Chorleywooder Gabby Burke had a one-off Saturday job in Lords a few weeks ago… setting up an in-store display for Lily’s Kitchen pet foods and running a sampling session. We helped rustle up some canine customers to taste the product and there was much tail wagging in evidence from the eleven dogs who took part.
Golden cocker spaniel Clive was the keenest, dashing in at break neck pace and tipping the bowl upside down. Walk-mate Marley, trotted behind him, equally enthusiastic but more controlled.
The prize for patience had to go to black lab Aaron with German Shepherd Benz who both sat obediently with nuggets on their paws waiting for permission to eat. Benz’s buddy Reuben and pal Daisy enjoyed the snacks quietly in a laid-back kind of way, while rescue greyhound Maisie stuck to her long-time favourite treat, cheese and apple, thanking host Gabby with copious kisses. Gabby’s family-dogs, Pippin and Rio, were the coolest customers of the crew – together with ‘cousin’ Harvey, they’d seen it all before. Latecomer pug Dexter (brought in by young owners Ned and Tilly Beswick and dad) was totally unphased but clearly approved of Dad buying a pack for dinner. “This make is his favourite” says Tilly, “he is really fussy but he loves this chicken. Mum will be pleased we can get it in Chorleywood now!”
Gabby, who left St Clement Danes School in 2013 and did a degree in Environmental Science at Newcastle, has been working with the ethical pet food company for five months. She commutes from her Chorleywood home to the Hampstead head office where she is on a graduate training scheme and looks after sales to independent pet shops.
“ The Lily’s Kitchen range is called proper food because it uses natural ingredients, vitamins and chelated minerals (easily absorbed)” says Gabby, “The business was launched by Director Henrietta after she had been cooking meals from scratch for her own dog Lily and noticed how much Lily’s health improved. I love working there .. it’s great fun – it’s a young company and the dogs come to work!”
Selected products for dogs from Lily’s Kitchen at Lords, Chorleywood