Meet Christopher Jones, Front Hall Host at Bike & Boot Scarborough

At Bike & Boot, we’re experts in making a great first impression with a proper Yorkshire welcome.

In this Q&A, we’re speaking to Christopher Jones, our Front Hall Host. We discover his favourite parts of the job, secrets of the trade and of course, what dog breed he would be!

Tell us about yourself and the role, what do you enjoy the most?

I started back in July 2021, and have been with Bike and Boot for over a year now. I work as a Front Hall Host, aiming to give our guests a warm welcome and fond farewell, whilst looking after them every moment in between.

As for what I enjoy most, it’s hard to decide between seeing the smiles on happy guest’s faces, or seeing all the lovely dogs! As an animal fan, I can’t deny seeing so many dogs is a joy.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day can vary from one to the next, but mainly involves looking after our guests. You’ll find me seeing off our departures, looking after residents or welcoming new arrivals. Like any job, there is some paperwork involved, but ultimately our guests are the focus of all we do here, night or day, rain or shine, we are here for them.

What’s the secret to giving a good first impression?

The warm welcome and smile, every time. You never know who is about to walk through the door, nor what kind of day they have had. It could be a young couple eager to explore, or a large family where mum and dad are eager for bed. Everyone has different needs and we always aim to deliver, but that warm welcome and smile are always a great start.

You were Santa Paws last year and you’ll be him again this year. What’s your favourite thing about being Santa Paws?

Dogs. Need I say more?
It is a fun experience. I get to do a bit of dress up and play with the dogs. Some are nervous, some are excited, and some are too old for this stuff. All are welcome and get a fussing over. The guests love seeing their fur babies being played with, we have a chat and enjoy a laugh so a good time is had by all.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

Various interests enrich my time outside of work, but if I had to pick a first love, it would be my books. History, philosophy, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry. All the better when it is a beautifully made hardback. Nothing like a wet and windy day out, then home, wrap up warm in PJs and curl up with a good book. 

If you could be any dog, what breed would you be and why?

Labrador, big with a glossy coat, intelligent but dorky, and most of all friendly and loyal to a fault. With those big brown eyes which let them get away with every stolen bit of food they can swipe.

What are you most excited for on the new Bareca Christmas menu?

I don’t think I could choose just one item! We have classics like pigs in blankets, our roasties are excellent, and the Christmas specials have the Bareca’s unique twist on Christmas food. I think It would be easier to say what I’d skip – I know it is naughty of me, but I am sure someone else will enjoy the sprouts. 

To meet Chris as his alter ego, Santa Paws, snack at our Bareca between 12 pm and 2:30 pm on Sunday the 11th of December. Find out more about what’s going on at Christmas by clicking here.

Meet Christopher Jones, Front Hall Host at Bike & Boot Scarborough

At Bike & Boot, we’re experts in making a great first impression with a proper Yorkshire welcome.

In this Q&A, we’re speaking to Christopher Jones, our Front Hall Host. We discover his favourite parts of the job, secrets of the trade and of course, what dog breed he would be!

Tell us about yourself and the role, what do you enjoy the most?

I started back in July 2021, and have been with Bike and Boot for over a year now. I work as a Front Hall Host, aiming to give our guests a warm welcome and fond farewell, whilst looking after them every moment in between.

As for what I enjoy most, it’s hard to decide between seeing the smiles on happy guest’s faces, or seeing all the lovely dogs! As an animal fan, I can’t deny seeing so many dogs is a joy.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day can vary from one to the next, but mainly involves looking after our guests. You’ll find me seeing off our departures, looking after residents or welcoming new arrivals. Like any job, there is some paperwork involved, but ultimately our guests are the focus of all we do here, night or day, rain or shine, we are here for them.

What’s the secret to giving a good first impression?

The warm welcome and smile, every time. You never know who is about to walk through the door, nor what kind of day they have had. It could be a young couple eager to explore, or a large family where mum and dad are eager for bed. Everyone has different needs and we always aim to deliver, but that warm welcome and smile are always a great start.

You were Santa Paws last year and you’ll be him again this year. What’s your favourite thing about being Santa Paws?

