7:30 AM February 15, 2022
They say that a dog is a man’s best friend, and no one agrees with that more than the boss of a city garden centre.
Paul Oxborrow, owner of Thorpe Plant Centre, has run his business in the suburb for 30 years.
But in more recent years he has shared the site with his best friend Bailey.
The golden Labrador and retriever cross has happily served his customers with a wag of the tail for seven years and has now found social media stardom.
Paul, 58, said: “Right from the start of the day, he’s keen. I’ve only have to say to him ‘Are you ready for work?’ and he’s at the door. He’ll come tearing around into the car park and he’ll be at the front gate.
“He’s a trusty companion. I know that people who have dogs form a very close bond. I’ve certainly got that with him, but he’s got that with our customers as well.
“He sits and watches the car park. He knows who he can approach.
“He’s always had that,…