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April's Staff Dog Blog
By Guest Blogger  //  Tue 24th April 2018
By Dave, our Resident Caretaker
In celebrating Year of the Dog we are introducing you to one of our staff member’s beloved four legged friends each month, this month we introduce you to our Resident Caretaker’s Border Collies, Luca and Olli.

Although often mistaken for brothers, Luca and Olli aren’t related in anyway, they just have similar colourings and are the very best of friends. They spend most of their time at Castle Howard and all of the time together.

Typically, the Border Collie is a working breed developed for herding livestock; although Luca and Olli aren’t working dogs Olli loves to watch and gaze at sheep. On their daily 4 kilometre walk around the grounds Olli’s natural instinct kicks in and he’ll stand on top of the wall between the Temple of Four Winds and the Temple of Venus monitoring the sheep, making sure they aren’t misbehaving.

Specifically bred for obedience and intelligence, the boys are exactly as you’d expect, very energetic, loyal and bright. Luca’s favourite trick is to pretend he needs to go outside to con you into standing up just so that he can pinch your seat!

As the Caretaker’s dogs, the boys are often involved in Castle Howard’s exciting events programme, whether it be overseeing the set up or inspecting the take down. Whilst Luca’s favourite event is Christmas (he likes to help decorate the magnificent tree in the Great Hall by sitting and watching), Olli’s favourite event is the Proms. Olli has been known to slip his lead during the set-up for the Proms event, he was caught twenty minutes later happily chasing swallows around on the North-Front next to the stage.  

We would love to see which part of the Estate our visitor's dogs enjoy the most. Take part in our Dog of the Month competition by sharing photos on social media of your canine friends at Castle Howard, tag us in your images using #dogsatcastlehoward. At the end of each month a winner will be announced and entered into the end of year draw to win a very special doggy themed gift. 
Upload your photos before 30th April for a chance to win the April Dog of the Month!
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