I love meeting office dogs from around the world. This special girl lives and works in London! Meet Dylan, also known as Dilly Dog, who works at Synergy Vision in Human Resources. I wonder if they have a special Doggy Resources division. I hope you’ll enjoy reading what she says, as much as I enjoyed interviewing her.
Napa: What breed are you?
Dylan: I is a female Welsh Terrier, there’s not many of us around. I is not a miniature Airedale, which I is often asked.
Napa: Tell me more about working at Synergy Vision. I’d love to learn more about the company.
Dylan: I haz been working at Synergy Vision since I was a pup, about three years ago. It’z a medical communications agency with some very smart science peeps working there, and obviously a smart dog likes me increases the IQ even further.
Despite Synergy Vision being an ethical company paying London Living Wage, I gets paid in doggie treats, which is fine by me.
Napa: What is a typical day like in the Synergy Vision office?
Dylan: I usually getz into the office early with me mum, so I is there first to bark at everybody else as they arrive. My brother Deepher usually comes into the office with me. He is a new office dog and only been on da doggie treat payroll a few months.
It’s a busy office, but people travel a lot, so not everyone is always in. They brings treats for us from all over the world when they gets back. Some treats are not so tasty.
Napa: I’ve always wanted to interview a dog who worked in human resources. Do you manage canines or humans (or both)?
Dylan: I manage the welfare of thirty peeps and one other dog. A main part of my job is recruitment, so when people come in for their interview, I have to sniff and check dem to see if they like doggies. Bribes are accepted! I’m great at therapy for my teamz by allowing them to play ball with me and my brother in the office or taking us for a walk.
Napa: What HR advice would you share to humans and canines alike?
Dylan: I find giving people direct, instant, honest feedback is the best thing. Dogs are very clear on what we like and don’t like, and we don’t dress it up. Sometimes I bark, sometimes I roll over and show my belly. Either show clear, immediate communication about my feelings. Humans should be the same where possible (maybe without da barking or belly showing… dat would be weird!).
Napa: Whose desk do you sit under most often?
Dylan: Mostly I sits behind mums chair. I loves sitting behind chairs rather than under desks. Even after three years I have not learned that chairs have wheels, and I yelps when people regularly reverse into me. Lesson to humans – check before you reverse.
Napa: When you get bored around the office (in between important in the office tasks), how do you keep busy?
Dylan: I have a very busy job and don’t really have time to get bored, but I does like to find a quiet place by the window for a bit of sun puddling when I gets a chance.
Napa: What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten around the office (even if you weren’t supposed to)?
Dylan: On Pancake Day, they made pancakes in the office. The humans weren’t too good at tossing them, so I got lots that fell on the floor. Nom, nom!
Napa: What’s your favorite funny dog video? Please share the link!
Dylan: I loves this little Jack Russell busting all the balloons, reminds me of my brother, Deepher.
Napa: Where are you from? What’s your favorite trait about the area you live in?
Dylan: I’ve always lived in London, just a 20-minute walk from the office. It’s great to walk in each morning. I loves the parks in London, especially Hampstead Heath where I chases da squirrels and swim in da ponds.
Napa: If you could tell your human co-workers anything, what would it be?
Dylan: When I snarl at you and snap at your feet, it doesn’t mean I don’t like you. I is just reminding you I is small, and I is here.
Napa: Can you share any advice for other office dogs?
Dylan: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you or the hand that delivers the post or comes to collect the parcels (they don’t like that).
Are you an office dog? Is your co-worker a canine? Get in touch on Twitter or leave a note in the comments section if you’d like to be interviewed!
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