Dogs of London: Barty, the coolest (and oldest) dog on the block…

We thought it was time we got to know some of London’s fabulous four-legged residents. So, first up for our Dogs of London Dog Spot is Barty who has several claims to fame, one of which is that he is Wandsworth Park’s oldest dog….

Wandsworth Park's Oldest Dog


What’s your age and breed?

I’m 96 years old but that’s just over 15 years old to you humans. My mum was a Black Mystery Mutt from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and my dad a Golden Labrador. My mum is still around as she was less than a year old when she had me. She ran off with a local pooch…both of them must have been rather good-looking as I turned out rather handsome, don’t you think?

Where do you live?
Dogs of London - Barty, Wandsworth Park's oldest dog

A handsome boy like me needs to be in London, don’t you agree?

I am a local London boy, born and bred. I grew up in Putney but my humans, George and Amanda recently moved to Somerset. I have to say I prefer it in London so I let my feelings be known and now we live between London and Somerset so I can come to Wandsworth Park as much as possible. That’s where all my friends are and where I love to be.

Who are your humans?
Wandsworth Park's Oldest Dog

Me and my human…George

I own several humans but my special human is George. We go everywhere together, George behaves himself most of the time and follows me wherever I go so I’ve never had to use a lead to take him out, not even when I was a puppy. I even used to let George come to work with me when I was a famous TV star but now I’m retired.

We didn’t know you were a famous TV star?

Well, I don’t like to boast. You may have seen me in It’s Me or The Dog or an advert for Nokia. It all started when I had to step in to save the day and show them how it’s done because the other pooches got stage fright and couldn’t do their stunts. All in a day’s work really. (Well, George’s work as a sound engineer that is).

Tell us something funny about your humans…
Me in my "Bart Cart"

Me in “The Bart Cart”

As I got a bit older it was harder to get around as I have something called canine degenerative myelopathy. So I used to let George drive me around town in my very own car…”The Bart Cart”. One day he was driving us to the local bread shop but I decided to get out as I needed a break as us senior pooches do. George just kept going without me, no idea where he was off to!

So I carried on and made my own way to the bread shop where the nice man gave me lots of biscuits. Apparently George thought I was lost and started putting up posters around town. Silly human, it was him that was lost, I was where I was supposed to be…at the bread shop having lots of delicious biscuits.

Do you have a favourite food?
Dogs of London - Barty, Wandsworth Park's oldest dog

My best “please feed me some bacon face”

I’m very fond of my food and I do like to eat what my humans eat. They cook me rice, mince and vegetables every day, ever since I was a pup. Apparently I get a bad tummy if I eat dog food. Little do my humans know, that’s just my way of getting the home-cooked good stuff, none of that dry dog food for me thank you very much! Other than that, I’m quite partial to some bacon from that cafe in the park.

Finally, what do you think about being Wandsworth Park’s oldest dog?

I was quite surprised to find out I’m the oldest dog out of all my doggie friends from Wandsworth Park but I’m very honoured to hold that title. I like it…it means they should all listen to my woofs of wisdom!

Dogs of London - Barty, Wandsworth Park's oldest dog

Dogs of London - Wise Barty

Our Dogs of London Dog Spot is part of the (not so) Wordless Wednesday Blog Paws Blog Hop



  1. 25th February 2015 / 10:08 am

    So handsome! My Mia’s face gets grayer by the day. We love her so much. Senior dogs are the best.

    • 25th February 2015 / 10:57 am

      Thank you! I think I’m very handsome too (and also modest). Mia sounds like my kind of girl, Love Barty x

      • John & Nina
        27th February 2015 / 10:10 am

        Dear Barty

        Elegant grey eyebrows are now becoming a la mode in your old stamping ground, Midhurst. Some humans are beginning to follow your lead as a fashion guru. The Ministry of Scents reports that the Midhurst odour range has ripened but is still not up to Wandsworth Grand Cru. We have not heard whether you caught up in your Barty cart with your comrade Benton, who sought to befriend the Richmond Park deer.

        • 27th February 2015 / 1:32 pm

          Wonderful to hear from my very dear friends John and Nina. Of a dark evening whilst reminiscing in front of the fire my humans and I talk about our happy days in Sussex enjoying the unparalleled walks, going horse riding with my humans and then when home, popping round to your house for some intelligent conversation and a biscuit or six. Ahhh I could go on but it’s time for my afternoon nap…….Love Barty x P.S. I’m still looking for that elusive pooch Fenton!

  2. 25th February 2015 / 11:32 am

    Darn, I was hoping you would have my parents featured, but they live outside of London. I haven’t seen them since I left the UK at 9 weeks old. This guy looks nice, though.