Dogs. Need I say more?
It is a fun experience. I get to do a bit of dress up and play with the dogs. Some are nervous, some are excited, and some are too old for this stuff. All are welcome and get a fussing over. The guests love seeing their fur babies being played with, we have a chat and enjoy a laugh so a good time is had by all.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

Various interests enrich my time outside of work, but if I had to pick a first love, it would be my books. History, philosophy, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry. All the better when it is a beautifully made hardback. Nothing like a wet and windy day out, then home, wrap up warm in PJs and curl up with a good book. 

If you could be any dog, what breed would you be and why?

Labrador, big with a glossy coat, intelligent but dorky, and most of all friendly and loyal to a fault. With those big brown eyes which let them get away with every stolen bit of food they can swipe.

What are you most excited for on the new Bareca Christmas menu?

I don’t think I could choose just one item! We have classics like pigs in blankets, our roasties are excellent, and the Christmas specials have the Bareca’s unique twist on Christmas food. I think It would be easier to say what I’d skip – I know it is naughty of me, but I am sure someone else will enjoy the sprouts. 

To meet Chris as his alter ego, Santa Paws, snack at our Bareca between 12 pm and 2:30 pm on Sunday the 11th of December. Find out more about what’s going on at Christmas by clicking here.

Meet Christopher Jones, Front Hall Host at Bike & Boot Scarborough

At Bike & Boot, we’re experts in making a great first impression with a proper Yorkshire welcome.

In this Q&A, we’re speaking to Christopher Jones, our Front Hall Host. We discover his favourite parts of the job, secrets of the trade and of course, what dog breed he would be!

Tell us about yourself and the role, what do you enjoy the most?

I started back in July 2021, and have been with Bike and Boot for over a year now. I work as a Front Hall Host, aiming to give our guests a warm welcome and fond farewell, whilst looking after them every moment in between.

As for what I enjoy most, it’s hard to decide between seeing the smiles on happy guest’s faces, or seeing all the lovely dogs! As an animal fan, I can’t deny seeing so many dogs is a joy.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day can vary from one to the next, but mainly involves looking after our guests. You’ll find me seeing off our departures, looking after residents or welcoming new arrivals. Like any job, there is some paperwork involved, but ultimately our guests are the focus of all we do here, night or day, rain or shine, we are here for them.

What’s the secret to giving a good first impression?

The warm welcome and smile, every time. You never know who is about to walk through the door, nor what kind of day they have had. It could be a young couple eager to explore, or a large family where mum and dad are eager for bed. Everyone has different needs and we always aim to deliver, but that warm welcome and smile are always a great start.

You were Santa Paws last year and you’ll be him again this year. What’s your favourite thing about being Santa Paws?

Dogs. Need I say more?
It is a fun experience. I get to do a bit of dress up and play with the dogs. Some are nervous, some are excited, and some are too old for this stuff. All are welcome and get a fussing over. The guests love seeing their fur babies being played with, we have a chat and enjoy a laugh so a good time is had by all.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

Various interests enrich my time outside of work, but if I had to pick a first love, it would be my books. History, philosophy, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry. All the better when it is a beautifully made hardback. Nothing like a wet and windy day out, then home, wrap up warm in PJs and curl up with a good book. 

If you could be any dog, what breed would you be and why?

Labrador, big with a glossy coat, intelligent but dorky, and most of all friendly and loyal to a fault. With those big brown eyes which let them get away with every stolen bit of food they can swipe.

What are you most excited for on the new Bareca Christmas menu?

I don’t think I could choose just one item! We have classics like pigs in blankets, our roasties are excellent, and the Christmas specials have the Bareca’s unique twist on Christmas food. I think It would be easier to say what I’d skip – I know it is naughty of me, but I am sure someone else will enjoy the sprouts. 

To meet Chris as his alter ego, Santa Paws, snack at our Bareca between 12 pm and 2:30 pm on Sunday the 11th of December. Find out more about what’s going on at Christmas by clicking here.

Meet Christopher Jones, Front Hall Host at Bike & Boot Scarborough

At Bike & Boot, we’re experts in making a great first impression with a proper Yorkshire welcome.

In this Q&A, we’re speaking to Christopher Jones, our Front Hall Host. We discover his favourite parts of the job, secrets of the trade and of course, what dog breed he would be!

Tell us about yourself and the role, what do you enjoy the most?

I started back in July 2021, and have been with Bike and Boot for over a year now. I work as a Front Hall Host, aiming to give our guests a warm welcome and fond farewell, whilst looking after them every moment in between.

