Welcome Sid, winner of Woof Factor 2001, to THE DOG FILES. In this interview we get behind the headlines to find out more about this dog star…
AGE: I can’t remember quite how old I am. My vet says I must be about 10.
BREED: Lovable Labrador
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE WOOF FACTOR? It’s a photo competition run by the wonderful Oldies charity, which finds lovely warm firesides for us old boys and girls who haven’t got a home of our own. I won some lovely prizes, including one from Merry Dogs!
SO WHAT’S YOUR RESCUE STORY? Two and a half years ago I woke up in a vet’s, and I can’t remember anything before that. Apparently I had been in a dog pound for six weeks, becoming more and more poorly – I had pneumonia… A lady rescued me from the pound and took me to her vets. She was my guardian angel! I spent five days there on a drip, and they didn’t think I was going to survive.
But I did, thanks to their care. My guardian angel asked the Oldies Club if they would care for me, and they took me to my foster home. I had to share this house with two of the oddest looking dogs I have ever seen – they’re called Bassets. Anyway, my fosterers joined that popular society, the Failed Fosterers Club, and here I still am, two and a half years later, with the odd Bassets and my dear family.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR NEW HOME? Good food (especially the homemade stuff), long walks and lying on my bed in front of the wood-burner.
WHO IS YOUR BFF AND WHY? Well, the Basset girls tend to gang up together – so I am friend to all the fosters who come to stay, big or small. It’s very sad when they leave to go to their new homes – but I know another confused soul will be along soon who will need my companionship. I do have a furry pheasant that I am very fond of – does he count?
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PERFECT DAY? A cooked breakfast, a stroll in the countryside (with horse-poo treats for sustenance) and the pub for lunch. Home, nap, afternoon tea, nap, dinner, cuddle up with pheasant for nap. I wuf naps!
ANY DISLIKES? Having my ears cleaned and my feet washed – yuk!
WHAT WELL-KNOWN SONG COULD HAVE BEEN WRITTEN WITH YOU IN MIND? My family chose this – ‘Simply the Best’ by Tina Turner. It’s made me blush..
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT HAVING YOU AROUND? The fact that I am just perfect! My family love it when I join them on walks, and I have a large repertoire of tricks. Oh and I follow commands (the bassets are rather wayward!). They cannot understand how I ended up in the pound.
IF YOU WERE HUMAN, WHAT JOB WOULD YOU HAVE? My family always insists than I have been in the RAF – one of the loyal hounds who sits beside the runway counting the planes out and back in again. I even have a cartoon of myself in uniform, and very dashing I look too!