levy, a Partner at Y Combinator. And, this pawsome company is proving that dog-friendly workplaces are PAWssible, since Y Combinator employees are able to bring their dogs with them to the office.

“We view ourselves as a family… And I think when people are so comfortable to bring their dogs, it emphasizes that this is a family atmosphere. And…


The most important thing to remember in training your pup is “practice, practice, practice.” It’s a process, and it may take a while, but with enough practice your pup will learn and be ready to go anywhere with you.

Puppy Mama Live: Theresa Piasta Interviews Dave Shade, CEO of At Attention Dog Training

On the 26th of April, Puppy Mama interviewed Dave Shade, the founder of At Attention Dog Training. Dave served as a paratrooper for 15 months in Afghanistan, receiving a Purple Heart for his service. He left the army in 2009 and struggled to transition back into civilian…


Puppy Mama Interviews Sbragia Family Vineyards

“When you come to visit, you’re treated like you come to my house,” said Ed Sbragia, the President of Sbragia Family Vineyards. Contributing to this ‘sense of home’ is the winery’s acceptance toward our beloved furry friends, which benefits both employees and customers.

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This dog-friendly winery is tucked away in the heart of California’s wine country and has a special history, dating back to 1904 when Ed’s grandfather moved from Tuscany, Italy to Sonoma County. The Sbragia family has been in the wine industry ever since.

About a century later, Ed fulfilled his family’s…

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