As for what I enjoy most, it’s hard to decide between seeing the smiles on happy guest’s faces, or seeing all the lovely dogs! As an animal fan, I can’t deny seeing so many dogs is a joy.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day can vary from one to the next, but mainly involves looking after our guests. You’ll find me seeing off our departures, looking after residents or welcoming new arrivals. Like any job, there is some paperwork involved, but ultimately our guests are the focus of all we do here, night or day, rain or shine, we are here for them.

What’s the secret to giving a good first impression?

The warm welcome and smile, every time. You never know who is about to walk through the door, nor what kind of day they have had. It could be a young couple eager to explore, or a large family where mum and dad are eager for bed. Everyone has different needs and we always aim to deliver, but that warm welcome and smile are always a great start.

You were Santa Paws last year and you’ll be him again this year. What’s your favourite thing about being Santa Paws?

Dogs. Need I say more?
It is a fun experience. I get to do a bit of dress up and play with the dogs. Some are nervous, some are excited, and some are too old for this stuff. All are welcome and get a fussing over. The guests love seeing their fur babies being played with, we have a chat and enjoy a laugh so a good time is had by all.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

Various interests enrich my time outside of work, but if I had to pick a first love, it would be my books. History, philosophy, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry. All the better when it is a beautifully made hardback. Nothing like a wet and windy day out, then home, wrap up warm in PJs and curl up with a good book. 

If you could be any dog, what breed would you be and why?

Labrador, big with a glossy coat, intelligent but dorky, and most of all friendly and loyal to a fault. With those big brown eyes which let them get away with every stolen bit of food they can swipe.

What are you most excited for on the new Bareca Christmas menu?

I don’t think I could choose just one item! We have classics like pigs in blankets, our roasties are excellent, and the Christmas specials have the Bareca’s unique twist on Christmas food. I think It would be easier to say what I’d skip – I know it is naughty of me, but I am sure someone else will enjoy the sprouts. 

To meet Chris as his alter ego, Santa Paws, snack at our Bareca between 12 pm and 2:30 pm on Sunday the 11th of December. Find out more about what’s going on at Christmas by clicking here.

Meet Christopher Jones, Front Hall Host at Bike & Boot Scarborough

At Bike & Boot, we’re experts in making a great first impression with a proper Yorkshire welcome.

In this Q&A, we’re speaking to Christopher Jones, our Front Hall Host. We discover his favourite parts of the job, secrets of the trade and of course, what dog breed he would be!

Tell us about yourself and the role, what do you enjoy the most?

I started back in July 2021, and have been with Bike and Boot for over a year now. I work as a Front Hall Host, aiming to give our guests a warm welcome and fond farewell, whilst looking after them every moment in between.

As for what I enjoy most, it’s hard to decide between seeing the smiles on happy guest’s faces, or seeing all the lovely dogs! As an animal fan, I can’t deny seeing so many dogs is a joy.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day can vary from one to the next, but mainly involves looking after our guests. You’ll find me seeing off our departures, looking after residents or welcoming new arrivals. Like any job, there is some paperwork involved, but ultimately our guests are the focus of all we do here, night or day, rain or shine, we are here for them.

What’s the secret to giving a good first impression?

The warm welcome and smile, every time. You never know who is about to walk through the door, nor what kind of day they have had. It could be a young couple eager to explore, or a large family where mum and dad are eager for bed. Everyone has different needs and we always aim to deliver, but that warm welcome and smile are always a great start.

You were Santa Paws last year and you’ll be him again this year. What’s your favourite thing about being Santa Paws?

Dogs. Need I say more?
It is a fun experience. I get to do a bit of dress up and play with the dogs. Some are nervous, some are excited, and some are too old for this stuff. All are welcome and get a fussing over. The guests love seeing their fur babies being played with, we have a chat and enjoy a laugh so a good time is had by all.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

Various interests enrich my time outside of work, but if I had to pick a first love, it would be my books. History, philosophy, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry. All the better when it is a beautifully made hardback. Nothing like a wet and windy day out, then home, wrap up warm in PJs and curl up with a good book. 

If you could be any dog, what breed would you be and why?

Labrador, big with a glossy coat, intelligent but dorky, and most of all friendly and loyal to a fault. With those big brown eyes which let them get away with every stolen bit of food they can swipe.

What are you most excited for on the new Bareca Christmas menu?

