Take Your Dog To Work Day


Written by: Isobella Ash

Every day is ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’ here at Orvis UK. In fact having dogs in the work environment increases morale and stroking dogs has been proven to reduce stress. Our employees bring their dogs to the stores and we encourage our customers to bring theirs along too, all breeds are welcome! Even our head office invites employees to bring their dogs to work with them. You may have been introduced to many of them on our #OrvisOfficeDog posts on our social media channels. To celebrate this day I have asked their owners to tell us a little more about their furry companions.

Olive

Olive belongs to our Human Resources Assistant, Poppy Adkins. She actually found Olive through working at Orvis and loves now having her in the office. I must admit the rest of the office loves her too.

“I heard about Olive through a customer whilst working in Orvis Stockbridge, I guess you could say it was meant to be. I followed Pippa’s (Olive’s mum’s) journey through pregnancy and was given regular updates. It was at 4 weeks old that we first met and ultimately chose the little puppy with the orange collar. Olive has been a perfect addition to my family. She’s fun, outgoing, playful and energetic but her endless patience (especially with the children) and unconditional love she has for us all is what makes her so special and irreplaceable.

Olive is always eager to come to work, she waits expectantly at the front door. She has her little routine, a whizz around the office to give a ‘paw’ for treats, then settles down and you don’t hear a peep. She brings a lot of joy to the office and for me it’s a great privilege that I get to bring Olive to work and share her with the Orvis UK family”

Poppy Adkins

George

George is a black Labrador that belongs to Richard Banbury our Director of European Sales. George is incredibly obedient and is always happy to be near Richard as you can see from the picture below as he looks longingly at his master for his next instruction.

“My black Lab is named George because he was born at our village Pub which is called The George. His mum, Tilly is a Yellow Lab but she gave birth to a litter of 9 pups which were all black while his Dad is a working lab coming from a long line of FTC’s.

George has a beautiful head and is very handsome but he’s not a big Lab for a boy at about 28 kilos. However, he is very agile and quick with his FT ancestry clearly coming through. He’s also quite sociable but has been attacked  by a couple of different Terriers and a Visla when he was younger, so can be a little wary of other dogs he doesn’t know.

George lives to retrieve!  He has tremendous drive and is very fast. It takes patience to keep him calm and to make sure he doesn’t run in but he responds to the whistle and hand commands really well, even at long distances.

He is obsessed with Tennis Balls and usually manages to find several each week on his walks around the village and local farm tracks. We now have a huge bag of them in our kitchen.”

Richard Banbury

Beau

This little beauty is Beau. She belongs to Alana Shaw, our Allocation Analyst who refers to her as the offices’ laziest dog. Alana rescued Beau from the RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre in Woking.

“I initially went to see a long haired chihuahua but when I got there Beau was the only one left. As soon as I met her I fell in love, we walked her with my family dog and then I sat for 6 hours to wait for paperwork to be accepted because I didn’t want to leave her in a kennel on firework night!

Beau is always hungry and sleepy, she is obsessed with her doughnut toy and can’t sleep without her bunny teddy “bun buns”. She is hilarious! She screws her nose up and wags her tail so quickly when you ask her to do her “happy nose”. Beau is normally in her bed when in the office under her blanket snoring or round by Helen sitting patiently waiting for some of her sandwich!”

Alana Shaw

Ash

Ash’s owner is Gemma Wilcock, Manager of our Harrogate store. Ash is very much a part of the Orvis family and even goes along with the staff on nights out!

“We have had Ash from a puppy and he came from Mekoro Labradors. We named him Ash as he is pale and the colour of ash wood. When he was 6 months old we started his gun dog training with Sinead Wilkinson, she taught us how to train our dogs to work in the field.

Ash is a very keen and active working dog, quick to learn and very enjoyable to have out on shoot days. At work he sits quite happily in the office in his Orvis bed, relaxing after an hours walk in the morning and then we pop out at lunch for a walk. He is everyone’s best pal here and he even comes out to dinner with us on staff nights out!

Gemma Wilcock

Maisy

It’s very likely that you have seen Maisy modelling in many Instagram posts by Orvis Chichester but she actually belongs to Emily Lambert our Junior Buyer. In our office Maisy can often be found on Emily’s lap as she works.

