I’ve mentioned “Sparky the Stuntdog” in a couple of posts, and I think the time is right to share a bit more detail. Last year, whilst we were attending a local village show, we were approached by a group who were putting on a performance of their “stunt dogs”. The company provide dogs and all sorts of other animals for TV and film work, and were at the show showing off the tricks their dogs could do – limping, shaking their head, playing dead and so on. Very cute! They have provided animals for lots of difference productions, Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes as well as loads of TV adverts. Anyway, they liked the look of our springer spaniel (Sparky) and took my contact details, saying they’d like to borrow him for a day to see how receptive he was to training.
We found this hilarious, especially considering Sparky gets a bad rep in our village for being a bit dopey and smelly (well, all the best dogs are, right?). Fast forward to February of this year, and I got a call from Sonia (the lady I’d met), asking me if she could have Sparky for the day. The rest, as they say, is history. Sparky has now been over to Sonia’s place for about half a dozen training sessions, and has entertained the ladies of a number of local WI meetings with his early abilities. Sonia’s really hopeful that he will be used in some filming or other fairly soon – and of course, I’ll let you know if he is going to be appearing on a screen near you.
I filmed a few minutes of his training the other day – just on my phone, but it still shows him off fairly well. Take a look here if you’re interested to see how he fails at playing dead….