Sgt Watchman V

Sgt Watchman V.
 

Dog’s Name: Sgt Watchman V    

Owner's Name: Greg Hedges, as a mascot he belongs the people of Staffordshire. The dog is gifted to the Staffordshire Regimental Association from the people of Burton upon Trent, who cover his costs.

MPs:

  • Amanda Milling – Cannock Chase
  • Andrew Griffiths – Burton
  • Gavin Williamson – South Staffordshire
  • Michael Fabricant – Lichfield
  • Christopher Pincher – Tamworth
  • Jeremy Lefroy – Stafford

Political Party: Conservative

Owner's Constituency: Stafford

Breed (all breeds and crossbreeds welcome): Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Sex: Male

Age: 6

Colour: Black

Describe your top five doggy personality traits:

  • He has tonnes of loyalty and patients, something needed on parade.
  • He is the world’s best quilt thief.
  • He tries very very hard to talk to his human mum and dad, and anyone he meets! (he is secretly a big softie).
  • He could teach Dyson a thing or two about hoovering carpets.
  • He loves to meet new humans and have human friends of all age groups.

What are your top doggy achievements to date (e.g. training classes, awards, tricks etc.)?

  • He has meet all the Royal Family members except the Queen, but he will one day meet her as part of his duties.
  • He visited the Field of Remembrance every year, and always has chat with the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry, who pet him.
  • He has learnt to tell his human aunty when she is going to have a fit.
  • He has been, and if he wins again, the Cover Boy for Staffordshire Life.
  • He has Beer, Mugs Pens, Bags and Badges all made with him on it.
  • He has Freedom of many town’s in Staffordshire, including Tamworth, Newcastle, Cannock, Rugley and Hednesford and other smaller parishes in Staffordshire!
  • He has been promoted several times by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire’s wife. He is now a Sergeant. The last promotion was part of the St George’s Day celebrations in Tamworth.
  • You can Google him, but be Careful when you go on the web (Watchman, not watchmen).
  • He is to be immortalised in bronze statutes, current plans are for one at the National Memorial Arboretum and one for Tamworth.
  • He has a cartoon creature of him used by the Staffordshire Regiment Museum.

What would you do if you were PM for the day? Any dog related issues you would tackle for your four-legged friends?

He would work very hard to promote the breed in a positive light.

He has done a campaign with the RSPCA, to promote a rehoming programme of abused or abandoned dogs, so would use this position to further promote this scheme.

Hold public street parties and family events in Staffordshire, because this honour would be a celebration for all of Staffordshire.

Why is it essential that all children in the UK are educated about safe interaction with dogs?

He would work very hard to promote the breed in a positive light.

He has done a campaign with the RSPCA, to promote a rehoming programme of abused or abandoned dogs, so would use this position to further promote this scheme.

Hold public street parties and family events in Staffordshire, because this honour would be a celebration for all of Staffordshire.

What advice would you give to children about safe interaction with dogs?

Children need to learn safe interaction because it is important to learn the difference between approachable dogs and correct behaviour around dogs when they are close. Children also need to learn how to stay away from potentially dangerous dogs and the warning signs from animals. By teaching children who are scared of dogs and those children who are too friendly the correct behaviour, for both theirs and the dogs safety, incidents with children could be reduced.

Why should you be crowned Westminster Dog of the Year 2016?

Watchman is a unique tradition and is owned by all the people of Staffordshire. The tradition goes back generations. When a Watchman is lost, not only does another take his place, he is buried with full military honours. Something unheard of in the country. As a public figure and a proud representative of Staffordshire’s fighting men and women, this honour would be shared by them and the whole of the Staffordshire regimental family, truly touching the hearts of a whole county.

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