I don’t think I could choose just one item! We have classics like pigs in blankets, our roasties are excellent, and the Christmas specials have the Bareca’s unique twist on Christmas food. I think It would be easier to say what I’d skip – I know it is naughty of me, but I am sure someone else will enjoy the sprouts. 

To meet Chris as his alter ego, Santa Paws, snack at our Bareca between 12 pm and 2:30 pm on Sunday the 11th of December. Find out more about what’s going on at Christmas by clicking here.

It’s back to school season and that means lots more time without little people to worry about (yay!). It’s been lovely having the kids about in the summer hols, but now it’s time for the parents to have a break.

Here at Bike & Boot we’re all about enjoying yourself in the wildest ways, and we’ve picked out our top ideas for couples activities whilst on holiday in Scarborough.

1. Make friends with alpacas at Thorny Beck

What better way to soak in the glorious views of the North Yorkshire Coast than with an alpaca by your side? Escape from the everyday hustle and bustle with a calming walk along the forestry and pastures, accompanied by a new furry friend you handpicked yourself. Thorny Beck is open all year round so if it rains, al-pac-a coat (get it?!). Ps. dogs are still our fave.

Hotel in Scarborough

2. Walk (or fall) on water at North Bay Railway

Ever wanted to roll around on water in a giant plastic ball? At the North Bay Railway you have the chance – lucky you. If you’re really feeling brave then try the skytrail adventure- a two level rope bridge and beam course that’ll be sure to get your heart-rate up. Just try to avoid activities too soon after your fish and chips!

Holiday in Scarborough

3. Take a tour in Terror Tower

We promise our showers aren’t as scary as the one in the Bate’s Motel, but if you want to double-check then you can. Reignite your fear of the dark on this tour of genuine famous film sets from thriller movies. If you’ve got the guts to take the walk then be our guest (and don’t worry, we wont turn off ALL the lights at night…).

Scarborough Hotel

4. Watch a live performance at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

Our seaside town is full of artistic culture and we love this vintage theatre. Soak up the magic of the arts and visit the lovely Eat Me Cafe. The Stephen Joseph Theatre was established in 1955 on the first floor of the public library, and was the home of the FIRST theatre-in-the-round company in England. Shakespeare who?

Scarborough Hotel

5. Relax onboard the Regal Lady

You might not expect much excitement from an ex-war boat but this Dunkirk Little Ship has history and fun inside, with the chance to explore the Dunkirk memorabilia or even visit the cinema room. This pimped-out boat also has a bar so you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Scarborough Harbour with a pint in-hand. And if you really want to get into the spirit, you can take a ride on their smaller passenger boat, the Spirit of Dunkirk, which makes trips into the bay. Sorted!

Scarborough Hotel

6. Stumble out of the Stumble Inn

It wouldn’t be a holiday without a few drinks, and if you love that small pub vibe then you’ll love it here in Scarborough’s first micropub. The cosy atmosphere at the Stumble Inn makes it a great place to finish a long day (after visiting the Bareca, of course), with the chance to sample one of their five real ales or 10 ciders and perries before you buy. Just like us, they’re very dog friendly so bring your pooch along too!

Scarborough Hotel

7. Visit Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre

We know what you’re thinking- another theatre? Yes…but hear us out, this one is actually a music venue. Originally built in 1930, the Open Air Theatre is the biggest in Europe. The Queen herself relaunched it in 2010 and since it’s revamp it’s seen artists from the likes of Boyzone to Elton John on it’s stage. If Scarborough’s good enough for Elton, what more do you need to know?

Scarborough Hotel

So there’s our top picks for things to do in Scarborough as a couple. It’s time to leave the kids at home and come and see what all the fuss is about!

Most people would agree that there’s nothing better than a good old bike ride. The feeling of soaking in the crisp air whilst pedalling along – it’s truly unmatched.

However, do you feel like the ride is over all too quickly? Or generally underwhelming? Missing a little spark? Well have no fear, as Fat Lad at the Back is here to share some of our top tips to have the best ride of your life.

Explore nature’s backyard

Some people cycle to achieve PB, lose weight or simply to get from A to B. It sounds a bit boring, doesn’t it? And it’s those types of rides that you end up forgetting about your surroundings. If you really think about it, it’s incredible to find out what’s lurking beyond the towns and city centres. Fields full of flowers, breath-taking views, friendly animals and so much more. So, why not turn off the Strava for a day and go out and explore. Just see where a single path might take you, as you never know what you might discover.

