We are so happy to announce the UK Office Dog of the year 2021 is Gizmo. Gizmo works at Lola’s Treats and Squeaks as a Social Barketer and Marketing Ambassador and shone in the paw-blic vote.
All our entrants were fantastic and it was a tough decision for the judges. So we gave Hector the Sausage (Instagram su-paw star) a bark and asked for him the woof on the judging … he said,
‘Gizmo clearly dresses to impress in the office, no doubt is a real pro and is raising the standards for all the office doggos’.
Hector also gave a special mention to Alfie and his essential role as Head of Biscuits at JCH Contracts UK. Scarlett from TCLReUse and Braylee from Aloha Massage stacked up all the tail wags and were certified crowd-pleasers.
We have caught up with Gizmo and his hooman, Jade, to find out how the competition has changed his working life. Read on to learn a little more about the official Office Dog of the Year 2021 in the UK (and plenty of dog puns).
How’s life as Office Dog of the Year?
PAWSOME! I want to bark it from the wooftops!
I can’t quite believe I have taken the title of Office Dog of the Year, 2021! It’s been a ruff year for some hoomans, so I’ve been trying my best to keep everypawdy happy and smiling around the office.
When my hoomans told me I had won- I howled with excitement! I’m su-paw pleased the little pitter-patter of my paws helped make my team happier and ultimately crowned me as Office Dog of the Year, 2021.
Since winning, I’ve been having a well-earned break whilst I get ready for Santa Paws, but I’m already looking forward to getting my paws stuck into working life once again in 2022.
What advice would you give to entrants for Office Dog of the Year in 2022?
Just be your pawtastic self! Be there when your colleagues are happy, sad or stressed, and simply spread as much pawsitivity as pawssible.
Whether you’re embarking on a new journey, or you’ve been part of the FURniture forever, all your hoomans and fellow colleagues really want is the love and loyalty you’re sure to give them.
To them it might just be another day at the ball park (aka office), but to you it’s about being there to cheer your collareagues on, making sure they know anything is pawssible with you around and being available to clear up the biscuit crumbs after tea break!
What’s your favourite prize in the winner’s hamper?
Everything in my hamper is rebarkable but my favourite prize has to be my new bed from Sophie Allport. As soon as I helped hoomans open the huge package, I tested my bed out straight away and thought it was so cosy and a pawfect size for me to relax in. I also love my new dog toy who I have called ‘RED’! My hoomans are also looking forward to playing Dog Bingo over Christmas and can’t wait to dig into their chocolate, whilst I enjoy some of my new Wagg treats.
What’s your favourite part of working life?
I love getting to be a treat tester for new products! When my boss sends me new treats out in the post, I get very excited when the postman knocks on the door and I get to open all the pawcels up.
I also love getting to be around my hoomans every day. Before my job, I used to spend lots of my days snoozing away to the radio, and I’m definitely not saying I don’t still enjoy a good nap to Smooth FM during the working day, but I also love being up to treat test, have my photo taken for new product launches, greet everypawdy (sometimes I even bring them a teddy and drop it at their feet to welcome them in, how’s that for customer service!). I love the early morning and lunch time walkies and being part of such a pawsome and hardworking team at Lola’s Treats and Squeaks!
Sometimes my hoomans might go a bit OTT with the camera, but I let them off when they give me generous rewards, which is quite often!
Finally, tell us a little more about the dogs you’ll be re-gifting some of your prizes to?
I’m su-paw excited and grateful to have won such a PAWTASTIC haul of prizes, but I know there are lots of dogs out there who are less fortunate than I am. They might not have a loving family like I do yet, or they might not get as many treats as me, so I want to make sure they don’t miss out, not just at Christmas, but at any time of the year, which is why I’ll be spending my voucher on some food, treats, toys and accessories for some of the dogs at Jan’s Dog Rescue in Coventry. A lot of these dogs are stray dogs that are taken in off the streets and cared for best they can be until they find their furever home. I hope it brings them lots of joy and happiness!
I’d also like to say a huge thank you to all the team at redPepper Marketing for this su-paw oppawtunity and for organising my wagtastic prizes, as well as everypawdy who voted for me in the pawblic vote and of course @hectorthesausage for casting the ultiMUTT vote and crowning me as Office Dog of the Year 2021.
I am extremely grateful and one very lucky boy. Don’t ever stop RETRIEVING!
To keep up-to-date with Gizmo’s adventures, give his Instagram account a follow here.
You can update yourself on the competition by visiting our social media here. So onwards to 2022. Who will be promoted and will even more dogs join the workforce? Keep us posted. Remember to keep up the good work and tail wagging. See you online, #officedogoftheyear.