With Britain’s Got Talent in full swing, we’re looking forward to seeing the next talented pooch take to the stage, on our screens. Over the years many dogs have wowed, impressed and stolen the nation’s hearts. We know all our furry, four legged friends are special and unique, but here is a few of the wonderful hounds who have found themselves in the lime light and taken to a life a showbiz;
Lassie- Who doesn’t wish they had a pet like Lassie?! There was no situation the beautiful collie couldn’t fix; she showed the courage and loyalty so many dogs offer their families. Although the scripted Lassie was of course a girl, there were a cast of 6 male dogs who played the role.
Beethoven- As fun loving and clumsy as this huge St Bernard was, he never failed to steal everybody’s hearts with his loyalty and protective nature.
Rin Tin Tin (Rinty)- Appeared in 27 Hollywood movies, and in 1929 received the most votes for the first academy award for Best Actor, It was however, ultimately decided the award should go to a human….Booo!
Chandi – The 2010 Britain’s got talent star, was something of an inspirational story, fished out of the dog pound in 1997 by his faithful owner Tina, she went on to win the inaugural Crufts HTM/Freestyle Final in 2005 and then clocked up an impressive hat trick of wins in 2009 at Crufts, winning all three HTM, Freestyle and International Freestyle Finals in the same year setting three records (that still remain) ; first dog to win a total of four Crufts titles, first dog to win both HTM and Freestyle at the same Crufts and first dog to win all three finals in the same year! To then finish fourth in the 2010 series of BGT and publish her own book the following year, this talented, zero to hero pup has built up quite the profile!
Pudsey- Britain’s got talent 2012 saw the lovable Border Collie, Bischon Frise and Chinese Crested powder-puff cross take the crown, to go on and
Of course all these wonderful dogs deserve our attention and applause for their impeccable skills and dedication, along with their owners and trainers, but they are not the only ones to make it to our screens or tug on those heart strings. Dogs all over the world and constantly serving, entertaining and working for us in ways that must be highlighted and respected; Working Police, War and Farm dogs, Rescue and Guide dogs, Athletes, Homing dogs, Mascots, Sled dogs and everyday loyal and heroic pets that have helped in a search and rescue or aided saving the life of a human. Dogs, have, for many years played a vital role in the development and success of our culture, so the next time your delightful pup is chewing on your new trainer or splashing mud up your wall, just give him a hug and remember, we as a nation, wouldn’t be where we are today without these wonderful creatures!