If you're like many of us, your dog is more an extension of your family than a pet. It's been an evolution decades in the making, but Fido has certainly made his way out of the backyard doghouse and into the comfort of our beds.

With this ongoing canine invasion of every facet of our lives, it's little wonder that this Friday Houston will celebrate Bring Your Dog to Work Day. Organized by the Houston Humane Society to bring attention to animal cruelty, there's even a proclamation for this special "holiday" of sorts. And if you are so inclined to bring your pup to the office on Friday, be sure to swing by the "official" after party at Little J's Bar on Washington Ave. You'll find themed drinks on special--$3 greyhounds, salty dogs and Jack "Russell" Daniels and Coke (from 5 to 9 pm).

Dogs are always welcome on the patio and inside at Little J's but it's not the only local watering hole that's popular for canine lovers. Here are a few other spots where your best friend is welcome: