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Fetch & Follow Stories | Special | The MASAJ Team

We’re continuing our celebration of Bring Your Dog to Work Day with an interview with the team behind MASAJ. Located within the gardens of The Gossamer Garden and just downstairs from our Fetch & Follow studio, MASAJ provides a contemporary space to combat the negative effects of city living using a carefully tailored menu and a clean, fresh aesthetic to nourish the body and cleanse the mind. Plus not only are they dog friendly but most of the team actually own dogs and bring them to work with them.

 

We spoke to the team about the MASAJ office dogs and the positive affects they have had on not only the studio but also their lives.

Scarlet & 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.

How does Bobby fit into your general day working?

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, cafes 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 & 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 little 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 day working?

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 day working? 

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, plus an add-on foot soak for all those lengthy rambles and a Fetch & Follow Dog Walkers Gift set - Click HERE more information

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