Dress to the max! 

Comfort is key – especially when you’re cycling. No one wants to bear the continuous ache of sore plums or end up catching a chill from the British breeze. Our solution? Easy. Getting yourself kitted out in the best gear, of course!

The perfect way to start off with a strong outfit is to start with a good jersey. Using top quality, Italian technical fabrics with unique designs, our cycling jerseys are longer in length and have more room across the shoulders, chest and around the middle for a perfect fit, that will leave you looking and feeling great. If you’re a sleek style rider, we recommend our Incognito or Horizon jerseys. Or if you want something with a bit more character, then our Pie and Cake jerseys are perfect for you (and these are available in long sleeves if you want to be extra warm in the colder months!).

Hotel in Scarborough

Now for the bottom half. We don’t want to toot our own horn, but this is where we really shine. Our padded bib shorts are known for their top-quality comfort as the foam moulds to the body of the rider, to provide the best support where needed (and they look pretty stylish too).

Hotel in Scarborough

Next up is a jacket! By using the latest fabrics, our jackets give you the best protection from all of the elements whilst still being breathable. Perfect for layering up!

And finally, you can’t go wrong with a few accessories! Like our socks, caps and neck doo dahs, they’re the ultimate finishing touches to any look. Then you’re raring to go! And not only will you feel comfortable, but you’ll look FLABulous too!

Have a cheeky catch up

Riding with friends instantly makes the experience better. It makes you feel less lonely, is great support and moral when you need it – with enough laughs to supply you throughout the week ahead. So why not use your rides for a good old catch up!

If you’re in the market for some cycling pals, then check out our FLAB social rides. Ran by volunteers of the Fat Lad At The Back community, it’s a place where like-minded people meet and ride together. Everyone is welcome, whatever your ability.

Happy tummy, happy people

If your ride doesn’t have a scheduled cake or pie stop then you’re cycling wrong! It’s almost criminal! By having an end destination or little stop along the way, you can muster more motivation to keep going when it gets tough. It makes you want to pedal faster as you’ll be one step closer to tasting a sweet treat. Plus it’s always good to give yourself breaks to make sure you don’t burn yourself out. Did you know it’s rumoured the more cake stops there is, the happier you’ll become.

Have fun! 

It sounds cheesy but go and have fun! And with our top tips your rides will be far from boring. So go out and get cycling!

To find out more about us at Fat Lad at the Back, visit our website: https://fatladattheback.com/

The incredibly talented local indie businesses of Yorkshire deserve credit, and Emily Nicholson’s fantabulously unique pet photography business is one of them!

Emily from Pet Stories Photography recently joined us at our hotel, to take some pup-perfect piccies of the dogs here, so we caught her for a chat. In this Q&A, our Scarborough hotel got to know Emily, her business and her rescue pooch, Alan.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a self-taught photographer, animal lover and quite a sentimental person. I’m from a small sleepy town called Glossop in the High Peak, on the outskirts of Manchester, and over the years have been so lucky to call many UK cities home. A few years back, myself and my other half finally settled in Sheffield, just over the hill from Glossop, and we absolutely love it. We have such an appetite for adventure so it’s the perfect location for dog walks with our rescue hound Alan, as well as bike-rides and wild swims.

Can you talk to us a little about Pet Stories Photography?

Pet Stories is a niche photography service capturing pets’ unique personalities and the special relationship they share with their owners. We are based in Sheffield, but travel nationwide to meet and photograph pets and their people.
I launched Pet Stories four years ago now and it has to be the best job in the world! I get to greet so many personalities and sometimes I have to pinch myself that I get to do the work I do. Influenced by the lockdown, Pet Stories evolved into a talent agency with a sister service called The Pet Stories Agency, at the beginning of 2021. Already we’ve achieved so much this year and I’m excited to see how the business grows.

How did your business come about?
In a past professional life, I worked as a trend forecaster. However after struggling with anxiety, I left this fast-paced role, picked up a camera and found myself taking more and more photos of my best pal, Cavalier King Charles, Ted. Capturing Ted was a welcome distraction and the best possible therapy at the time. I learned how to use the camera and so I learned about Ted too. His daily habits and the aspects of his personality that I adored so much.

Capturing Ted and everything I loved about him made me realise that other people might want to have their pets photographed in the same way. Sadly, Ted is no longer with us and passed away in 2019. I miss him dearly, he was the most gentle and devoted boy. I will be forever thankful to him, for his patience, pro posing and above all, his encouragement to launch Pet Stories.

