Tell us about Otis and how he came into your life.
I grew up with dogs, so missed the companionship ever since I’d left my parent’s home and their schnauzers. My partner and I discussed getting a dog for a good six months or so. Then we went to Morocco in 2015 and came across a tiny puppy that’d wandered into the road while we were travelling between Marrakech and the coast. Sadly, it’s a long and difficult process bringing Moroccan dogs into the UK. We found a family nearby that took him in and as soon as we got back to London, began to look for one of our own. A couple of weeks later came Otis!
How does Otis fit into a general working day at Ren London?
He provides structure to my day by way of park breaks and a play pal for my daughter, Marni. He does a great job at keeping Marni busy while I get on with emails. On shoot days, he mills around and charms everyone (and photobombs so hard!).
When you’re not working, where do you and Otis like to hang out?
We all start our day with a coffee at our favourite deli and head to the park where Otis gets his first walk of the day. At the weekends we try to get out of town for longer walks. Getting lost in Epping Forest is a nice way to spend an afternoon. We also have a secret spot near the Henry Moore Sculpture Park where we like to have a picnic and Otis takes a dip in a lily pond nearby.
What essentials do you always have on you when heading out with Otis, and what do you carry them in?
One of our kintail leads, poo bags, and a tin of Yoko treats. The hands free lead is a life saver! I cart everything around in my daughter’s buggy where I also keep a spare dog jacket for when it’s wet and muddy outside.
What adventures do you and Otis have planned for the rest of the year?
Our annual roadtrip to the south of France come August. One of the stops to break up the journey is in Normandy where we spend a weekend in an old chateau and we refer to it as “Otis holiday” because he spends the weekend romancing the host’s golden retriever, Loup. They’re inseparable the entire time. At our destination he spends his days rescuing floating toys from the pool.