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Scarlet and Bobby

Tell us about Bobby and how he came into your life.

Dave (who’s the MASAJ designer), Rosie (my wife) and I were writing the MASAJ manifesto, and we got distracted by the cute cockapoos on Gumtree. But it wasn’t all that impulsive; we initially had the idea as I was suffering from depression and I’d read that dogs can be beneficial, which Bobby really truly has been.

How does Bobby fit into your general working day?

He stays at home for the morning after a 6am wee, having a long lie-in, then he goes on a long walk with his pals (with the glorious Martina), and comes to meet me at Gossamer City at around 2pm, where he stays until we walk home together — sometimes picking up Rosie from the station at Bethnal Green. Usually he’s off the lead and he dashes across the park to meet her.

When you’re not working, where do you and Bobby like to hang out?

We’re always away on weekend trips and he always comes, too; places like Epping Forest, the coast in Norfolk, Cornwall and Wales where we can go on long walks, as he’s easy in the (Zip)car. When we’re in London, we hang out locally in parks, cafés and pubs.

What essentials do you always have on you when heading out for a dog walk, and what do you carry them in?

We’re taking less and less; we used to pack a proper bag, but now we don’t. Though there’s always a ball as Bobby loves them.

What adventures do you and Bobby have planned for the rest of the year?

We’re hoping to move house. Somewhere a bit further out with a nice big garden for the little dude, and his cat sisters, Mate and Monkey.

Alice and Debbie

Tell us about Debbie and how she came into your life.

I’d wanted to re-home a rescue dog for a long time and had waited until I found the best possible fit! Debbie was around two years’ old and had been found abandoned in a field in the countryside in Cyprus with her litter of puppies. As soon as I saw her picture online, it was love at first sight! 

It was clear that the main things she needed were a secure and loving home and a comfy space to completely chill and make her own, after such an uncertain start in life.

The first few months were tough at times as she adapted to London life, but she’s growing in confidence each day and it’s amazing to see her progress from terrified abandoned dog to the diva that she is today! 

She is a mix of a few different breeds, but as a rescue it’s hard to be exactly sure of which. She has the snout and little legs of a dachshund, the build of a terrier, and the fluffy tail of a spaniel!

How does Debbie fit into your general working day?

Debbie definitely prefers the company of humans to other dogs, so a lot of the time she chills with me when I’m working from home, or will come into the office with me and snooze by my feet when we have a quiet day. She LOVES the attention she gets from my MASAJ team mates, and is always keen for a little bit of doggy-massage!

When you’re not working where, do you both like to hang out?

Our favourite local haunts are Hollow Ponds and Hackney Marshes. For a dog with such tiny legs, Debbie loves a long walk! We’re normally up and out quite early in the morning, and it’s the perfect way to start our days.

What essentials do you always have on you when heading out for a dog walk, and what do you carry them in?

Debbie’s absolute favourite treat is cheese, so I always have a bag of little cubes with me! Aside from that, it’s a tennis ball for her, some Dr Bronner’s peppermint hand sanitiser for me and some water for us both in my Swell water bottle, all carried in a Fjällräven backpack.

 

What adventures do you and Debbie have planned for the rest of the year?

We’re planning on spending a lot of time with family down by the sea in Kent, as well as visits to friends across the country.  As a Cypriot rescue, Debbie is happiest when lying in the baking sun doing nothing, so I’m hoping that we get to have a proper summer at some point so that we can both do just that! 

 

Bex and Gustav

Tell us about Gustav and how he came into your life

My partner and I had been discussing getting a dog for a few years, but it was never quite the right time, and we were thinking about doing a big trip; either going to live somewhere for a year or just travelling (/working) for a few months. In the end, we went to Colombia, Mexico, LA and Sri Lanka for five months last year, and the pup was a real bonus about coming back. We wanted to rescue but decided, for our first one, we should get a puppy – but hope to adopt some down the line.  
We first met Gustav in Glastonbury on a drive down to Cornwall. He was tiny and quite peculiar-looking, as he couldn’t open his eyes properly and fitted into Charlie’s palm, but we knew he was our guy, so we picked him up – much fluffier and more energetic – a month later.

How does Gustav fit into your general working day? 

He just does, as he kind of has to, but to varying degrees; some days he’s a little bothersome and barks lots or playfully pesters Bobby, but others he’s chilled and just snoozes. I think that’s just normal pup behaviour. 
Though I miss cycling and he can be a rascal, it’s so amazing to be able to be with him through his pup years and hang out with him all the time (though it does give him a bit of separation anxiety, which we’re working on).
I’m also a yoga teacher and that doesn’t work quite so well.  


When you’re not working where do you both like to hang out?

Everywhere we go, he comes with us (so our Picture House membership hasn’t seen much use since January) – and our favourite places vary slightly; though we agree on parks, pubs and the garden. 

What essentials do you always have on you when heading out for a dog walk, and what do you carry them in?

Just one of those snazzy little eco poo bag holders in the shape of a bone, but if it’s a trip we’re prepping for more, we’ll usually have treats – especially now we’re doing more training – and a little fold-up dog bowl. Though he’s now realised that’s a fun toy, so we often have to feed him water in imaginative ways as he’s bitten holes in it. 
It’s all kept in a MASAJ gym sac (…genuinely, I’m not just saying that), which are perfect as the straps leave you hands-free. 
When the weather gets chillier, Gus is 100% going to be kitted out in a Fetch & Follow Sherpa jacket.


What adventures do you and Gustav have planned for the rest of the year?

Just more London living, and occasionally popping out to see family near Cambridge and on the coast, but hopefully some nice UK trips further afield, too. We had a dreamy few days on my Ma’s barge in May, so hoping to do that again, then we’ve got plans to go to the Lake District in July and Cornwall in September.

 

You can Follow the MASAJ Team on their Instagram page. Plus, to celebrate Bring Your Dog To Work Day, you can win a and a 60-minute MASAJ treatment, an add-on foot soak for all those lengthy rambles, and a Fetch & Follow Dog Walkers’ gift set. See more details.

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