STRUTT & PARKER’S Edward Church has regularly had to negotiate on behalf of his clients’ animals. One vendor with an elderly cat was moving into rented accommodation where pets weren’t allowed, so Mr Church ‘rang the buyers to enquire if they had considered having pets when they moved to the country’. After ‘some gentle encouragement’, the purchasers agreed to take on ownership and care of the cat.
On another occasion, he had to negotiate over a duck house. The seller wanted to take it, but not its inhabitants, thus ‘leaving the poor things with no protection from Charlie Fox’. Mr Church brokered a deal on behalf of the ducks, whereby, if they were left behind, then so was their house. Another sale saw him arranging, for purchasers, the rehoming of a dole of doves living in a barn.
Strutt & Parker’s Roseanna Purbrick spent one dark evening fishing koi carp from a pond—the buyer wanted them removed. She sold them for the charity her agency was supporting that year.