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David Pearce, CFO, explains why he got involved and how K9 Nation is going to help him and his dog, Whisky.
What prompted you to join the K9 Nation Pack?
I was really impressed by the community K9 Nation was building and I wanted to be part of its growth. We’ve always struggled to find places to take Whisky, and my wife and I have spent hours scrolling online to see whether a café is dog-friendly or find the best routes for walks. K9 Nation is the product we’ve been missing all these years and I was happy to discover that Becky was trying to do something like this. It’s ideal for a dog owner to have all that information in one convenient location and I’m excited to be part of the team developing it as I get to see the app and the brand progress.
What have you been able to achieve so far as part of the team?
The K9 Clean-up was a brilliant project and it was great to have Dogs Trust on board too. We’ve always seen lots of litter in our local area so I’m glad we were able to make a difference and raise money for charity at the same time. We’re also in the works of designing the app ready for the launch so I’ve been talking with the team throughout lockdown about possible features to include and events we can organise. We’ve got a lot planned and I’m impressed by what we’ve achieved already despite the lockdown presenting a potential set-back.
What do you think is in store for K9 Nation in future?
I have high hopes for K9 Nation and can already see the positive response we’ve had from our avid users. It will be great to watch more dog owners join the community and benefit from the product. I know I’ll definitely be using it to plan trips with my dog and take the stress out of the process.
What breed is Whisky?
He’s an Australian Labradoodle
How old is he?
He just turned 5 in August
What made you choose the name Whisky?
It was a perfect fit due to the golden colour of his coat and my favourite drink!
Does Whisky have a favourite toy?
He really likes his Foobler, which is a toy ball that releases treats when he pushes it around. It keeps him occupied for a while because he has to put in a bit of work to get the reward.
Does Whisky have any bad habits?
He’s very friendly with people and other dogs in person, but he’s always barked at animals on the TV. We’ve tried endlessly to train him out of it but to no avail. I think it’s a territorial behaviour as he thinks they’re inside his home, but whatever it is, it means that we don’t get to watch many David Attenborough shows in our house!
Where do you like to take Whisky for walks?
Locally, I love to run and walk Whisky around Eccup reservoir. But we also have a holiday home in Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales which is a really peaceful spot surrounded by scenery and lovely walks like Ingleton Falls. We’ve taken him up the Three Peaks too.
What’s your favourite thing about having a dog?
It encourages me to get out and about, explore more of nature in my local area and be active. It’s also lovely to receive such a nice welcome when I get home, and he’s great company when we’re on the sofa watching our favourite Netflix series.