For the second year running, Castle Howard will be taking their dogs to work on Tuesday 16th September in support of The Blue Cross Animal Charity. In addition on the same day, any visitors who bring their dogs to Castle Howard and make a donation to the charity will receive discounted admission. The special rate will be two adults for the price of one on admission to the grounds and will only be valid on 16th September 2003.
Castle Howard is renowned as a dog-loving establishment encouraging both visitors and staff to bring their four-legged friends along with them. During Take Your Dog To Work Day 15 dogs of all sizes from Labradors and Spaniels to Terriers and Poodles will be roaming the offices at the Stately Home.
Many of the staff members bring their canine companions to work with them regularly. Poppy the Cairn Terrier, who belongs Heather Eisenhut, Interpretation and Education Coordinator, is a familiar sight during outdoor tours of groups. Heather comments Having Poppy with me for a tour is an excellent ice-breaker. Both children and adults alike make a huge fuss over her and she warms them to you immediately.
Nick Cooke, Nursery & Contracts Manager has been bringing two-year old Border Fox Terrier Cross Ben everyday since he was a puppy. Nick comments Ben is the fourth in a succession of dogs that have come with me to work. The advantages of having a dog while working alone at the Nursery are not only the company but also the security of him announcing if anyone is approaching.
There are even some dogs that live at Castle Howard; Lilly the Bull Terrier lives on site with the Chauffeur, Bob Sharp. Mr & Mrs Howard have three dogs who are often seen in the grounds: Sandy, a golden retriever, Bassey, a Flat Coated Retriever and new addition Naomi a Newfoundland.
Those employees who do not have dogs of their own welcome the additional characters to the workplace. Nicole Hingley, PR Officer comments: "Poppy is based in the same office as me and I find having her around inspirational, motivating and great for stress relief."
During the Foot and Mouth crisis Castle Howard was one of the few places open and became a haven for dog-walkers and their four-legged friends, a custom, which continues today.
Castle Howard prides itself as being one of the few visitor attractions, which not only tolerates dogs but also welcomes them and is proud to be considered a benchmark.