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Fetch & Follow Stories | Holly and Monty

We first came across Holly and her cute border terrier sidekick Monty through her fun instagram page Holly Horton which depicts her life as an artist and the things which inspire her. Based in Kent Holly creates unique pieces on paper and wood with a strong focus on abstract and geometric designs.

We chatted to Holly about life with Monty and how this chilled out character and studio buddy has had such an incredible impact on her wellbeing 

Tell us about your Monty and how he came into your life

 Monty is my 7-year-old border terrier. I have no idea where the time has gone, because I still think of him as a puppy. I have suffered with really bad anxiety since I was a teenager and one of the main reasons I wanted a dog was to hopefully help with that. Of all the terrier breeds, Borders are supposed to be the calmest (I don't know if that's true) but Monty is incredibly chilled out - he doesn't care about squirrels in the park and he loves cuddles! He is very stubborn and has a naughty streak, but he has had an incredible, positive impact on my life and my mental health.

How does your Monty fit into your general day working?

 I mostly work from home and set my own schedule, so it's easy to fit him in. Recently I ran a pop-up shop, and he was really good. He just made himself comfy in the doorway and watched the world go by. I think he makes me more productive, because with Monty around the day starts with a walk, so I get fresh air and exercise before I sit down to work, and then in the afternoon he knows exactly when he's ready for a walk and will definitely let me know. It normally coincides with when I've been sitting down for too long and my focus is slipping and I'm making daft mistakes, so he is the ideal reminder to take a break, get out of the house and have a little recharge.

He is also best friends with my dad, so when I'm not around, I know he's just fine.

When your not working were do you and Monty like to hang out?

We are so lucky to live on the coast and have amazing beaches all around. The beach is definitely Monty's favourite place and I never appreciated them properly until I got him. Monty also always seems to try and head into pubs when we walk past, which probably says quite a lot.

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

Poo bags, obviously. Monty has a collection of squeaky rubber balls which are his absolute favourite, and he is very displeased if I forget to take one of them out with us. He carries them around the streets with him on the way to the park. Water in the warmer months, but I'm terrible at remembering treats and luckily his recall is very good (normally!)

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

I'd love to get a few days away and take Monty to the countryside, but until then, we have very good mini-adventures with Monty's best dog pal Loxley and my friend Kirstie every week, where we head off along the coast exploring.

You can check out Holly's work on her website www.hollyhorton.com and follow her and Monty's adventures together on Holly Horton instagram page

Fetch & Follow Stories | Florence, Daphne and Elsie

We first came across Florence and her dogs Daphne and Elsie through the Tidy Street General Store's instagram page. Florence opened the store based in Brighton back in 2016, with an emphasis on modern craft with a beautifully curated selection of homewares, clothing and accessories. Since then she has gone on to set up The Bazaar London with Muna Arzouni as a response to today's throwaway fashion culture. A modern craft fair, The Bazaar is a celebration of slow shopping; of sustainability, creativity and craftsmanship which we were lucky enough to be part of last month.

Tell us about your dogs Elsie and Daphne 

Elsie (the Toy Poodle) is the boss even though she’s a tenth of the size of Daphne (the Afghan Hound). They both have very different characters; Daphne is sensitive and aloof, she takes a while to trust people but forms really strong bonds. Elsie is a flirt who charms her way onto everyone’s laps. 

How do they both fit into your general working day?

Having a shop means I’m lucky enough to be able to bring my dogs to work. They have a fan club now, and all the local kids come to visit them after school. Luckily I have an amazing dog walker who takes them out in the middle of the day, and because we live by the sea we often go for a sunset walk along the beach in the evenings. 

Tell us about your store Tidy Street General Store and how it all began?

My mum and I had always wanted to open a shop. She’s an ex- stylist so has an amazing eye, and I had owned other businesses before so knew about that side of things. One day we found the perfect spot; a corner shop with massive windows and lots of natural light in the North Laine area of Brighton, which is full of independent shops. It seemed like fate.

We sell a mix of women’s fashion, jewellery, homewares and accessories. Our aim is to encourage people to make thoughtful purchases of special items that they will treasure forever, rather than the fast fashion that dominates the high street. We support small independent brands and craftspeople and try to showcase items that you may not see everywhere. 

When you’re not working where do you and the dogs like to hang out?

