The Junction launches hunt for official dog toy tester at Dobbies Antrim

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The Junction retail and leisure destination in Antrim is appointing an official doggie toy tester in the run-up to Christmas.

The search, in partnership with new store Dobbies, will see the successful four-legged candidate visit the garden centre retailer to explore the pet department, putting their paws to good use, and sniffing out the best toys to keep Santa from barking up the wrong tree when it comes to gifts.

Essential criteria listed on the job application includes that the paw-fect employee must be a good boy or good girl, know their chew toy from their fetch toy and never turn down a game of tug-o-war. The successful candidate will be paid in treats, toys to the value of £100 and of course, belly rubs.

Dobbies at The Junction recruiting for an official dog toy tester this Christmas. Picture: Released by The JunctionDobbies at The Junction recruiting for an official dog toy tester this Christmas. Picture: Released by The Junction
Dobbies at The Junction recruiting for an official dog toy tester this Christmas. Picture: Released by The Junction

To submit an application for the role of Christmas dog toy tester, shoppers are asked to send a video of their pups having fun to The Junction’s Facebook profile @TheJunctionAntrim (via private message), or by email via [email protected].

Applications will close on Wednesday, December 6 at 5pm and the winner will be announced on Thursday, December 7.

Candidates must be available for a VIP experience at the store on Sunday, December 10 before opening (between 10am-12noon).

Chris Flynn, centre director of The Junction said: “Due to the overwhelming success of 2020’s toy tester recruitment campaign, we are back with a twist, and are now on the lookout to find The Junction’s first ever dog toy tester. As a dog-friendly scheme, we are very excited to hire our first furry employee.

“Dobbies has a great pet range in store and since it opened in October, we have seen a rise in dogs visiting. More and more people are buying presents and clothing for their dogs at Christmas but it can sometimes be difficult to know which toys to go for.

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Our expert dog toy tester will be able to try and test the latest and greatest on the shelves and hopefully make that decision a little easier for our customers.”

Ken Ferguson, general manager at Dobbies Antrim said: "Pets are important to our customers and we believe they should be treated just like one of the family.

"We love seeing them in the store with us and we’re excited to see all the playful pups from around Antrim apply to be our official dog toy tester 2023.”

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