With Christmas nearly knocking at our doors, our two resident dogs couldn’t wait to put together their 2019 Christmas wish lists
. Our Pomeranian Office Diva
has already tried one of her new seasonal outfits on and seemed very proud of it. With his dad’s help, Dexter Balloon Dog
also thought of some very special gifts out in the Lakes. Will they inspire you for special Christmas ideas too?
Both Pixie, our Office Diva, and Dexter, our Balloon Dog, regularly visit our social media channels. You might have seen Pixie before lounging on one of our desks while we work. Together with the crew in the Lake District, Dexter wished us happy 25th
birthday in our anniversary video
The two of them have quite different life stories and preferences, reflected in their Christmas wish lists too.
What A Rescued Dog Wants For Christmas
Our Dexter Balloon Dog set off to write up a very concise wish list, with his dad Jonny’s help. They got all Christmassy and took the job very seriously, as they always do. Dexter’s list shows a positive pragmatic nature, with a dreamy touch too.
And what else than a hot air balloon ride could have been top of his list? He is not called Balloon Dog for nothing.
Here is Dexter's Christmas wish list, simply put:
- A hot air balloon ride.
- A new bone.
What’s an active, full of energy dog without something to chew on?
- A new tennis ball, to keep both dog and dad occupied on their strolls around the countryside.
- Meeting Tofu – Richard Branson’s dog.
- Visiting uncle Rich – this is how our Balloon Dog calls Richard Branson in dog language.
His first three wishes talk about something Dexter loves most, besides his dad - the outdoors. And he gets to enjoy them even more working alongside our Virgin Balloon Flights crew in the Lake District.
Together with his dad Jonny, he hops on the Land Rover together and helps on launch and landing sites in flying season:
“Dexter loves his walks up and down the river side and charging along the canal towpath. He meets lots of his friends every day. His best friend is Rocky whom he meets on the beach. They go crazy running round and come back absolutely filthy!
Of course his favourite thing is coming out on the Land Rover to do balloon retrievals. He gets so much fuss and loving from all the passengers.”
Often found waiting for passengers and pilot, who share an after flight glass of champagne, Dexter loves being around people. But he hasn’t always been this lucky. Jonny saw him on a Facebook add when the dog was 18 months old. He was described as a “failed working dog”:
“When I found him he was lank, half bald and had scars on his head and legs. Even his tail was painful where it had been badly docked. He had been used for shoving down badger setts that he wouldn't fight.
When I got him home he was scared of everything. However it was clear that he was a very loving dog. It took a lot of work especially being calm and patient with him to get him to be the lovable sociable dog he is today.”
Jonny and Dexter met at a very difficult time in their life for both of them, as our crew member says:
“I got him whilst in recovery after having half my right lung removed. So he has healed me as much as I have healed him.”
Now he trains to become a therapy dog, so he can accompany his dad in schools. When Jonny doesn’t crew for Virgin Balloon Flights, he works with children with behavioural and learning difficulties.
What A Pomeranian Office Diva Wishes
Just like Dexter loves helping his dad out crewing for balloon rides, Pixie enjoys keeping us company at the head quarters.
She accompanies her dad, our Chief Pilot Kenneth Karlstrom, when he works in the office. Pixie has her own bed by his desk, but she doesn’t limit herself to just being pretty in her corner. She roams around from desk to desk, demanding the attention any diva deserves. Often, she convinces us to pick her up and let her lounge right on our desks.
In terms of her Christmas wish list, it truly fits her diva style. First of all, Pixie loves showing off her fluffy fur and her cuteness. So, obviously, she requires all the necessary means to maintain her beauty.
Here is Pixie’s Christmas wish list, as shared by her dad, our Chief Pilot Ken:
- A new snuggly bed for her spot under dad’s desk.
A diva eventually gets tired of all the attention and feels the need to retreat in her velvety alcove.
- A new shampoo to keep her fur fluffed up and smooth.
Preferably, Pixie enjoys bathing with herbal shampoo to avoid skin irritation.
- A sparkly Christmas outfit.
Wait, what? What do you mean she has already got one? What is a diva to do with only one new dress for the festive season?
- One of our Christmas Gift Packages, as Pixie loves hot air balloons.
The Luxury Package sounds fit for a diva like her. She could give the chocolates, Christmas cake and Sparkling to her mum and dad. Pixie knows how to be generous too.
- A jar of finest dog treats.
Yes, even a diva loves food, and can indulge in the festive season. Then she can chase us all to play with her around the office to burn the extra calories after the festive season.
A diva she may be, but Pixie adores her dad, Ken. It is only when our Chief Pilot participates in competitions that she stays home with her mom. Pixie has been with Ken’s family for four years now, since she was only nine months old.
She had a predecessor – Cookie, an equally pampered Office Dog. Cookie also joined in the festive cheer
with a cute Christmas outfit and he used to share his wish lists with us.
Family Christmas Wishes
Both our Virgin Balloon Flights dogs
adore their families. No Christmas wish list would be complete for any of them without something for their dads, Ken and Jonny.
As the Chief Pilot of the biggest passenger balloon flights operator in the world, Pixie wishes her dad all the best in 2020 ballooning events. When he will come home with great stories he can always bring a few treats too for his princess. She also thinks her dad’s company needs to add a few more hot air balloons to the existing fleet.
Dexter wishes his dad good health, so they can crew for Virgin Balloon Flights in the Lakes for a long long time together. For their shared loved of the outdoors, he hopes Jonny will get to finish working on his Land Rover camper. His dad knows Dexter is really excited to go away camping next year.