“We actually got Maisy from a friend six years ago, we house sat for their farm for a couple of weeks, which came with six four-week-old puppies and their mum! Maisy was the runt of the litter, she was about half the size of everyone else and the only pup with speckles on her nose! We took her home after house sitting and the first night she cried for hours in the kitchen; so I threw the mattress down the stairs and slept in there with her, pretty much until she was old enough to sleep at the end of our bed.

She’s obsessed with having her tummy rubbed and if you saw her on the street you’d think she was a complete princess but she’s grown up on farms and around sheep dogs; I’m pretty sure she thinks she is one! She’s first in the brambles, water throughs and loves to ride on tractors and quad bikes!

She loves coming into the office with all the attention she gets, but she’s definitely an outside dog. At literally five o’clock on the dot I’ll get a paw tap as reminder to go home.”

Emily Lambert

Monty and Beta

These adorable labs belong to our European Account Manager, Rachael Brady. In this relationship Beta is very much the mischief maker and Monty is the saintly pup. Rachael loves to joke about them, in fact she jokes that obviously when this picture was taken Monty was the one using the single brain cell they share.

“I have two wonderful labs; Monty is an 8-year-old black lab and Beta is a year old fox red. They are completely chalk and cheese in both personalities and looks. Monty is an atypical fireside dog. He loves to be by the wood burner, or in the garden sunbathing in the summer. If you can’t find Monty in the house, it normally means he’s on our bed or one of the sofas fast asleep.

Beta is a different kettle of fish altogether. She’s a great gun dog and a proper live wire. Always ready to retrieve and always wants to show you her current favourite toy. She’s a lot smaller than Monty, but she can still knock a grown man down if she’s running towards them, as she hasn’t quite worked out how to brake yet!

I love bringing them into the office as it gives them stimulation throughout the day and they’re always up for a cuddle or ear scratch when I need to step away from my desk. They love coming in too as they get to run over to the retail pod and steal the new toy samples, so they have a whale of a time. Not to mention all the fuss and treats they get from the Orvis team.”

Rachael Brady

Dalton and Hudson

These two perfect Pugs belong to Cat West our Head of Retail. They follow her everywhere and are always up for a cuddle with anyone in the office. In fact if you leave the office they almost say goodbye with their little barks.

“Dalton was the first dog that I have ever had and the first co-dog with my husband. We were both 100% set on having a little boy pug. After a couple of broken-heart experiences with breeders letting us down at the last minute, my husband Milo found Dalton and suggested we go and see him. I can tell you it was love at first sight for all three of us. My heart melted the moment I saw his big brown soft eyes and tiny paws. When I lifted him up for a cuddle that was it. Game, set & match. He was coming home.

To decide on a name we sat in a pub garden shouting out names in a doggy tone as though we were calling the name across a park.  We are a big film household so we finally settled on Dalton after Patrick Swayze’s character in Road House. Our puppy looked pretty lean and handsome – just like Patrick Swayze!

Dalton is scared of pretty much anything and will hide behind me to protect him. He is also however still prone to mad moments and loves running around and playing with other dogs.  He is always by my side or on my husbands lap. I love this about him, it makes my heart melt on a daily basis.  He’s super snugly and will fall asleep upside down in my arms – a real baby.

After a year or so, we started to talk about a second dog although Dalton normally has company, we thought he might prefer to have a little friend to play with and to cuddle up to at all times. 2 years in and it just so happened that Dalton’s original owner got in touch and told me that Dalton’s little sister Nancy was having puppies. How could we not have one of those puppies? I went to see the puppies who were only weeks old and we fell in love with a huge puppy that resembled a fluffy teddy. The naming process continued. Another of our favorite films in Aliens and one of the marines in the film is called Hudson he was played by Bill Paxton who had sadly passed away so it seemed like a great pick.

He’s a totally different character to Dalton with boundless energy and a thirst for exploration. Hudson also loves stones a little to much and will go in search of the biggest one he can find to bring inside and sit on the sofa with.

I’m super lucky because the boys can come to the office with me. Not only does this make their day – (they have the best time with cuddles, treats, smells and being around humans all day), but it is such a wonderful environment to work in.  I love seeing how happy they make others on a daily basis and lets face it happy people are more productive.

We did find out that there is a collective noun for three of more pugs and its called a ‘grumble’. How could we not have a grumble?”

Cat West

We have so many other Orvis dogs that haven’t been mentioned in this blog like Leo, Pepper, Charlie and Louis, the list goes on. We love all the dogs in our office and encourage other companies to welcome these lovable creatures into their work space. The benefits explain themselves!

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