Bill Bowman and Astra

 

Dog's Name: Astra.

Owner's Name: Bill Bowman.

Political Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

Owners Constituency/ Region:  North East Scotland.

Describe your top five doggy personality traits

  • Loyal and faithful
  • Trustworthy
  • Cold, wet nose
  • Smells when wet
  • Begs for sweets

What are your top doggy achievements to date?

  • First ever dog was from Glasgow Dog and Cat Home
  • When at school, brought an unwanted puppy home one day; got into big trouble for that but Patch stayed with us
  • Supported the charity that introduced Guide Dogs to Romania

What would you do if you were First Minister for the day?

  • Introduce a National Health Service for dogs so that all dogs have access to first class veterinary treatment, free at the point of use. This will mean that no dog is left suffering due to owners being unable to afford treatment costs.
  • Make it compulsory for employers to give staff a certain amount of time off each year to spend time with their dogs and encourage their employees to use the time to go for long walks with their beloved animal and reward their dogs with a treat if they behave.

What dog related issues do you think need tackling in Scotland for your four-legged friends?

  • More effort needs to be put into doggy surveillance for stolen pets so that they can be tracked, saved and returned to their loving owners
  • Raise awareness among the public of what to look for when buying a new puppy to address the issue of illegal puppy smuggling.
  • Crack down more heavily on those who abuse their dogs and spread the message that cruelty to any animal will not be tolerated.

Which three dead or alive celebrity dog owners (political or otherwise) would you invite to your fantasy doggy dinner party?

  • Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer
  • Dr Noel Fitzpatrick, the “Super Vet”
  • Paul O’ Grady for his love of dogs
  • Mr Baskerville

Why should you be crowned Holyrood Dog of the Year 2017?

Despite not being a dog owner myself at the moment, I care deeply about the welfare of dogs and am a strong believer in dog’s rights!  Every dog deserves a loving family and loving home and by crowning me the Winner of Holyrood Dog of the Year 2017 it will send a strong message that dogs matter!  No dog will go on suffering because their owners cannot afford treatment and all dog owners will be actively encouraged to spend time with their dog and give them all the care and attention they deserve.

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