Michael Gove and Muffin

Owner’s Name: Michael Gove    

Constituency: Surrey Heath

Dog’s Name: Muffin

Breed: Lhasa Apso/Dachshund cross

Sex: Female

Age: Two-and-a-half

Colour: White and caramel

What are your favourite characteristics in your dog?

The way her ears bounce when she runs. Also, she likes to chat. She makes funny little purring noises. And she and the cat get on like a house on fire.

How does your dog enhance your day to day life?

Nothing is ever all that bad when there’s a Muffin in the world. Also, she keeps Snowy, our neurotic Bichon Frise rescue, very happy with her constant cuddles. They are inseparable.

What dog welfare issues do you think need tackling?

New dog owners should be obliged to undertake training sessions to make sure they understand the implications of owning a dog.

How can you minimise stress to your dog during fireworks displays?

Close curtains and windows and reassure the dog. Cuddles. Weirdly, though, Muffin is not afraid of fireworks. But she really doesn't like Abba. 

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

Because she is loyal, sweet-natured, extremely beautiful and brings joy to all who meet her.

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