These cute canines bring provide plenty of fun to their travel agent owners. Got a furry contender? Send us your office pooch and we’ll add them to our doggie hall of fame!
Having a travel agency pet pooch not only brings plenty of fun to the office, but their cuteness factor can also win over clients, too. We catch up with some of travel’s famous doggies (and their owners) to find out more about them.
Breed: Heinz variety – I’m a rescue dog
Favourite spot in the office: Silly question …Bed
Hobbies: Eating and sleeping (mostly eating)
Bad habits: Ask my owner but I doubt if I have any… I’m pretty perfect
Travelled to: She only takes me to work. I never get to travel (sigh)
Bucket list destination: I'm probably safer at home. Look what happened to that giant rabbit on that flight…
Favourite famous dog: Tintin’s Snowy because he got to travel
Favourite song: Working 9 to 5
Mona Boardman, director at Europa Travel, says: “Rosie is a great de-stresser for the office, and the amusement factor means she draws clients in. Having a dog contributes to a relaxed environment, which is the best atmosphere for making a sale.”
Breed: Miniature Schnauzer
Where do you like to hang out in the office: In the window to watch the world go by, at the door to greet clients, or on my blanket for naps
Favourite hobbies: Walking and chilling
Bad habits: I like to bark at other dogs through the window
Travelled to: Brighton, London and the Lake District
Favourite famous dog: I am famous!
Favourite song: Somebody Else by The 1975
Jai Porter, director at TravelLab, says: “Charlie is a customer magnet. He gets more Christmas gifts than the rest of us combined!
"Having a dog always helps us sell too, as it illustrates to our clients that we are a laidback bunch. Many of our clients have dogs so he is a point of conversation.”
Breed: Miniature Dachshunds
Ages: 12 and six
Favourite hobbies: Chasing rabbits
Bad habits: Terrorising the postman
Travelled to: We are home birds – we have to hold the fort while the girls are off jet setting!
Bucket list destinations: The Dalmatian Coast, Frankfurt, the Isle of Dogs. We’d love to visit Barkalona and Poochapest, too
Which of you is the biggest ladies' man? George is the ladies' man – a wonderful meeter and greeter. Jude has delusions that he is in fact a Rottweiler and takes on office security…
What do you both bring to the office? Occasional chaos, but mainly a lovely distraction, and an excuse for the girls go for walks in the summer
Cathy Jackson-Spence, owner of Wetherby Travel, says: “Our clients always make a fuss of the boys and they are well known in Wetherby. Have they helped us sell? Only when they pin a client down so we can get the credit card out of their wallet!”
“Mainly the dogs provide some giggles. Someone once came in on their lunch break having brought a chicken salad sandwich, but when they left they discovered no chicken in the bread and a well licked hole in their sandwich wrapper!”
Breed: Shih Tzu
Age: 17 months
Favourite office hangout: My red chair
Hobbies: Being pampered, long walks to the pub and socialising
Bad habits: Going exploring without my mummy. And getting amorous with my basket at inappropriate times!
Travelled to: Birmingham, the New Forest and Hengistbury Head but the world is my oyster
Bucket list destination: I’d like to accompany Paul O’Grady on one of his Indian adventures, take a hot air balloon ride across the Masai Mara and watch the sun set in Santorini
Is there a Mrs. Oscar? No, I like being an only child!
Joanne Farrell, owner at Holidaze, says: “Oscar brings a calm influence to the office and a friendly greeting and smile to all customers and the team.
“He definitely attracts customers – they sometimes just come in to see Oscar and have a play, and they will come back on another day to book their holiday.”
Name of dog: Mavis
Age: One year and one month
Favourite food: Anything the humans like to eat
Hobbies: I could chase my toy ball for hours
Bad habits: Shredding tissues
Travelled to: I'm on my first-ever doggie holiday at a Hoseasons dog-friendly lodge in Devon at the moment. It's a dog's life.
Kate Harris, owner at Inspired Travel, says: "Mavis brings much laughter and mayhem to the office and brings a smile to our faces when we see the silly positions she lies in her crate. All our clients know her as she's regularly on our Facebook page. Most of the customers want her to come out of the crate to say hello – she is loved."
Age: 14 weeks
Favourite food: Worms
Hobbies: Stealing underwear (don't ask!)
Travelled to: It's early days as I'm so young but I'm dreaming big!
Bucket list destination: Anywhere my mummy wants to go!
Emma Frearson at Villair Travel says: "Max brings smiles to the office without a doubt, he can change the mood in an instant! There's a lot to be said about having a dog present, not just for clients but for the staff… nothing starts the day off better than a wag and a cheeky kiss from a puppy!
"Max definitely brings attention to the agency – clients love to see a dog in a business and they will go out of their way to say hello and give him a stroke!"
Age: 12 weeks
Favourite food: Whatever the humans are having!
Favourite hobbies: Going up and down my dach-ramp that my owner made me so I can get on the sofa easily
Bad habits: Chewing travel brochures
Travelled to: So far I've been from Wales to Gloucestershire but I'm looking forward to seeing more of the world
Bucket list destination: Krakow to see the annual dachshund parade
Travel Counsellor Madeleine Corley says: "Working from home with a dachshund had been my dream for years. He’s good company, helps me shred paper for recycling and is a warm fuzzy foot rest under my desk."
"Sharing pictures of Jolly online certainly helps draw in customers. Once he’s old enough for proper walks I’m getting him an outfit with my contact details on it to spread the word!"
Thanks so much for all your lovely submissions over the past few weeks. Check out more from our doggy hall of fame here