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!