Dog's Name: Cinder.
Owner's Name: Richard Lochhead.
Political Party: SNP.
Owners Constituency/ Region: Moray.
Breed (all breeds and crossbreeds welcome): Crossbreed Patterdale/Border/Lakeland/Jack Russell – 100% terrier!
Colour: Black and tan.
Describe your top five doggy personality traits.
Energetic, fun, curious, sociable, tenacious.
What are your top doggy achievements to date?
Swims like an Olympian, bullet like speed, looked after my owner when she was ill, won 1st prize at the famous Aberlour Highland Games in Speyside for Family Dog!
What would you do if you were First Minister for the day?
Ban hoovers from Bute House as they are evil and replace the stock of Tunnocks Caramel Wavers with good quality locally sourced doggy biscuits and wafer thin ham for my guests.
What dog related issues do you think need tackling in Scotland for your four-legged friends?
- More doggy poo bins and fine people for not taking their poo bags home
- More doggy friendly places to eat
- Tackle illegal puppy trading
Which three dead or alive celebrity dog owners (political or otherwise) would you invite to your fantasy doggy dinner party?
Mary Queen of Scots whose loyal Maltese terrier came out from under her skirts after she was beheaded and Andy Murray who has a terrier demonstrating tenacity. Bruce Springsteen has a Labrador and he makes great music.
Why should you be crowned Holyrood Dog of the Year 2017?
I may never win at Crufts or excel in obedience class but in terms of how to live a happy life, I am a role model that everyone including politicians should aspire to. I understand the importance of tenacity, loyalty, activity, companionship, forgiveness, joy and love.