Introducing the Bluethumb Office Dogs
It’s high time we introduced some important members of the Bluethumb team. Our furry friends often keep us company in our Melbourne and Adelaide galleries, spending their days getting many pats and cuddles. Office pets have been proven to lead to happier employees, so we feel pretty blessed to have five dogs at work. Get to know the different Bluethumb office dogs and their unique personalities below.
The most famous of our dog squad, Grungle is PR & Communications Manager Freddy’s fur-child. He’s a gorgeous and gentlemanly Jack Russell who often stars in many of our Instagram posts and blogs. Never without his glittery pink bow, you can often find Grungle following Freddy around – or else looking politely up at you in the hopes of a treat! A man of refined taste with a fair disposition, Grungle has attended many of Melbourne’s art events and climate strikes.
Frankie is another long-standing member of the Bluethumb team. Belonging to co-founder George, Frankie is a star of her own making with her own Instagram account. As a French bulldog, she’s not the most expressive dog, but don’t confuse that with a lack of personality! She adores butt scratches, greeting whoever comes to the door with a friendly woof and maintaining her mysterious air. You can never predict what she’ll do next or what is going through her mind – but there’s a lot of charm to this eccentric cutie.
The only canine to be employed at our soon-to-open Adelaide gallery, Banksy is a young black labrador pup who has already shown an appreciation for the finer things in life. His delicate palette means that he loves to snack on the freshest of flowers (preferably ones still growing) – although he doesn’t mind the taste of his comforting blankie which is never far from his side! This precocious pup can already sit on command and when he gets too rowdy (as a youngster is prone to do!) it’s always jazz music that calms him right back down. Naturally with such refined taste and proud Aussie spirit, he has a passion for ethical Indigenous art, with everything from his food bowl to his bed cover celebrating Aboriginal art. Although he lives with our art advisor Amelia, it’s no secret that at work his best bud is our managing director Ed!
With her luscious flaxen fur and gentle nature, Golden Retriever Tenia is the calmest of the dogs. Although French is her first language, she’s quickly learning to bark in English and has had no communication issues with the other Melbourne dogs. Despite being a giant amongst them, she still spends countless afternoons playfully wrestling in the backyard of our Melbourne gallery. When she’s not working hard with the Smartrmail team who share our space, loyal Tenia is most likely chasing balls at home, sniffing butts at the park or swimming in the salty sea.
Senior dog Misty doesn’t come to work as frequently as the other dogs – the journey can be a bit tiring on her elderly legs. At the ripe old age of 16, she’s going strong despite being blind in one eye. Another Jack Russell in the office mix, she cheerily accompanies our photographer – that’s me – on the train once a week. Never without a smile and with her tail set on auto-wag, she has a youthful nature that still gets her confused for a puppy even in her twilight years. Outside the office you’ll catch her refusing to wear any clothing (much to her owner’s disappointment!) or contentedly napping in the sun.
Haven’t had your fill of adorable animals? Head over to our animal art collection for more furry cuteness!