Ed Vaizey and Pepper

Owner’s Name: Ed Vaizey

Constituency: Wantage

Dog’s Name: Pepper

Breed: Cavapoo

Sex: Female

Age: 1

Colour: Apricot

 

What are your favourite characteristics in your dog?

Pepper is friendly and loving not just to us but also to everyone she meets. She is very well behaved but has a streak of mischief.

 

How does your dog enhance your day to day life?

Pepper has become a very important member of our family. She greets us all warmly in the morning, plays with us, enjoys her walks and then snuggles up with us in the evening. She makes us all happier, and our children enjoy looking after her. Another benefit of owning a dog is that you meet lots of new people – every time we take her for a walk, we meet someone and have a friendly chat.

 

What dog welfare issues do you think need tackling?

We must have better regulation of the sale of puppies, without which there is much abuse.  We need to ban third party sales and sales of puppies in pet shops, and licence dog breeders and sellers (set at one litter).

We need a review of the dangerous dogs law which does not stereotype certain breeds, while providing protection for dogs and the public.

I support the current campaign to make stealing a dog a specific criminal offence, as the rise in dog thefts show specific action must now be taken.

 

How do you ensure you are a responsible dog owner?

Pepper owns us, but we do try and help her.  First of all, she is microchipped and has regular trips to the vet to prevent worms and so on.  She is also regularly groomed, and we have taken her to training lessons.  We always pick up after her and walk her regularly.  We also ensure she has a healthy and balanced diet.

 

Why should your dog be crowned Westminster Dog of the Year 2019?

As a new dog, Pepper is a perfect advertisement for the benefits of owning a dog.  We have been through the whole process very recently– from buying from a registered and reputable dog breeder; integrating a puppy into your home; puppy training; and seeing the many benefits owning a dog can bring to a family that has never owned one before.

She is also amazingly cute!

 

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