Tell us about Raph and how he came into your life.
I’ve had Raph for five years now; we collected him when he was 8-weeks-old. My now husband and I had been talking about getting a dog for a while and we’d decided we wanted to get a border terrier as we’d heard they were full of character and personality. One night, when Ric was at his parents’ in Yorkshire, he sent me a picture of an old-school ‘puppies for sale’ A4 print-out that was up on a pin board in his local pub. We called the number the next day. When we went to see the pups at a local farm, there was only two left from a litter of six. There was a very excitable girl and a shy, quiet boy. We both fell in love with the boy, took him home and called him Raph.
How does Raph fit into a general day working at Evermore?
Raph comes along to my studio with me, some days he’ll go to work with my husband and hang out with him at his studio. Before coming to work with me, we go on a big walk so he’s a bit more chilled in the studio! He’ll have a little sleep in the morning and then spend most of the day catching some rays outside and introducing himself to the customers at the coffee shop next door.
When you’re not working, where do you and Raph like to hang out?
We tend to hang out at Leyton Jubilee Park and Hackney Marshes. There’s a little opening to Lea Bridge canal that’s a perfect (and safe) swim spot. It was a hidden gem last year, but it’s actually becoming quite a popular place to hang out now. Raph loves the water, so it’s the perfect place for him to cool off during the summer.
What essentials do you always have on you when heading out with Raph, and what do you carry them in?
If it’s rainy or cold, Raph always has his camo dog jacket on from Kintails. We’ve also got our eye on the Kintails quilted travel blanket.
What adventures do you and Raph have planned for the rest of the year?
Weekly picnics on Hackney Marshes and a camping trip to Wales