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The Moodie Davitt Report is delighted to bring you the latest edition in our Pet-sonality Profile column, in association with Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
In this regular fun feature, we discover more about travel retail pet-sonalities, their back stories, traits and habits, as well as offering some insights into their owners. Each pet-sonality is also painted digitally by pets and equine artist Sami Moodie.
In this edition, we meet ARI Global Promotions Manager Dorinda Kenny and her loveable ‘heavyweight’ Dudley.
Nickname: Possum, Duds, The Dude and, surprisingly, Blue.
Breed: Dudley is a Great Pyrenees, a breed which is known for being very gentle yet protective. Many are used for guarding livestock in the Pyrenees mountains.
How old is Dudley? He is nearly three years old and weighs in at 70kg.
How did you meet? Our friend Anna has seven Pyrenees. Dudley was the result of a love match.
Love at first sight? Absolutely, I’m putty in his paws! He is adorable and, of course, I am completely biased and not afraid to admit it.
Quirky habits: Dudley thinks he’s a lap dog. He is also a stealer of socks, be they on or off your feet.
Funniest and/or nicest moment? There have been many special moments when Dudley has made friends, be they human or four legged.
One of the most touching was in the park where a lady was walking with her friend, who was blind. The blind lady heard her friend say, ‘OMG he’s huge’ and she subsequently told her she was looking at an enormous dog.
The blind lady asked if she could run her hands over Dudley to see what he was like. I was so proud, he stood so still and was so gentle; I’m convinced he knew. The smile on that lady’s face will live with me for a long time; a truly precious moment.
Favourite trick? And treat? All things chicken. Dudley also moans until he gets his tummy rubbed. He can be quite persistent until he gets his way.
Social media account? No, not yet.
If Dudley could talk what would his first words be? What’s for dinner?
Favourite airport/airline: Unfortunately, Dudley is too big for commercial airlines which have a 45kg limit. He’s been on the ferry though, absolutely loves going on holiday.
Anything else we should know? Seeing is believing. Dudley is a big gentle giant who loves his food, walks and loads of cuddles. He likes nothing better than sharing the couch with you or trying to sit in your lap, with some hilarious results. Namely me ending up on the floor.
Click here for our introductory story on the Duty Free Unleashed partnership with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. The independent vodka brand from Austin, Texas has had a close connection with the welfare of dogs since its founding by Bert ‘Tito’ Beveridge in 1997.
The company has always been committed to rescuing and protecting the animals that have come into the lives of its people, and has even created a programme, Vodka for Dog People, to help that come to life.
Note: Through this new column, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and The Moodie Davitt Report are partnering to promote the work of brokenbiscuits.org, a disabled animal charity. As the world’s first disabled animal centre, its work includes:
- Providing equipment to families
- Offering homes to paraplegic, deaf, blind and disabled animals
- An education programme of visiting schools and universities
- Working alongside rescue centre, rehabbers and veterinary professionals
- Caring for stray and surrendered disabled animals
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