We’re lucky enough to be surrounded by the most amazing countryside and the beach. Whilst Brighton becomes packed with tourists, there are many more amazing beaches down the coast. I try to take the dogs out of town at the weekends so we can enjoy Sussex. During the week we have a local graveyard where all the neighbourhood dogs gather at the same time every day. It’s such fun to watch; sometimes we’ll have 20 dogs of all shapes and sizes chasing each other. Brighton is amazing because it’s so dog friendly; dogs are allowed almost everywhere, so I’m very lucky. 

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

 Afghans are notorious for their lack of recall, so I have to have fresh roast chicken in my pocket if I’m going to let Daphne off the lead: it’s the only thing she thinks is worth coming back for. Aside from that I carry water and biodegradable poo bags, usually in a basket from my shop! 

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

We’ll be driving to the south of France this summer; last year we stopped in Champagne and stayed in a chateau with a moat for one night. Daphne and Elsie looked very at home; I’m not sure they wanted to come back to their basement flat in Brighton! 

You can follow Florence, Daphne and Elsie's adventures together both on the Tidy Street General Store Instagram page and Daphne's page 
Tidy Street General Store

102 Gloucester Road,Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4AP

Dogs In The Workplace | 5 Dog-Friendly Places Across London For After Work Dinner

In the final instalment of our dog-friendly spots to wrap about your working day, we share five places across London for you and your dog to round off Bring Your Dog To Work Day with dinner and/or drinks. Cheers! 

North London
Morty & Bob's

Morty & Bobs serves brunch, lunch, dinner and bar snacks. Open until ‘candlelight’ or 11pm, it’s a top spot for after work enjoyment with your dog. We first had the pleasure of enjoying the famous Morty & Bobs grilled cheese sandwiches, which get gourmet’d up with ingredients such as truffles and nduja salami, while we had our stall at Netil Market and it’s great to see them expand to have new premises in this cool new area of London. In addition to their love of cheese (they have monthly wine and grilled cheese tasting events), they also service interesting wines, cocktails and London Beers to help you celebrate your dog’s office debut!

49 Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ

East London
The Ace Hotel

Dare we say it but The Ace is pretty ace if you are a dog about town, as admiring eyes and cuddles await you as soon as your tails whisks through their doors. The Lobby, Café and restaurant are all dog-friendly and with casual seating, it's a relaxed place to enjoy after work cocktails and small plates with friends where your dog is welcome too. It does get busy and buzzy though, so be mindful if your dog gets a bit overwhelmed by fun-loving crowds.

100 Shoreditch High St, Hackney, London E1 6JQ

West London
The Hummingbird Bakery
The Hummingbird Bakery

If you prefer to end the working week on a sugar high, this the stop for you. Located almost opposite South Kensington Station, The Hummingbird Bakery offers a full range of American-style baked treats and desserts including cupcakes, layer cakes, brownies, pies, cheesecakes and more, with vegan and gluten-free options too. Dogs are welcome and they also have branches in Islington, Notting Hill, Soho and Spitalfields too.

47 Old Brompton Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 3JP

 

South London
Petitou 

Escape the post-work hustle and bustle of Clapham High Street at this light, airy and relaxed gastropub, serving a modern European brasserie menu, which prides itself on working with some of the best small producers the British Isles has to offer. Dogs are allowed to join you inside but there’s also a pretty walled garden that is a suntrap for the early evening glow and a heated and covered pergola to provide shelter should the weather turn.

63 Choumert Rd, Peckham, London SE15 4AR

Central London
La Goccia Covent Garden

La Goccia is an all-day dining restaurant, serving Italian inspired dishes, wood-fired pizzette and botanical cocktails. Part of the Petersham Nurseries group, La Goccia is the brand’s interpretation of the Italian aperitivo and small plates known as ‘cicchetti’. Incredibly dog-friendly, it’s a great place to welcome in the weekend with friends on two and four-legs before heading off home.

1 Floral Court, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9FB

 

Where are your after-work spots with your dog? Share or tag us @Fetchandfollow as we are always on the hunt for someone new to try with our pets and pals. 

#BringYourDogToWorkDay, as organised by HOWND, takes place this Friday 21 June. Dog owner or business, join the fun and make a difference to the welfare of dogs by donating at Bringyourdogtoworkday.co.uk/join-the-fun