David Torrance and Buster

MSP: David Torrance     

Region/Constituency: Kirkcaldy

Dog’s Name: Buster

Breed: Golden Retriever

Sex: Male

Age: 1

Colour: Gold

What are your favourite characteristics in your dog?

Buster is always up for an adventure, whether it’s a long walk, a weekend up in Aviemore on the slopes, or a swim in the Forth. He’s loved by all of my staff and loves to help out in the office (see photo). He always give a friendly greeting!

What makes your dog such a great animal?

We have a great mutually beneficial relationship - He brings out the best in me and is all unconditional love. He makes me feel safe and protected, and has an enthusiasm for life like no other dog.

What dog welfare issues do you think need tackling?

Puppy farms are a huge problem in Scotland, especially for golden retrievers like Buster. Too often unwanted puppies are abandoned, and those are the dogs that should be given priority in finding a new home. The puppy trade is inhumane that priorities profit rather than the happiness of animals.

What role should training and socialisation play in a dog’s life and what is your top training tip?

Training and socialisation is a crucial component of a happy life for a dog. As a puppy, using a ball was a great way to train buster. Considering he’s a golden retriever, it was a pleasure for both of us to train him. It’s always great to challenge Buster by introducing him to small new things, as it’s important for dogs to keep learning.

Why should your dog be crowned Holyrood Dog of the Year 2018?

Buster loves everyone he meets unconditionally, particularly regardless of political opinion. I love being able to spend my time with him and I hope my fellow MSPs do too.


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