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February's Staff Dog Blog
Castle Howard
By Guest Blogger  //  Mon 19th February 2018
By Rachel, our Head of Operations and Events
It’s the Year and the Dog and we are celebrating all year long at Castle Howard! Each month we will introduce you to one of our beloved staff dogs who will share their favourite part of the Estate with you. Starting with Blodwyn the Head of Operation’s Cairn Terrier for February…

Introducing Blodwyn, a 3½ year old Cairn Terrier

Stereotypically Cairn Terriers are very lively and intelligent by nature, yet Blodwyn has a calm and quiet presence in the office; having been coming to work daily since she was a 13 week old puppy, she knows to settle down and sleep until her lunchtime walk. Blodwyn loves coming to work at Castle Howard, she particularly enjoys the daily routine (she’s even a little discombobulated if at home on days off) and loves greeting staff and other office dogs in the morning.

Blodwyn’s favourite part of Castle Howard is Ray Wood – there are so many different smells and such a lot of wildlife to enjoy! The Garden Centre is a close second as she knows she’ll always get a treat from the friendly staff there. Blodwyn enjoys a swim during the summer months and has been known to jump into the Atlas Fountain, although we probably shouldn’t admit to this.

Office dogs create many wonderful and very funny moments to help us along on busy days. In addition, bringing a dog to work encourages us to get out and enjoy the gardens; truthfully, without a dog it would be so easy to stay indoors and miss out on the wonderful changing seasons and the chance to meet many of our visitors.

Blodwyn’s career highlights include – having a go at kayaking, Christmas lunch and taking part in a marketing photo shoot.

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 some doggy themed Castle Howard gifts.

The first Dog of the Month competition will commence on Thursday 1st March, upload your photos before 31st March for a chance to win the March Dog of the Month!