pets in leeds: hollyBack
Holly’s day starts around seven o’clock with a walk or a run in Roundhay Park. Holly is taller than average and has the energy of someone much bigger; on a good day she might run 10k before breakfast time, then she leaves for work.
Holly is Head of Balls and Bouncing About at Duke Studios, a job she took when she was just twelve weeks old. Laura and James at Duke had been looking for someone to keep things positive at their new building on Sheaf Street, and despite her youth and initial shyness, when Katie introduced them they thought Holly was perfect for the role.
Holly makes friends easily, although her pal Dolly can’t keep up the pace if they hang out for too long. Holly did once push a puppy into the lake at Roundhay, but she has always kept the secret of whether that was due to annoyance or exuberance.
Work usually means a couple of hours of napping before she takes care of the day’s business, meeting with Laura for a catch up and debrief. She’ll take a little walk at lunchtime, when she can take her pick of companions, before an afternoon of more sleeping or more meetings. Laura will often take Holly into a meeting to shed new light on a variety of important topics, and when she raises a bushy eyebrow and places a redoubtable paw on the table it means she has either an intelligent contribution to make, or has spotted some unguarded food to steal.
The week before we met, Holly had been given a closer than expected haircut that really emphasised those eyebrows, which for a few days weighed heavy with a mild identity crisis. Happily she was much more into her new look by the time we came to take her photograph.
Since beginning work so young at Duke Studios, and taking up a part-time second job at Belgrave Music Hall, Holly has become socially very well adjusted, and she isn’t worried by people or crowds or loud music. At the Duke Studios fireworks party Holly ignored the fireworks, and concentrated on eating her macaroni cheese.
Holly gets excited about meeting new people, especially people who might have a biscuit for her; potentially there is always maybe a biscuit. Once she’s sure the new person is well looked after for balls and bouncing about, she’ll return to her pillows to keep an eye on the vibe, and to think about growing her hair.
Originally published in The City Talking: Leeds, issue 32