Petworking: This Time We Have Feathers!
GROW TALK BY SOFY ROBERTSON
We are so excited to bring you the third instalment of ‘Petworking’, our premier Pet Networking platform for businesses and business professionals. We have had some fantastic images of pets in the workplaces sent to us by local businesses and we are excited to feature our first ever feathered friends! There’s plenty to ooh and ahh about in this article with our furry and feathered friends taking centre stage, letting their humans big them up (and let’s face it, giving their excellent businesses a little bigging up at the same time!).
Introducing the Petworking Parrots
Our first feathered friends to dip their claws into the Petworking pool; here we have Jasper, the African Grey, and Bluey, the Amazon parrot. These beautiful birdies work at Pinhoe Garage, a well-established, independent business that prides itself on their personal commitment to providing a good value, quality service. Jasper, 23, and Bluey, 33, have been in the family all their lives and love meeting people at Pinhoe Garage.
Our Newest Petworking Pooches
Say hello to the adorable Yogi who works at Angela Consulting. Angela Rimmer, the founder of the company and Virtual Marketing Manager for businesses of all shapes and sizes, sent us this brilliant snap of Yogi the ShihTzu. He is one of two ‘furry kids’ that she enjoys having in her wonderful home office. Yogi, along with Winnie the (Cocker) Poo are:
“cheeky and remind me when it’s time to take a break from my screen.”
Jurassic Coast Card, helping you to explore the beautiful Jurassic Coast further with their range of discounts and offers, would like to introduce Pepper. They say:
“Pepper provides the friendliest welcomes and getting out for walks is the best time for planning and new business ideas! She also knows all the best beaches on the Jurassic Coast!”
Just along the corridor from our Grow Offices we were introduced to Kobe, who was feeling a little shy on his first trip to Pynes Hill Business Centre. Katie Hambridge, Executive Assistant to Ben Cheriton, says:
“Kobe had his first day at the office on Friday. He was nervous to begin with but soon started exploring.”
Later in the day, Kobe met Birdie, Grow’s office dog. Birdie fell instantly in love with Kobe and tried to follow him all around the office. Kobe seemed a little confused at first, but didn’t seem to mind.
Zoe Gill from Doodlebug Creative, a design and illustrative company that can create anything from logos to hand-drawn illustrations, shared this rather happy looking chappy with us. Meet Wilf, a sturdy member of the team through both Zoe’s freelance work and Doodlebug work. Zoe says:
“He starts every day with a laggy tail!”
Another fantastic four-legged friend from Sampson Hall; this is Mole. Sandra Sampson says:
“Here is Mole, managing to find the autumn sunshine coming into the office.”
The last of our new pooches for this week, but by no means the least, we have our cover star Willow, the Alaskan Malamute. Not only is Willow Wolf Cycleworx’s shop dog, she is also their mascot and inspiration for their logo. Wolf Cycleworx, a family-run shop offering bicycle sales and repairs, also have a BMX Race Team consisting of around twenty riders who travel to races all over the country. This means that Willow and her feline sister, Mayzee the Maine Coone cat, are no stranger to road trips and spend a lot of time in the camper van. Ben says:
“Willow adores children, they’re the perfect height to give doggy kisses. She’s so gentle with children and is more than happy to give ‘high fives’ for treats. Mayzee is very good at teasing the other dogs on campsites but only if she can run under her big sister Willow for protection.
Our race team love having Willow supporting them at races, howling to cheer them on. Just yesterday she was in Blackpool with us for the British Championships, where she turned on her charms for a free sausage from one of the food outlets. We get hundreds of children coming up and asking to stroke Willow, she’s become quite famous in the world of BMX.”
And when she’s not lapping up her stardom at BMX meets? Willow can be found in Haldon Forest doing some Bike Jouring as part of Cycleworx’s shop-organised Mountain Bike Rides. Back at the shop, she loves to lie looking out of the window and watch the traffic whilst waiting for customers to come and give her attention.
Our Newest Petworking Pussies
Apart from Mayzee the Maine Coone, we only have one Petworking Pussy to share with you this week. Alicia Bevan runs her own seamstress business from home, Alterations by Alicia, where she specialises in wedding dresses and is ‘assisted’ by her super-cute cat, Scribbles. Alicia says:
“This is Scribbles – she gets her name from her love of playing with pens and pencils. She isn’t allowed in the sewing studio of course, but she enjoys a cuddle when I take a break, and sometimes she has a nuzzle with my brides as well when they come for fittings.”
Phew, from Team Grow we say another huge thank you to all the fantastic businesses and business people who have shared their pets with us so far. We are rapidly approaching our first Petworking event, so watch this space! We are absolutely loving ‘virtually meeting’ the pets we have so far and finding out about the businesses they are part of. All we have left to say is keep them coming! And come on cat lovers of the UK, you’re letting the side down, we know you’re all over Insta so get your photos and details about your furry loved one to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on social media with @GrowExeter #Petworking.