When I first launched the business, people thought I was mad to go so niche and not to go down the wedding photography route. Now, there are so many unique and amazing pet photographers. I would go as far as to say, pet photography is just as popular and in demand as wedding photography.

You steer away from posed photoshoots to show pets and owners as natural as possible. Why is this?

Pets are such a valued member of the family and yet, sadly they only get to spend a fraction of our lifetime with us. I find studio-style shoots can often lack identity or show the unique personality of a pet. On a Pet Stories shoot, I visit people and pets at home, accompany them on their favourite or most meaningful walk, or tag along with them to a much-loved coffee shop.

Pet Stories shoots are all about capturing people’s lifestyles with their pets. So, there have even been times when I’ve had the pleasure of joining a pet and owner in more unique situations such as on epic hikes or wild swims. Every pet and owner relationship is different and that’s what I want to capture for my clients. These genuine moments between pet and owner will be memories that will be so dearly cherished for years to come.

What is the best thing about your job?
There are just so many aspects of my job that I adore. Every pet is different which means every shoot is different. I never really know what to expect and I love that. It’s just a fun time for all and I happen to take photos in the process.

One thing I absolutely love is that I get to experience the favourite walks and parts of the UK, which I never would have come across if it wasn’t for the pets that enjoy them on a daily basis. It’s such a privilege to be able to share these special and meaningful places.

Another aspect that makes my job so great is seeing how pets make people feel so at ease. I’m a naturally anxious person – so not only do the pets I photograph make me feel instantly relaxed, but I can tell they take away the anxiety and awkwardness for their owners too. There have been occasions where I’ve had a shoot booked for photos of just a pet, but during the shoot, the owner has felt more relaxed and has become open to having photos together with their sidekick. These spontaneous yet natural moments are always the photos my clients love the most and the ones they choose as prints. Just them and their pet, being themselves and having a special moment together.

Animals don’t always behave! Do you have any funny photo shoot/pet stories?
Call me crazy but I have always said the more chaotic the shoot, the better! I love it when pets are naughty, or a little wild on a shoot as there’s atmosphere and more often than not, lots of chuckles by embarrassed owners that I love to capture. This is what owning a pet is all about and in my opinion, a chaotic scene always makes a better photograph!

One great example of this is when I photographed a family of Spaniels; a mum, dad and their three pups all living in the same house. When I arrived, the pups were zooming in and out of the kitchen and it was so interesting to see how their mum barked and told them off to calm down. It was a beautiful sunny day and after some shots at home, I ventured with the family to a river at the back of the house. It was the first time the Spaniel pups had ever been for a swim and it was such a special moment. As you can imagine, the water-loving Spaniels were all doggy-paddle pros, and were completely in their element. Again, mum and dad were there to keep a close eye and it was so interesting to document the whole family together. It was a privilege to be there for those first moments.

Finally, what is your favourite type of pet?
I genuinely love all pets and my dream is to live in the middle of nowhere with chickens, goats, rabbits, guinea-pigs, a donkey and all the rescue dogs I can accommodate. I have such a soft spot for guinea-pigs and remember as a child, I had such a close bond with my own piggie Cyril. They are such endearing little creatures and the way they chirp and communicate their feelings makes that bond even stronger.

Do you have any pets yourself?
I have a rescue dog, Alan who is three and a half. Alan’s mum was taken in as a pregnant stray in Cyprus and so Alan was born in a rescue centre. Once named Loco (which explains a lot!) he came to us at four months old – a little tornado that loved to chew and bite everything in sight. I have such a passion for rescue pets and for raising awareness on responsible pet ownership. We donate 5% of every shoot or model booking to The Wild at Heart Foundation, the charity who brought Alan home to us.

Alan is quite a nervous soul, but we have learnt so much about his personality and I just couldn’t imagine life without him. He needs us and we need him. He’s almost human-like in his expressions, noises and everyday routine. He loves to be with his pack (me and my other half Nik) and I love nothing more than when we get out into the Peak District and explore the great outdoors. Alan never strays too far and always holds back and checks in with us. And, it goes without saying that he’s a bit of a pro at posing and he genuinely loves it when I get my camera out. He will happily sit there and work those angles!

To find out more about Emily at Pet Stories Photography, visit her website: https://www.petstories.co.uk/