King Charles Cavalier, Bear has made himself at home in The Tap End showroom and welcomes cuddles from customers.
What does your company do?
We offer bathroom design, supply & project management from our showroom, which is open to the public.
And introduce us to your workplace pet… What’s their name, and what kind of pet are they?
Bear is a ruby King Charles Cavalier and is just over 1 year old.
How did they become your workplace pet?
He was just a pup when we were kitting out the showroom so used to come with us for visits, when we opened we carried on bringing him in!
What’s it like having an animal around the place?
Clients love having a cuddle, and it brings fun and light-hearted enjoyment to the place.
What made you decide to bring pets into your workplace?
We used to work for another bathroom showroom before we set up our own and it is always something we talked about doing when we had our own place.
Does it have an effect on stress, and on how the whole team works together?
Yes, it is like bringing a little piece of home into work and it reminds you that breaks are healthy and that there’s a world outside of the office!
Any unexpected benefits? Or, indeed, pitfalls?
The barking! Sometimes he barks at passers-by which isn’t good for passing trade for obvious reasons!
Who’s responsible for walking, feeding, cleaning… any of the ‘less popular’ jobs?
Living locally, we walk him to and back from work which is good exercise for us as well as him.
Ever find it a distraction?
Only when he wants to cuddle on your lap and have kisses, and you’re up against a deadline. He is a lapdog through and through.
What would you tell other people who were reluctant to take in an office pet?
When a client we don’t know walks in for the first time we always ask if they are ok with dogs, to date everyone has said yes which indicates that the general public are more open to it than we think.
Anything else you’d like to add?
It is lovely being able to bring a pet into the workplace, and many of our clients bring their pups in with them for presentations as they know we are a pet-friendly workplace. We have also been known to rescue a bird or two in our time after flying into windows of surrounding properties.
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