HE MAY not have a perfect record, but Doug the Pug has become a radio hit with his World Cup tips.
The six-month-old patriotic pup, owned by Basingstoke man Neil Ayling, is the official tipster for the Christian O’Connell breakfast show on Absolute Radio.
Doug predicts the results of key games by choosing between three treats placed on bowls that represent a win for the two countries playing, or a draw.
In good news for England fans, the pup has gone for an England win for tonight’s crucial clash against Uruguay.
While he has fared well against other animal tipsters, Doug did not predict the right England result last Saturday as he backed the Three Lions for victory against Italy.
Neil, 29, said: “It did not go to plan, but there are a few more games to come that hopefully he can get right.
“Doug is loving it as he is getting the best treats available. It’s good fun for me, being a football fan, and it’s quite good for Doug to have a little bit of attention. It adds a little bit of fun for the whole extravaganza that is the World Cup.”
Neil, a calibration technician, put Doug forward for the psychic pet slot when he heard the radio show was asking for listeners to share pictures of their animals.
After the station called him, he agreed for Doug to be their tipster for the Champions League final, a result he predicted correctly, and Neil is now a regular on the show to tell them what Doug has predicted for World Cup games.
For England games, Neil has to video Doug’s choice – and the pet even has his own Twitter account @dougpugbrazil.
Neil said: “I have wanted to get into radio, and it’s quite funny that my dog is getting more radio time than I ever will.”
The idea of animals being able to predict football results took off at the 2010 World Cup, when Paul the Octopus, from an aquarium in Germany, became known for his accurate tips.
This year, Doug the Pug has a lot of competition, including Adam Lallama, Porker the Pig, a fox called Ruel Fox, and Sunny the Sea Lion.