Pet dogs spend a day in the workplace at Hampstead dental surgery

16:22 27 June 2014

Dr Jay Prashar and his wife Irene in the dentist

Dr Jay Prashar and his wife Irene in the dentist's chair with their pet dog Toffee. Back, left to right: Leean Young with her dog Nacho and practice manager Sarah Livingstone with Oscar. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

© Nigel Sutton email

A group of dogs showed no fear of the dentist’s chair as they joined their owners for a day’s work at a Hampstead dental surgery.

Dentist Dr Jay Prashar, 48, and colleagues at his Glow Dentistry practice, in Heath Street, brought their pets with them today as part of the first-ever Bring Your Dog To Work Day.

The new initiative, founded by Hampstead-based healthy dog treat company LoveSniffys, aims to raise funds for animal charities All Dogs Matter, Animals Asia and Pup Aid.

Dr Prashar and his wife Irene, who works as a secretary at Glow Dentistry, brought their two-year-old Cockapoo Toffee, a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a poodle, to work with them last week.

Dr Prashar said: “It was interesting. It didn’t disrupt the flow, it was a relaxed atmosphere. The dogs would go out for a little walk then come back again.

“They were just sitting around, they were in a home environment because they were with their owners.

“We occasionally have the odd patient who brings their pet in because they are quite calming. Anything in a dental environment that can calm you is probably a good thing.

“But generally on a hygiene level we wouldn’t allow it in a clinical setting.”

Hampstead resident Leaan Young, founder of LoveSniffys, started the initiative with pet grooming company Butch & Bess and managed to involve companies across the UK.

ITV daytime programme This Morning lent its support to the initiative with Eamonn Holmes and his wife and co-presenter Ruth Langsford bringing their beloved pooch Maggie in for Friday’s show.

Ms Young said: “Many scientific studies have shown that the presence of pets can substantially reduce a person’s stress level in the workplace and be beneficial to a person’s well being.

“We’re absolutely certain that Bring Your Dog To Work Day participants will create a new kind of Friday feeling in the company of man’s best friend.

“The amount of interest we’ve seen from businesses across the country has blown us away, so we’re really hopeful of raising some significant funds for the three animal organisations we’re working with.”

Businesses and individuals were encouraged to make online donations of £50 and £2 respectively to participate, with all proceeds split between the three chosen charities.

Businesses could also participate by becoming an official sponsor. In return for a minimum donation of £50, a company logo and website link for each business was displayed on the Bring Your Dog to Work Day website.

For more information on the initiative, visit


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:55
Sydney Road in Muswell Hill. Picture: Polly Hancock

A 40 year old man has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon and grievous bodily harm.

Yesterday, 17:31
Rimon Jewish Primary School in Golders Green. Picture: Polly Hancock

A Jewish free school has been criticised by the government after its admissions policy was found to favour families who paid subscription fees to certain synagogues.

Yesterday, 15:20
The meeting will see the Syrian refugee crisis discussed Picture: Angelika Warmuth/ DPA Germany

Community groups in Haringey are meeting to decide how best to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Yesterday, 12:56
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson opens the new Archer Academy campus. Picture: Nigel Sutton

A free school’s £14million new campus has been officially opened by Paralympic champion Lady Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder