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Late Tatler dog Alan sets standard for office pooches across north London

Ree Ree Rockette with her dog Ellington at Rockalily Salon. Picture: Fanni Williams Ree Ree Rockette with her dog Ellington at Rockalily Salon. Picture: Fanni Williams

Monday, January 28, 2013
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From woodworking to hairdressing, fashion to journalism. Office dogs across north London continue to work despite news of the sad loss of Tatler dog Alan.

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Shop owner Jade Stavri with Frank, the dachshund, who goes to work with her at Scarlet Rage vintage shop in Crouch End. Picture: Polly HancockShop owner Jade Stavri with Frank, the dachshund, who goes to work with her at Scarlet Rage vintage shop in Crouch End. Picture: Polly Hancock

The world was shocked to hear of the death of Tatler’s office daschund - Alan TBH Plumptre - who died in a revolving door accident last week.

Many commented not only on the sad event but about the idea of having an office dog at all.

But office dogs are not only the preserve of well-established socialite magazine offices. All over our dog-loving community are pooches who make it to work everyday with their owners.

Giving Tatler dog Alan a run for his money in the style department is Frank, the daschund that occupies Crouch End vintage store Scarlet Rage with his owner Jade Stavri.

Ham&High office dog Sally, with her third place rosette at Pup Idol in 2012Ham&High office dog Sally, with her third place rosette at Pup Idol in 2012

Frank is, like his stylist owner, fashion mad and owns a bow tie and numerous jackets.

Even though he has an eye for style he prefers to relax on his chair while Ms Stavri helps customers find their ideal vintage piece, occasionally greeting them.

“Frank comes to work with me everyday because I couldn’t leave him in the house by himself,” says Ms Stavri, 26. “He has become quite famous and has his own following of people who come in to the shop just to see him. He gets lots of attention. He’s the perfect companion for me.”

Even the Ham&High has its own little helper, in the form of Sally, a 14-year-old lurcher-whippet cross who is owned by long-serving office administrator and front-desk worker Pamela Gunsell.

Until recently, Sally was a regular fixture in the Ham&High office from being a pup. In her youth, Sally was keen to help out reporters, often accompanying ex-Ham&High reporter Mark Mullen on jobs out of the office.

“People who knew me would think the reporters had dog-napped her,” says Ms Gunsell. “She was definitely recognised out and about by the locals.”

Another long-serving dog is Flo, a seven-and-a-half year old English Bull Terrier and Labrador cross.

Flo joins her owner Derek Holder at work in his pine furniture shop, Holders Pine, in Malden Road, Kentish Town.

Mr Holder has had Flo for six years and immediately started taking her to work to help her get over her timid nature after he got her from the Mayhew Animal Home rescue centre.

“She was a very nervous dog when we first got her, even the slightest sound would make her run home if she was out on a walk, but she has never been bothered by the sound of us working on the pine,” says Mr Holder.

“One of the reasons we started our own business was so we had the freedom to be able to get a dog.”

While some work on patch, other dogs have found career success further afield.

Crouch End resident Ellington is a 12-year-old Yorkie who makes the commute from Tottenham Lane to east London everyday.

His owner Ree Ree Rockette, 30, who owns of Rockalily Cuts hair salon in Hackney, was only able to rescue him after setting up her hairdressing business eight months ago.

“I live in a flat in Crouch End and there wouldn’t have been enough space for a dog,” she said.

“When I got the shop eight months ago I thought it would be nice to have a dog in the salon.

“The customers love him and he tends to just sit in his basket and occasionally sniff them. He’s our little old man in the shop.

“I do think having a salon dog is quite a new development and is getting more popular.”

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