National Pet Day: Hounds of Huckletree

BY Natalie SimpsonApril 12, 2019

Dog-friendly workspace - Hounds of Huckletree: Several dogs standing in front of a pink background

It happened. The greatest holiday to ever grace our nation. Have you guessed it? It was the one, the only, National Pet Day.

As you probably know, we have a penchant for all things furry here at Huckletree, and as a dog-friendly organisation, we had to push out all the stops to celebrate.

In collaboration with members Butternut Box, we hosted our very own ‘Huckletree Doggy Wellness Day’ down at Huckletree West. Guests furry and otherwise had an on-site visit from the wonderful Ciara from Vet in The City, a Pawdicure corner and of course, a Butternut Box packed lunch – but more on that to come.


We’re all very familiar with the term ‘puppy therapy’, but how much do our furry friends really affect our wellbeing? Research from employee engagement platform, Perkbox, found that 60% of people in their survey believed that office dogs are just a faux policy used by organisations to attract millennial team members.

We know this simply isn’t true. Bringing your pup to work (or just simply having the presence of a dog in your office) has been proven to reduce stress levels and increase productivity. Having a dog-friendly office also promotes employee bonding and team cohesion. What better way to bond with co-workers (or community members in our case), than over a shared appreciation over an adorable pooch? We’re all about collaboration and community, which is why our Huckletree West dog policy is so successful.


Our Doggy Wellness Day kicked off with a special visit from Ciara, Chief Vet at Vet in The City, who provided our members’ with an awesome Q&A session on their dog related health queries.

Ciara also shared her top tips on how to take care of your pets both at home and in the office, and we discovered that:

“Having a dog in the workplace not only improves your public image, but it also reduces blood pressure and stress”.

Pooches: great for hiring and wellness. You learn something new every day!

She also offered a full health assessment (pawdicure included) to our lovely doggy members. Thanks to her A* star advice, gone were the days of dodgy de-claws and matted coats.

Dog-Friendly Workspace - a group of people and their dogs sat down


Ciara’s ultimate pampering session was followed by a pooch packed lunch, provided by our Huckletree West members, Butternut Box. Trailblazers of the pet-food industry, they recently raised £15million to fund their expansion.

Team BB provide freshly prepared, healthy home-cooked dog food – delivered straight to your door in the perfect portion for your pup. Their mantra is that dogs deserve to eat dog food that actually… has real food in it.

Well, we all deserve a decent diet, so why shouldn’t our pups too?!

Dog Friendly: a dog eats food from a bowl


Our Huckletree West workspace is home to a range of awesome innovators (both human and furry). We champion flexible working in a way that benefits both employee and employer. That’s why we encourage our members to bring their dogs to work with them, and if they need, their kids too! Our on-site kids studio and Power Parent membership allows Parentrepreneurs to get on with their work whilst balancing family commitments – it is 2019 after all…

Wanna know more? Book a tour today!


Natalie Simpson

Marketing Assistant