Known for being man’s best friend, dogs are often idolised as faithful lifelong companions.

Here at AOL we love the outdoors, and we love watching our furry friends enjoy themselves. There’s nothing we like more than watching our pups, whether they’re playing on our artificial lawns, walking through our picturesque outdoor areas or splashing about in our pools.

In fact, we love dogs so much here at AOL that we decided to dedicate a series of blogs to our favourite furry friends!

‘Dogs of AOL’ focuses on introducing you to the cute puppers and doggos from our AOL photo shoots.

We’ll get valuable insights from their owners as well as first person accounts from our office staff about what it was like to be around such lovely pups.

After all, every dog deserves to be the centre of attention.

Today’s feature pup is…

Lochie the Westie!

Owner: Anthony Cochrane – Content Writer

Lochie had a great time exploring our display centre!

West Highland Terriers, or ‘Westies’, are a breed of dog from Scotland. Recognised by their distinctive white coats, Westies are both intelligent and great with kids.

They were initially bred to hunt rodents, and as a result they possess a strong instinct to chase smaller animals.

They are active and social dogs, and are popular among families with young children due to their friendly nature.

Lochie is certainly no exception to this, although it did take him a little while to warm up to people in the office!

His first instinct was to explore, and he made it his business to know the layout of the office as soon as he arrived.

Completely ignoring everyone, he sniffed every corner, every desk, every bag and every bin before finally making his way over to the group and saying hello.

“Yes, I’m ready to be friends with you now.”

Lochie took the time out of his busy schedule to come and say hello.

When Lochie decided it was finally time to make some new friends, staff at AOL were happy to oblige.

He played the room like a fiddle, receiving pats and adoration from as many people as possible.

After Lochie’s lovable meet and greet, we took him out to our display centre to sample some of our products.

He frolicked on our timber decking, relaxed in the shade of our outdoor blinds and carefully inspected the swimming pools.

He especially seemed to enjoy the artificial grass, spending most of his time running around with a big grin on his face.

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and Lochie decided he’d had enough excitement for one day.

We loaded Lochie into the car to take him home, and he immediately fell asleep.

Thanks for visiting, Lochie!

Lochie was a bit camera shy!

What we liked about Lochie…

“It was such a good surprise to come in to work and see Lochie in our office! He was the happiest little guy and was very content to wander around exploring our office for the morning. We loved his nature, his haircut, and his cute little face! It’s safe to say we are all counting down until his next visit.” – Mary Moloney, Branding Manager

“Everyone was very excited to have Lochie pay us a visit here at the office, even though he made it very apparent that the feeling wasn’t mutual! His nonchalant attitude made us laugh as we desperately tried to call him over for a pat as he busily explored all over the office without stopping to say hello to anyone. The only time he suddenly became very interested in us was when he could smell someone’s breakfast as they walked in. He has his priorities right, that’s for sure!” – Julia Poturaj, Graphic Designer

“I always look forward to dogs visiting our office! Lochie looked like a little teddy bear and I wanted to take him home with me – I hope he visits again soon.” – Hanna Tomkins, Social Media Coordinator

“I’m probably a little biased, but Lochie is honestly the most amazing dog in the world. He can be very affectionate and often falls asleep on us, and he can be very demanding when dinner time rolls around. He’s very sassy at home when he doesn’t get his way, especially when he gets annoyed and starts stomping his little feet! We love all dogs, but Lochie has a very special place in our hearts.” – Anthony Cochrane, Owner and Content Writer

Lochie had a great time exploring – but he still checked to make sure we were following him!

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