Dog's Name: Murphy.
Owner's Name: Douglas Ross.
Political Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Owners Constituency/ Region: Highlands and Islands.
Breed (all breeds and crossbreeds welcome): Dalmation.
Colour: Black and white.
Describe your top five doggy personality traits.
Happy, playful, friendly, cuddly and determined.
What are your top doggy achievements to date?
Overcoming adversity. In January 2015 I was diagnosed with Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis (an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system) with a poor prognosis. Having undergone MRI scans and two chemotherapy type treatments unfortunately I still have the illness which is terminal. However, with a small dose of steroids and regular check-ups at the vets, two years on I’m still going strong and living every doggy moment to the full.
What would you do if you were First Minister for the day?
Ban people from asking my fellow Dalmatians and I “Where are the other one hundred?”
What dog related issues do you think need tackling in Scotland for your four-legged friends?
Training and responsible ownership. Dogs are pets but they also need rules and guidance especially when out in the public and off the lead. Basic training can ensure they play and interact socially with other dogs and enjoy their walks and play time.
Which three dead or alive celebrity dog owners (political or otherwise) would you invite to your fantasy doggy dinner party?
Cruella De Vil to show her how wrong she was to target Dalmations; First President of the USA, George Washington (a Dalmatian owner and fan of the breed) and TV vet Noel Fitzpatrick.
Why should you be crowned Holyrood Dog of the Year 2017?
In 2015, when I was diagnosed with my illness, my parents thought I might not live much longer given the diagnosis. They travelled to Stirling on a weekly basis for me and I think that winning Holyrood Dog of the Year 2017 would mean a lot to them and make up for a little of the heartache that my illness may have caused.