If you’ve got a tennis ball that needs urgent chasing, furry Front Pager Stan is your man! In this instalment of our Day in the Life series, we take you through 24-hours in the life of an office dog. Spoiler alert – there’s a lot of ball chasing…
Name: Stan Raymond
Job title: Chief Ball Chaser
Sum up your role in three words: Perennially pursuing balls
How did you get into chasing balls?
As a dog, chasing balls is embedded in my genetic code.
What’s the best thing about it?
Running after balls or being at Front Page? The former is good for the ol’ joints and a nice way of killing time. The latter has its perks, as I’m treated with love and adulation wherever I go. It’s a dog’s life!
And the worst?
I chase balls, accept cuddles and treats, and lounge about the office all day long – there’s no such thing as ‘worst’!
What’s your career highlight so far?
Probably starring in my own Go-Pro movie. I had to work hard to stay in character but it was so rewarding.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a Ball Chaser?
I’d probably be a world famous acting dog in the same mould as the Labrador from Marley & Me, or the Rough Collie from Lassie.
What’s your morning routine?
Well, I have to confess, I’m really not a morning person at all. I usually get wakened by Jackie’s alarm clock at 6.45 but that’s my cue to turn over and go back to sleep until 8.10 when it’s time for my morning walk before going to work.
First thing you do when you get to the office?
Look for a ball. Then I do the rounds, saying hello to sleepy-eyed Front Pagers blearily booting up their computers. Then it’s breakfast time – usually I’ll scarf some lamb, rice and vegetables – tasty.
What’s a typical day like?
Chase balls. Mooch for the odd venison treat. Nap. Lunchtime walk in the park, chasing balls. Lunch. Chase balls. Nap. Home.
And, most importantly, what’s for lunch?
And finally, what time are lights out?
Being Chief Ball Chaser has many rewards but it’s tiring work, so most nights, after my evening walk, I’m fast asleep in bed by 9 o’clock. I need my beauty sleep.