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