With my love for the show ring, and posing all over the place, when mummy’s prep school asked for a dog to play the role of Nana in the Year 6 production of Peter Pan, she said I would audition. She was met with raised eyebrows. A terrier? In a school play? Oh no, no, no. Let’s audition the Labradors and all the other ‘family-friendly’ dogs first. So we waited our turn. We were last in the line.
With my Ringcraft training, I came out miles ahead of every other dog who auditioned. I got the part of Nana and joined a long established tradition of pantomime dames. I love the lights, sounds, children, audience… I’m so used to shows that the moment my show lead is slipped on, I switch on ‘dog show’ mode, whatever the arena, whoever the handler. I was handled exclusively by small children for four hour-long performances over the course of a week and performed perfectly every time.
I’m sorry to report that my fellow human cast were most disappointed that all the attention and plaudits were nearly exclusively for a young master Chuck Bennett. Star of the stage!