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Peter Mills one of our Strategic Advisors, speaks to us about his role with K9 Nation, and his dog Margot!
What prompted you to join the K9 Nation Pack?
Being part of a community that wants to make a difference that means I get to spend more time with best friend, Margot! On my walks with Margot, I often meet people and I think it would be lovely to connect in a way that is non-intrusive, so a social platform that unites dog owners into a single community would really be important to me.
What have you been able to achieve so far as part of the team?
Helping shape the direction of the business and working with some really talented people to do that. I come from an agency background but also strategically I have been helping grow businesses for the past few years. One of the scenarios I have arrived at is, that having recently sold my start-up and started on new projects, I have a lot of experience and network that I can bring to the business as we grow it.
What do you think is in store for K9 Nation in future?
For pet owners, it will be up there with pets@home in terms of brand recognition. To expand on that more, I believe we are entering a new phase for the business community. It is about sustainability and that goes beyond simply being more sustainable for the environment. It is about the health and wellbeing of the people who work for you and also the business itself being based on sustainable practices. K9 has a founder in Becky Baker who wants to create a business that will live by these practices and that can only make the lives of people (and dogs!) better.
It has a big future and I am glad to be part of it.
What breed is Margot?
Margot is a Cocker Spaniel.
How old is Margot?
She’s 2.5 years old.
What made you choose the name Margot?
My wife picked it after a character in a novel.
Does Margot have a favourite toy?
Haha, too many! She’s completely spoilt but if we had to pick one, my nephew Thomas gave her one of his old footballs which she loves and to be honest has probably kept that around her more frequently.
Does Margot have any bad habits?
When she is off-lead, she loves to greet and play with other dogs. If people are sat down, she has been known to get involved, including once pinching from a picnic!
Where do you like to take Margot for walks?
Evening – when it’s quiet and I can enjoy my time with her playing and also reflecting on a working day
We are very lucky to live near an ancient woodland that encompasses the canal and the River Aire. From a nature perspective we are very lucky to have that on our doorstep and all year round it offers something for me which is enjoyable. In early spring the woods are alive with bright green leaves and bluebells. In winter there is a freshness and a starkness about it all. Luckily Margot feels the same way.
What’s your favourite memory involving Margot?
So many favourite memories. If I had to pick one I would say recently she slipped out of the house and we found her playing with our 90-year-old neighbour in our front garden. There was absolute joy on both sides, which was really sweet.
What’s your favourite thing about having a dog?
Companionship from an animal is one of the greatest gifts for me and I love her with every bone in my body. During lockdown I had just left a business that I had been involved with for over 8 years, it was a big change for me to be starting again. Margot’s companionship in many respects saved me from my own darkness at the time and gave me the positivity to go out there and start again.