Dog's Name: Bouncer the rescue
Owner's Name: Alex Chalk
Political Party: Conservative
Owner's Constituency: Cheltenham
Breed (all breeds and crossbreeds welcome):
Describe your top five doggy personality traits:
I’m really friendly and love being taken for walks, and particularly like it when my human throws a tennis ball for me to chase! I’m a puppy at heart and have a tendency to get over excited and then worn out quickly- it’s hard when you want to be friends with everyone. I’m loyal and loving, and my favourite food is treats.
What are your top doggy achievements to date (e.g. training classes, awards, tricks etc.)?
My good human friend Alex is looking after me for the moment, but I’m still living with the lovely people at DogsTrust because I need a bit more care after I didn’t have the best start in life. I’m getting better and better and learning to trust nice humans again- this is a huge achievement for me and I’m having fun too. I’m so happy to be entered in this competition, but my biggest achievement would be if I can find a loving new home- I can’t wait to find out who my new humans will be and give them lots of doggy cuddles!
What would you do if you were PM for the day? Any dog related issues you would tackle for your four-legged friends?
Hmm that’s a tough question… I would really like to see the end of puppy farms to make sure that other dogs have a better start than I did. It’s so important humans understand where their new furry friends are from so no dog suffers.
(I would also make sure there were tennis balls on every corner, make treats free all day everyday, and I would get rid of those funny hot air balloons humans use for fun once and for all- then we wouldn’t have to bark so much!)
Why is it essential that all children in the UK are educated about safe interaction with dogs?
Small humans are so much fun to play with, but sometimes it’s hard to know when they’re having fun with us and this can scare us. Some of my canine companions get so scared they scare the child back or even bite if they’re really nervous which can be dangerous. We don’t ever want to hurt you but we can get confused, so if small humans learn how to interact with us properly that’s best for everyone.
What advice would you give to children about safe interaction with dogs?
We have really sensitive ears, so shouting near us can be quite frightening. Our coats are very soft to touch and we love being stroked, but make sure you do this gently and please don’t pull our ears or fur. I love my dinner and like to eat it on my own- there is always plenty of time for fun when we’re finished and then we can give you all our love and attention! If you do this and play with us nicely, I’m sure we’ll soon be the best of friends.
Why should you be crowned Westminster Dog of the Year 2016?
Paws off doggy competitors, that crown is mine! Only joking, I’m really looking for the whole day and it’s the taking part which counts- I’m just excited to spend a day in the sun with my friends. Being crowned dog of the year would show that us rescue dogs really are worth the extra care. Good luck everyone, may the best pup win!