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Fetch & Follow Stories | Samantha & Bill Murray

We first met Samantha and her cheeky side kick Bill Murray when we were based in Netil Market. This character filled Miniature Dachshund instantly stole our hearts, so much so he has actually featured in one of our Fetch & Follow photoshoots.

We spoke to Samantha about how becoming a Freelancer enabled her to welcome a dog into her life and how Bill Murray has become her much loved studio assistant

Tell us about Bill and how he came into your life

4 and a half years ago I made the huge decision to leap into the unsecured world of Freelance Styling. It was the usual story of not being particularly happy in my role and craving a little more creative freedom, however a Bill Murray was also a vital part of my decision. Since moving to London from a small town in Yorkshire, I thought a lot about having a dog to care for and give me that much needed companionship only an animal is capable of. And so, the morning of my first freelance day was dedicated to finding my little pal. All of the research had been done and I knew that a Miniature Dachshund was the only dog for me, I came across an advertisement for some dappled puppies and after a VERY thorough vetting from the breeder my choice was made.Home came the tiny Bill Murray that has rarely been a metre away from my feet ever since.

 How does Bill fit into your general day working?

We spend our days in my Photography Studio – Light Project Photography, where Bill Murray gets love from everywhere – my business partner, clients, delivery drivers (he is especially a huge fan of the UPS lady who has a constant supply of treats in her pocket) and anyone else he encounters in the corridors. Photography Studios are the only working environment that Bill has known and thus he spends most of his days napping or running around inspecting everything is in order. His curiosity and search for attention means he has popped up in many shots over the years, and he is always on hand to snuggle down on a blanket I am prepping to shoot - mid-fold of course.

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

Outside of work we can generally be found in either Clissold Park or by the sea – actually, mostly by the sea. Although not at all a fan of water, Bill Murray is at his happiest when running along a damp sandy beach or munching on a sneaky chip from my boyfriend.

We also have a strong list of local, dog-friendly pubs and restaurants where Bill can be found curled up like a cat and sleeping the time away. Some of our favourites are The Shakespeare - Stoke Newington, Dark Arts - Homerton and Climpson & Sons - Broadway Market

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

Since getting Bill Murray, I have become a big fan of the humble pocket. Due to his sausage nature, we discourage him from jumping on to things and walking up and down stairs, so have had to learn to always have a free pair of hands for lifting. This only ever becomes a problem after his routine fox poo rolling in the Park.

Mine and Bill’s dog essentials are - most importantly, Poo Bags / fresh refillable water bottle / flannel for belly and paw cleaning / camera, which incidentally Bill has learnt to run away from and plenty of TREATS! 

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

We plan for this to be the year of Kent / Sussex Coast adventures. So far, we have visited Margate, Whitstable and Hastings and intend on doing plenty of walks along the cliffs between towns as many of the beaches are declared dog free between May and September. Bill loves a Fish and Chip lunch stop but am sure all of the walking means the odd chip he manages to steal will not increase his waist size too much.

You can follow Samantha and Bill Murray's adventure together through their instagram pages

Walk and Talk Series | Fetch and Follow Dog Walks | September

Here at Fetch and Follow a daily dog walk is an integral part of our routine (and also happens to be our favourite part!). Having a dog opens a world of opportunity everyday with a new adventure every time you hook up your dog's collar to their lead. You never know who you are going to meet and the stories you will share.

With this in mind we are excited to announce the launch of our Fetch & Follow’s Walk & Talks series, bringing together dog owners with a different expert for a dog-friendly walk in varying spots across the capital.

The inaugural walk will take place on Sunday 16th September in East London’s Victoria Park with a trained dog groomer, who will be on hand to answer any questions about how the change in season can affect your dog’s fur and how to best care for it. The walks are also an opportunity to 'try before you buy' our Fetch & Follow products, so you can know your dog is happy and comfy in the items before making the purchase.

Lasting for one hour, no more than 12-15 dogs and their owners will get together for an intimate walk with each owner receiving a Fetch and Follow Doggie Bag themed to the walk (this month will include grooming essentials along with a Fetch & Follow Gift Voucher)

The walks are free to attend but spaces are limited so please contact us on victoria@fetchandfollow.com for an application form. 
Fetch and Follow | Walk and Talk Series | September Grooming
Sunday 16th September 2018
11am Victoria Park London

Zoe Zhang | Dog 2 Series

We are always on the look out for something that makes us smile and when we stumbled across illustrator Zoe Zhang’s series on dogs we couldn’t help but chuckle. Zoe is an illustrator, ceramist, animator and graphic designer, based in UK and China. Her first love was a Shih-Tzu pup and ever since then dogs have inspired her work.
When she moved to London she saw dogs everywhere, on the trains, in cafes and even in shops! The culture of humanising dogs was different from what she had experienced at home and inspired her to start drawing them in this manner
We are big fans of her new series dog 2, which uses more colour then the orignal series. Preferring to draw by hand, adding texture and collage in an experimental way adds further charm to her work. She has managed to capture the cheeky charm of each of the dogs she has drawn. “When I draw dogs, I realise that the relationship between dogs and owners are really like parents and children,” she says.
All artwork by Zoe Zhang
zoeyuezhang.com