    • 25th February 2015 / 11:37 am

      Sorry Emma, we’ve been really busy and haven’t made it to Berkhamsted yet, as soon as we do we’ll let you know !

  3. 25th February 2015 / 12:12 pm

    Wow, Barty has had quite the life so far. I really love the Bart Cart and the story about the biscuits. I can’t wait to meet more K-9s from London!

    • 25th February 2015 / 12:17 pm

      Thank you, I’m starting to feel like a celebrity again, pawsome! Love Barty x

  4. 25th February 2015 / 12:38 pm

    What a great interview of a very handsome guy. Love those eyebrows!

    • 25th February 2015 / 12:51 pm

      Glad you liked it and thank you for noticing my eyebrows, I hope they make me look very distinguished! Love Barty x

    • 25th February 2015 / 2:44 pm

      I am getting lots of nice comments today! Note to self: make sure my human George sees this one about the bacon – very important! Love Barty x

  5. 25th February 2015 / 2:55 pm

    What a handsome fellow and you don’t look your age!

    • 25th February 2015 / 3:08 pm

      Now I’m just blushing! I think the secret to looking good is a daily dose of (human) biscuits and bacon! Love Barty x

  6. 25th February 2015 / 3:15 pm

    Hey Barty, nice to meet you. My mom tried to get my sister Sally to ride in a cart when she got older, but she wouldn’t do it. It looks like fun!

    • 25th February 2015 / 3:17 pm

      Nice to meet you too! I didn’t like it at first but then my human stopped zipping it shut and it was much better…better for me to jump out whenever I wanted to that is! Love Barty x

  7. 25th February 2015 / 3:29 pm

    What an interesting life that Barty leads there in London. I can understand how he’d be the coolest dog at the park. ♥ It was very nice to meet you, Mr. Barty.

    • 25th February 2015 / 3:39 pm

      It’s very nice to meet you too, I also like being called Mr. Barty…Thank you, I think that’s how I would like to be called from now on. Love Mr.Barty x

    • 25th February 2015 / 4:38 pm

      I’m a big fan if the Bart Cart too! Love Mr.Barty x

  8. 25th February 2015 / 4:19 pm

    Great post, he is the coolest dog on the block. Love the “Bart Cart” too.

    • 25th February 2015 / 4:37 pm

      Happy to hear you agree, Love Mr. Barty x

  9. 25th February 2015 / 4:24 pm

    This post is so sweet. What a wonderful tribute to such a beautiful dog. Have a wonderful day Mr. Barty!

    • 25th February 2015 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you for saying I’m beautiful…you have a pawsome day too! Love Mr. Barty x

  10. 25th February 2015 / 4:58 pm

    Love those grey muzzle pups.

    • 25th February 2015 / 10:29 pm

      I’m hoping the grey muzzle is helping me look distinguished (along with my eyebrows that is). Love Barty x

  11. 25th February 2015 / 5:43 pm

    What fun getting to know you Barty, and a star too! Wow, 15 years old! I love senior dogs, we adopted our golden Brooks when he was 11, and now we have Ike who is 9. And our spaniel mix Kelly is 13. So she’s getting up there close to your age. Do you perhaps need a girlfriend?

    • 25th February 2015 / 10:34 pm

      I saw Kelly on your website, she is very pretty! I’m afraid I do already have a girlfriend called Lottie from my park but I it would be nice to have an international fur friend…perhaps Kelly would like that? Please tell Ike that I think he is looking very good (and stretchy) for his age. It was lovely to meet you too, thank you for looking out for us seniors. Love Barty x

  12. 25th February 2015 / 6:39 pm

    You are a handsome guy, Mr. Barty, and I love the Bart Cart!

    • 25th February 2015 / 10:36 pm

      Thank you Rachel, I’m getting lots of compliments today about my good looks and my Bart Cart. Love Mr. Barty x

  13. 25th February 2015 / 7:26 pm

    I think that Barty is simply beautiful what wisdom he has in those lovely eyes~

    • 25th February 2015 / 10:38 pm

      I’ve always thought I might be quite wise but it’s nice to hear it from my new friends! Love Barty x

  14. 25th February 2015 / 7:38 pm

    What a handsome boy! And such a nice life it seems he’s had. 🙂

    • 25th February 2015 / 10:39 pm

      Thank you, I will tell my human George you said that about my life, he will be pleased 🙂 Love Barty x

    • 25th February 2015 / 10:41 pm

      I feel like a puppy most of the time but sometimes I get a bit tired these days. Lucky for me, my human George looks after me very well. Love Barty x

  15. 25th February 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Wow, Barty is one handsome old guy, and he looks great for his age! Loved the story about the escape from the cart and trip to the bread shop!

