We sat down with Jonathan Heaf, Features Director at British GQ and Boris’s master. We talk everything from man bags to doggy mantras…read on to find out more.
Tell me a bit about you:
I’m a journalist living in London. I started my career writing about style, coined the term ‘man bag’ and then went on to interview Justin Timberlake about fifteen times in one year for style bible The Face. Today I work at British GQ as their Features Director sending other people into danger for award wining long form journalism.
Your current obsession?
What must a Gent always do?
What should a Gent never do?
Turn his back.
When and how did you get Boris?
A friend of mine saw an email from a work colleague; Boris needed a home as his owner had sadly fallen ill and passed away. We took him for a test run and, of course, we couldn’t give him back. A dog is for life not just for a bank holiday weekend after all.
Lurcher; a cross breed between a bedlington terrier and a greyhound.
Boris is ageless. A bit like BBC news anchors.
His best party trick?
He can play dead for days.
His favourite spot in London?
Under the breakfast table on a Saturday.
Doggy manta for a well kept well behaved dog?
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx
Can you teach an old dog new tricks? And if you could what would you teach him?
With enough treats you can make a dog do anything. Apart from Boris. I’ve often wondered whether he’s deaf. He’s not. He’s just stubborn.