Lucinda Elmes is an interior Designer at Capital Interiors. Lucinda’s pooch pal Percy comes to work with her at their London offices – we take a peak at this pet friendly workplace.
You’ve had percy at work with you since he was a puppy. Was it hard to get work done and look after him in the early stages?
It was definitely a bit of a balancing act in the beginning. I used a travel crate which allowed me to lock him away if I needed to which helped a lot. Mainly though I had him on my lap while I sat at my computer because otherwise there were just too many temptations for a mischievous puppy.
How did you manage to toilet train him at work?
There were obviously quite a few accidents – I had puppy pads everywhere! Because of his extra-long body, he would always manage only to have his front paws on the pad, so he was constantly missing it at the back end! Being at work did make me more vigilant at taking him regularly though which I think sped up the whole process.
Any really embarrassing mis-haps?
He did once do a massive, loose number two in the Pret-A-Manger near my office while I was getting Coffee one morning. Mortifying! They were very nice about it.
Is Percy a help or a hinderance at work?
The majority of the time he is a complete help because it makes me very happy just to have him around. I am lucky though that in my industry, it’s almost odd to not have a dog around. Most of the showrooms at Chelsea Design Centre have dogs as well so he is welcome in there too. It does mean extra thought to how you plan your day – you can’t just up and leave without having someone to look after him.
What’s the best thing about having Percy at work with you?
Aside from the general loveliness that comes with having any dog around, it does give me an excuse to leave the office for a proper break which I never did before. Even if it’s five minutes just trotting him around Vincent Square, it gets me a away from my desk.
Has Percy become the office mascot?
Percy is definitely the office mascot – he is often missed when he is on an R&R break at his favorite Norfolk country pile (my Mum’s). I think he’s relaxing to have around and colleagues are always coming up to my office just to have a cuddle or a five minute play. People were even asking why he wasn’t at our Christmas lunch!
Do your clients love him?
I think they believe he is the creative driving force behind the entire company. And they would be right.
Can you recommend some dog-friendly places near your office?
Most of the Pubs in the near vicinity are Dog friendly, in particular The Queens Arms which I think does the best food. We are lucky as being in Pimlico, means they are a bit more relaxed than in town.
Percy must have impeccable taste in interiors. Does he have some designer pieces at home?
He’s a Red Brindle which means he looks pretty great in any colour, however he is particularly fond of purple which is appropriately regal. He loves his Siro Twist Pet Bed – the fab design and orthopedic cushion makes it his favourite place to be when at home relaxing.