    • 25th February 2015 / 10:43 pm

      I am overwhelmed by all the nice comments about my looks! Escaping is my thing…I always know where I’m going though, shame the same can’t be said for my human George 😉

  16. 25th February 2015 / 9:11 pm

    That was such a sweet interview. Tell me why I tried to read it with an accent – as if I was hearing the words from Bart! LOL

    • 25th February 2015 / 10:47 pm

      BOL! Perhaps because I am a very distinguished English Pooch who only barks the Queen’s English? Love Barty x

  17. 25th February 2015 / 11:46 pm

    What a clever post idea! Thank you for introducing us to Barty.

    • 26th February 2015 / 8:14 am

      Thank you, I’ve enjoyed meeting all of you! Love Barty x

  18. 26th February 2015 / 2:38 am

    What a handsome pup you are! Obviously your humans take very good care of you! Love the bread shop story!

    • 26th February 2015 / 8:15 am

      Why thank you very much. My humans do take very good care of me, as do I of them. Love Barty x

  19. 26th February 2015 / 3:26 am

    Barty, you are quite handsome for an older fellow and you look very wise! Thanks for telling us your story.

    • 26th February 2015 / 8:19 am

      No problem, I think pooches (and people) look better and wiser as they get older, don’t you agree? Love Barty x

  20. 26th February 2015 / 2:38 pm

    Barty is such a handsome fellow! Made me click right away for the bloghop. Loved reading your story from across the pond. George is one lucky human!

    • 26th February 2015 / 2:42 pm

      Thank you Jessica! I think so too but will tell George you said that just to make sure he knows it! Love Barty x

  21. 26th February 2015 / 10:59 pm

    This is such a cool feature you are starting! It is great to get to know Barty! He seems like such a sweet and wise old man 🙂

    • 26th February 2015 / 11:03 pm

      Thank you I shall tell the humans. I agree I’m very sweet and wise (notice I’m ignoring the old ), Love Barty x

  22. 26th February 2015 / 11:03 pm

    Oldest dog, what an accomplishment. And most handsome too I presume.

    • 26th February 2015 / 11:05 pm

      Yes absolutely! Did the humans not put that in the post?! Silly humans…Love Barty x

  23. Faf
    2nd March 2015 / 7:36 pm

    Hi Barty !!!
    Wow, you have become such a handsome dog!! I’m so sorry that I’ve lost touch over years, I’ve seen many places and done so many wonderful things but I’ll always have a special place in my heart for you and your family. First of all, you have done such a good job of being the best possible friend to all your humans and humans you’ve met. Especially the Hitchins family and what a special family you chose!
    I remember the days when you showed me how to climb trees, and helped me with bringing tools closer when it was out of reach. Sometimes you surprised me with tools that i will be using without me even asking. What an intelligent dog you are, and you’d always bring a smile to the faces on everyone around you.Hopefully I’ll be able to come and visit you guys soon.
    Please send all my love to your family and tell them I will always love you and them dearly.
    P.S. I live in Zambia now looking after Rhinos and if you are up for it you should come and visit, there is a few friends here I would like you to meet and pass down some of your wisdom

    • 9th March 2015 / 12:02 pm

      Wow! How could I ,a simple (well maybe not so simple) canine have guessed that giving a little interview about my humans would end up with me getting back in touch with one of my very favourite humans. I have such happy memories of when you were my apprentice and I taught you how to lay concrete and build a magnificent shed out of materials largely reclaimed from the tip. George spent many many happy hours in that shed much to the fury of the guinea pigs that it was my duty to protect. In fact you may not be very pleased to learn that he cut a hole in the wall so that they could come and go as they pleased. I think that George misses that shed almost more than the house. Actually he is trying to build a rather superior version in his new house. Whenever he goes there he seems to get in rather a temper so I think he misses your expertise….
      And I miss you. I don’t think I’m up to a trip to see the rhinos as I can’t run very fast these days. I would love to see a photo though. I’m glad you’re having such an interesting life. You deserve it and I’m very glad you don’t spend all your time tapping away in front of a screen which seems to be what all my humans ever do. They all send their very best wishes and fondest greetings to you and your family, Love Barty x

  24. 8th March 2015 / 5:54 pm

    OK I’m sold – he is the coolest and most beautiful dog I’ve seen in a long time. Although I don’t usually feed bacon to my dog I don’t think I could resist that face. Besides he’s been around long enough he deserves it got being such a good guy.

    • 9th March 2015 / 12:06 pm

      I am really overwhelmed at all the lovely comments about my good looks so thank you! I’m also really glad to hear you think I deserve the bacon as I have my humans very much convinced and I wouldn’t want them to have any doubts about that! Love Barty x

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