Diary: When a shaggy dog invaded the soccer pitch

If second-guessing potential clients isn’t hard enough, last week GCI’s Ian Rumsby had the novel experience of presenting his agency’s credentials to a labrador-collie cross.

If second-guessing potential clients isn’t hard enough, last week

GCI’s Ian Rumsby had the novel experience of presenting his agency’s

credentials to a labrador-collie cross.



Rumsby encountered the hound - Hoz - after the two representatives of a

potential football club client turned out to be one man and his dog.



’We were expecting the chairman and perhaps someone like a commercial

manager.



’We’d prepared all the bits and pieces in the boardroom, the coffee and

biscuits were ready and then the chairman walked in with this shaggy

dog. It was certainly a surprise,’ he relates.



Account director Rumsby, and account manager sidekick Pete Mills,

plunged gamely on with the presentation, despite some rather off-putting

canine antics.



’When we got to objectives, his ears cocked up and at strategy he

started panting. But when we reached implementation he, er, started

cleaning himself. And it was certainly a he,’ he says.



None the worse for his ordeal, Rumsby says the meeting went very

well.



’He licked my hand at one point, but he didn’t bite. In fact, he proved

quite a light diversion and was obviously very fond of chocolate chip

cookies. The dog that is, not the chairman.’



What a wag.



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